Barnes & Noble Closing Over 400 Stores

Barnes & Noble Closing Over 400 Stores

Hey readers!  As we’ve come to know, books are ever more important now that we’re home-bound.  Maybe we’re not going out to book stores, but for those of you who are, Barnes & Noble is temporarily closing over 400 of their 627 U.S. stores in response to the coronavirus pandemic.  Now, now, don’t panic.  Luckily for us, it’s just a temporary closure, but it still doesn’t feel good knowing that book stores are closing indefinitely.   image via the telegraph   A letter was sent to Barnes & Noble’s 23k+ employees on March 17 before the mass closure.  In it, …

7 Perfect Independent Bookstores from Across the Globe

7 Perfect Independent Bookstores from Across the Globe

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If there’s one thing I love more than books it’s bookstores. And, if there’s one thing I love more than bookstores, it’s independent bookstores. Independent bookstores act as a sort of home. They’re the places you go when you want to get out of the house, but you also still want to sort of be alone.   And this is why it’s so very vital that we stand by, support, and shop at our independent bookstores. Our independent bookstores are small business that are constantly being threatened by the bigger, fortune 500 corporations; it’s up to us to keep ensuring that the corporations don’t win and that …

UK Bookstore Chain Is Opening New Locations Pretending to Be Independent Bookstores

UK Bookstore Chain Is Opening New Locations Pretending to Be Independent Bookstores

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For the past four years, UK bookstore chain Waterstones has been opening up shops without disclosing that the shops were under the chain. For example, Waterstones, the Barnes & Noble of the UK, opened up a store in Southwold, naming it Southwold Books. There was no indication that the store was owned by Waterstones except for the small, handwritten sign in the window, “Southwold Books is the trading name of Waterstones Booksellers Ltd.”   Independent bookstores like Stockbridge’s Golden Hare Books have been directly impacted by the chain’s expansion. The owners accused the company of breaking the pledge they made to …

Save Barnes & Noble! Chain Bookstore In Danger of Closing

Save Barnes & Noble! Chain Bookstore In Danger of Closing

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An opinion piece was released in The New York Times on Sunday entitled Save Barnes & Noble! which detailed the financial distress the bookstore chain is currently in and how, if we don’t speak out now, the entire company could go under and we could lose Barnes & Noble for good.   This prompted a slew of response pieces, along with the Twitter trend Save Barnes & