Friday, December 13, 2013

Book this: Closing this store is wrong

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  1. From Brian Baker: While I tend to agree with your sadness of losing brick-and-mortar bookstores, I have to confess that I am part of the problem. I read quite a bit, but I bet I've only been in a bookstore once or twice in the past year. I finally let my B&N membership expire due to non-use. Amazon is now my go-to source for books, and I typically download them directly to my iPad.
    What's interesting from a business standpoint is that, to some extent, Barnes & Noble is getting a taste of its own medicine. Barnes & Noble is seen by many as the entity responsible for killing off the independent bookstore, which couldn't compete with the discount prices and exclusive deals that Barnes & Noble could offer due to its purchasing power and sales volume. B&N is now facing a similar challenge from Amazon, which doesn't face the overhead expenses that B&N does (all those books and shelves and chairs take up a lot of space in high cost-per-square-foot storefronts).
    I'm sad to see them close, too, but I probably enjoy the convenience of online purchasing too much to take any action.

  2. From Jim Pruett: As you know, we too love bookstores. The real challenge is getting people to BUY something while they are browsing in these wonderful places. The good news-bad news is that the world now buys the majority of books online, a reality I participated in this morning.
    BTW, our beloved, nearby Borders Bookstore -- complete with coffee shop and pastry bar -- closed a couple of years ago, but even before that I could rarely find what I wanted there (because they were shelving fewer and fewer non-best-sellers). "We can order it for you" just doesn't play in a world with Amazon.
    Sadly, the trend/practice doesn't stop with bookstores ... a reality that is dramatically changing the world of commerce.
    I know you know all of the above ... consider it MY blog. :)

  3. From Bud Kennedy: Griping about convenience. The goal is to keep the Hulen Mall and TCU stores open. There was never any reason to have four Barnes & Nobles within 4 miles.

  4. From Warren Massia: Barnes & Noble in Shreveport is one of my favorite stores. Always go there when I go to Shreveport and usually buy 4-5 new books. Can't get them in Natchitoches unless you shop the Internet. I like books -- I do not want a Nook or anything that resembles a computer ... guess I am from the old school even if I programmed computers at NSU for 40 years. It is a sad thing to say but pretty soon there will be no newspapers or books as we knew them when we were growing up.

  5. From Vince Langford: That was a great piece on Barnes & Noble. Sad deal. Real estate companies have to maximize every dollar, I guess. In Arlington, before the recession, you'd see restaurants, cleaners, etc. lose their lease in shopping centers and then the store would sit vacant. Real estate moguls would rather take the chance for a better deal.

  6. From Jimmy Russell: Sorry for this. The Internet and greed, they are killing us.