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Brian Fies

We still have a fairly thriving independent boookstore scene locally, though it always seems to be teetering on the edge. While my head agrees with your assessment of the industry, my heart will always have a soft spot for B&N because they came to town and gracefully restored an old Art Deco building that everyone else wanted to tear down, saving a real community jewel. I've also met a few people who work at B&N HQ and they love books as much as anyone I know. Their jobs remind me a bit of the wine buyers for Costco: they seem like swell people who really know their stuff, but their carefully curated products still end up on a palette in a warehouse store.


In new Zealand there are only small chain book / stationary shops and second hand book shops. Barnes and noble was heaven for me when I came to the us.

Lori B

Our son was raised on weekend morning trips to the mighty Powell's City of Books, (still there,) and breakfast in the embedded Anne Hughes Coffee room.(Sad to say, not still there.) But we weren't fussy, we'd stop in at B&N, or Borders, or the countless and nameless musty smelling used bookstores at the beach.

I like to think it's partly why he's such a great adult.

Mark Jackson

When we were in graduate school at the University of Illinois no trip up to Chicago was complete without some time in Kroch's and Brentano's - although Ellen preferred the more manageable (but still extensive) book department at Marshall Field's. Both long gone now, of course.

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