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Have you shopped at Barnes & Noble in the last year?

L.A. Times 2013/01/28 20:00:00
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Barnes & Noble will shut up to a third of its brick-and-mortar bookstores over the next decade as reading habits change and digital publications evolve, according to a new report. The chain will end up with 450 to 500 stores in 10 years, down from the 689 physical stores it has now, according to Mitchell Klipper, chief executive of Barnes & Noble's retail group.

That evens out to about 20 stores shuttered yearly over the period, Klipper said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. Over the last decade, Barnes & Noble has balanced an average annual closing rate of 15 stores with 30 openings each year through 2009.

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  • liz 2013/01/29 19:35:37
    Yes
    liz
    +6
    My 16 & 18 year old LOVE going their .... When people don't know what else to get them They " go to Gift" that never fails is A B&N; card.... In fact just about a week or so ago they both rode their bikes there( about 2 miles) in the NJ winter cold & really loved it & the one thing a brother & sister teenage can both agree on & enjoy

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  • Rhiannon 2013/10/23 12:27:26
    Yes
    Rhiannon
    Books books, booookssss I love booooookss
    Dodododo lalalal booooookssss
  • Aster 2013/04/21 15:46:57
    Yes
    Aster
    There are still more books that I want.
  • Nan 2013/01/31 16:49:45
    Yes
    Nan
    I love going to B & N when we go to Jacksonville, NC. I'd hate to see that close!" Books a Million" is OK but can't compare with B&N.; I could stay in there all day and still never be done!
  • meltrab9194 2013/01/31 16:45:56
    No
    meltrab9194
    i go to the library, in fact i'm in one at this very moment.
  • MorbidCynic 2013/01/31 16:12:20
    Yes
    MorbidCynic
    About 2 or 3 days ago.
  • Bookworm 2013/01/31 15:16:27
    Yes
    Bookworm
    I love the store. I now get most of my books on kindle though.
  • Flamingolady 2013/01/31 15:00:32
    Yes
    Flamingolady
    +1
    Most have closed near me. With e books so popular, it looks like printed books may someday not be around. Sad.
  • Freedom 2013/01/31 14:40:24
    No
    Freedom
    They're cool stores but they can be expensive. I think people go there to hang out, read, buy coffee, then they go home and buy what they like from amazon.
  • Moodybloo70 2013/01/31 13:20:32
    Yes
    Moodybloo70
    +1
    It is time well spent even if you don't buy anything.
  • Nan Moodybl... 2013/01/31 16:51:01
    Nan
    So very, very true!!!
  • Batmanlikescupcakes 2013/01/31 05:52:56
    No
    Batmanlikescupcakes
    Ummm, I'm not even sure if we have Barnes & Noble in Canada... never seen one. Usually just go to used bookstores.
  • ♌βļąƈʞƦơșƐ3033♌ 2013/01/31 01:43:37
  • webcrawler 2013/01/31 00:55:32
    Yes
    webcrawler
    +2
    I love books
  • Yes
    ✩Batman's✩Epic✩Understudy✩
    +1
    I get a lot of CDs and classic books there
  • Mae 2013/01/31 00:33:08
    Yes
    Mae
    +2
    It makes me very sad to hear that B&N; is struggling now, after Borders' demise.
  • BabyDollDream 2013/01/30 23:17:18 (edited)
    No
    BabyDollDream
    I don't think so. I don't read very much anyway, (which I know is terrible of me) and the nearest Barnes & Noble is pretty far from where I live, so I don't get the chance to much. But I do prefer paper books to digital. There's just something about paper books that digital books don't have.
  • Bibliophilic 2013/01/30 22:45:15
    Yes
    Bibliophilic
    Oh well, libraries are alive and well.
  • Shadow 2013/01/30 22:23:37
    Yes
    Shadow
    Kinda reminds me what happened to Borders; all of their stores closing... though I never went to Borders; I always go to Barnes and Noble! ^__^
  • Muver 2013/01/30 22:01:24
    Yes
    Muver
    And my granddaughter loves the place..
  • Cheshire348 2013/01/30 22:01:17
    Yes
    Cheshire348
    +4
    For those of you who say that we don't need physical books or actual bookstores anymore, speak for yourself, I love bookstores! Especially Barnes & Noble.

    The smell and the feel is just amazing in there. Surrounded by tons of brand new books giving off that new book smell, so many pages waiting to be read. The nice little cafe that has the whole place smelling like good coffee and hot chocolate.
    And it's not noisy or anything, it's rather calm and quiet and peaceful. Just browsing through all those shelves and looking at all the different covers and titles.

    It makes me feel nostalgic for something, though I'm not entirely sure what. Childhood, maybe? The 90's? I don't know. It just makes me feel good. I don't want to see that go.

