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  •  I live..... (2+ / 0-)
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    in a city of about 115,000 2 1/2 hours from Chicago. Unless you're looking for used books, there aren't any local, independently-owned booksellers here. The ones we used to have went out of business.

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    by Louisiana 1976 on Wed Mar 05, 2008 at 08:24:33 AM PST

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    •  excactly my point (0+ / 0-)

      there aren't any local, independently-owned booksellers here. The ones we used to have went out of business.

      B&N is one of the big reasons they went out of Business.

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      by ballerina X on Wed Mar 05, 2008 at 08:51:33 AM PST

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    •  Strange factoid... (1+ / 0-)
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      For some reason, the opening of a Barnes and Noble in my hometown 1 hour SSE of Chicago did not kill off the local bookstore.  Nor did the Borders up in Highland kill off Miles Books.  Perhaps it did force them to specialize a bit.  Remarkable Book Store specializes in used paperbacks and baseball cards, but will special-order the new stuff.  Miles Books' owner claims that he can get any book in print anywhere, and word on the street is that he does.  

      It did kill B. Dalton and Waldenbooks, largely because the big bookstores took them over.  So we had to go across the street (B&N) or downstairs (Borders).  Yawn.

      The bookstore/coffeehouses also offer a great place to hang out without the expectation of getting drunk.  They tend to be safe places for teens to hang out -- no troublemaker in his right mind would be caught dead in a bookstore.  

      Finally, Barnes and Noble offered a wide selection of books and magazines that were not overly mediated by the morals police and the lower-middlebrow police [1].  They were first to shed a bunch of intellectual light into my hometown, and for that they deserve gratitude.

      [1] Example of lower-middlebrow policework.  The head of the local utility, who was also highly placed with the symphony, got into an argument with the conductor because the conductor scheduled too many classical concerts and not enough pops.  Never mind that the blue-collar epicenter of Da Region packed a huge church for a concert of Bach, Vivaldi and 16th-century Italian motets in Hebrew and the Symphony's audience grew with its audacity.  

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      by Yamaneko2 on Wed Mar 05, 2008 at 10:55:07 PM PST

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      •  We had a local.... (0+ / 0-)

        chain of 3 or 4 "bookstores," the Book Emporium, that went out of business soon after both Barnes & Noble and Borders came to town, but here's how I think this happened:

        For many years (prior to the arrival of B&N and Borders, the Book Emporium primarily sold books, and carried a wide selection of them. This made browsing there fun, and their stores had been my favorites. But gradually they changed until, right before they closed, only 25% of their merchandise was books--the rest consisted of cards and the other overpriced gewgaws one would find in a Hallmark store. And I rarely if ever visited them, prefering Barnes & Noble.

        So the Book Emporium had become a disappointment to anyone wanting a bookstore to browse in. To visit a real bookstore, you had to go to B&N or Borders.

        I think this is why they went out of business--perhaps had they remained a bookstore instead of cutting way back on books to make room for all the other stuff, they'd have been able to compete with B&N and Borders.

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        by Louisiana 1976 on Thu Mar 06, 2008 at 08:01:19 AM PST

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      Louisiana 1976 exactly why I have a problem with B&N and Borders.  When the big chains drive the small independant bookstores out of the area it becomes increasingly difficult to find used books.

      If all you want is what is being sold currently they are very nice to visit and I do like browsing at B&N, I just wish that they also sold used books.

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      by wallyslittlebro on Thu Mar 06, 2008 at 11:29:50 AM PST

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