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B&N's captains scuttle the ship

http://audreyii-fic.tumblr.com/post/170886347853/the-entirely-unnecessary-demise-of-barnes-noble

Barnes & Noble just laid off thousands of workers without warning, all the long-term, full time employees, and honestly this is depressing but I had to share it. :(

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ringsandcoffee
Feb. 17th, 2018 01:52 am (UTC)
I read this yesterday, then happened to go to B&N last night. Bought 2 books. Got the shpiel about the member discount and how much I could save, and I almost said I don't want the discount because I want them to stay in business.
laridian
Feb. 17th, 2018 05:38 pm (UTC)
This article actually made me angry at the B&N higher-ups. Easiest way to make money? Get rid of employees!

I don't often go to the one B&N here, partly because it's out of the way for me, but also because I just don't buy books or magazines much any more. I get most of my stuff from the library, because I hate to pay full price (or "discounted" price) for books that I will read once, or maybe I won't even like it. Better to get it from the library instead and give it a try that way.

So the only time we tend to visit B&N is if we need some specialty magazine, or it's a "hey, let's go to the bookstore! We haven't been there in a long time!" or if there's a specific thing.

That said: what I really did like about bookstores is that a lot of stuff I wouldn't ordinarily see, is out there on the shelf. I've found some interesting titles that way (which, um, then I got from the library). So that's showrooming, and not good for the bookstore, I know. :( But it worked for me because "people who looked at this book also looked at:" is kind of an echo chamber. Maybe I'm browsing the history section just to see what else is out there. Oh, hey, that looks interesting, and I wouldn't have thought to look for it!

/ramble
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