    I feel like the world is losing everything that was ever great about it, bit by bit. Replaced with easy-access technology and artificial everything. It makes me sad
  • Bookworm Cheshir... 2013/01/31 15:18:23
    Bookworm
    I agree with you. I love the smell.
  • Nan Cheshir... 2013/01/31 16:53:17
    Nan
    Very well stated! You hit the nail right on the head!
  • Alexis82 2013/01/30 17:40:42
    No
    Alexis82
    But I don't plan on stopping completely.
  • Kezzi Morris 2013/01/30 17:18:25
    No
    Kezzi Morris
    no
  • Koatz 2013/01/30 17:11:27
    No
    Koatz
    The staff was less-than cordial when I visited the one on the 16th Street Mall in Denver. So, I haven't been back since... Of course, Denver businesses are known for their lack of customer care, so I shouldn't have expected something better.
  • Beat Magnum True Hero 2013/01/30 17:09:04
    No
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    Only because I haven't been in town. It's a nice bookstore that sells things I like: books, music, and Blu Rays. The thing now is that yes: I do most of my reading on a Kindle now and when I want or need a hard copy, I prefer to order online from Amazon.
  • Glen McLeod 2013/01/30 15:57:29
    No
    Glen McLeod
    i buy my books entirely on amazon.com, haven't set foot in a bookstore in many yearsbuy books amazon foot bookstore years
  • YourCompanionCube 2013/01/30 15:47:50
    Yes
    YourCompanionCube
    Damn, I thought they'd be squared after they bought "Borders". Yes, I still do....
  • Christo... YourCom... 2013/01/30 16:12:52
    Christopher Kirchen
    +1
    The thing is a lot of people buy online now, so even if it's Barnes& Noble that people buy online from, they're wasting money keeping stores open.
  • Mae YourCom... 2013/01/31 00:00:06
    Mae
    +1
    Actually, B&N didn't buy Borders, they just outlasted them. Borders couldn't find any buyers, and had to liquidate all their remaining stores, after making numerous cuts to their stores, and selling off bits of the company for several years prior to their actually going out of business.
  • FruityFunk16 2013/01/30 15:31:04
    Yes
    FruityFunk16
    +3
    Aw....I absolutely LOVE Barnes & Noble! To hear them closing up their stores, even though it's a couple, breaks my heart. It's one of the few places I go to for my work breaks; the smell of books and coffee actually helps me relax. I just hope they won't close the store near me. :(
  • Chris - The Rowdy One! #187 2013/01/30 15:07:57
  • Rude&Reckless 2013/01/30 14:44:01
    No
    Rude&Reckless
    I shop at a local bookstore called Anthology. They've got great selection and the people who work there are really cool.
  • Alex DeLarge From Target 2013/01/30 14:41:54
    Yes
    Alex DeLarge From Target
    only went there twice.. but i found Help! there and i nearly passed out i thought i would never find the movie in stores.. and they had more selection of dvds and cds there of george harrison, john lennon, and Paul macca!
  • Todd Parsons 2013/01/30 13:35:11
  • Tordgaard 2013/01/30 12:27:48
    Yes
    Tordgaard
    +2
    For me, that's sad. There's something almost intoxicating about being surrounded by thousands of books and casually wandering the rows to select additions to your home library; and NO, online shopping doesn't give you the same feeling.
  • alex 2013/01/30 12:10:32
    No
    alex
    +1
    I would love to, but my budget for books right now has me resorting to amazon. They have good cheap books there, book stores are nice to be in, theyre cozy, but too pricy for me.
  • Pete 2013/01/30 11:32:20
    Yes
    Pete
    +2
    When I shopped at Barnes and Noble last summer, I was appalled at the difficulty in getting the book that is critical about Barack Obama's White House, entitled the Amateur. It took me five hours of persistence to buy the book! The first store told me they were out of it after forty-five minutes of computer search for it but supplied me with a list of alternative books favorable to the nanny style government of Obama. Then after I demanded that they search other stores, they found a copy 25 miles away at another BN store. When I arrived at the second store, I had to search for the person who was supposed to be staffing the "will call" section and found him in the coffee shop. He grudgingly returned to his post and found the book for me. Then after standing in line for about 20 minutes to buy the book, the computer immediately went down when the clerk input the title! This could have been coincidence, but I had just watched at least five people ahead of me having no difficulty with computer dysfunction in making their purchases. It seemed to be the title of my selection that caused the problem. After waiting another 20 minutes and telling them I would wait all night if necessary, I finally managed to buy the book. If BN goes out of business, it will their be agenda of supporting the government dictatorship through subtle censorship that causes their downfall
  • Pronatalist Pronatalist 2013/01/30 09:43:27
    Yes
    Pronatalist Pronatalist
    +2
    Books there seem rather expensive, and where do you sit to read there? Almost impossible to find enough good books critical of Big Brother government or about how to expatriate out of Babylon America. It is easier to find what I want, online. But I have been reluctant to purchase e-books. Should I buy printed-on-paper or in e-book form?
  • Platinum Fangs 2013/01/30 09:09:16
    Yes
    Platinum Fangs
    +1
    That's where I got my whole family their Christmas presents. And a whole bunch of other stuff for myself. I still got a $50 gift card to spend there.

    Where else am I supposed to buy my manga & metal CDs?

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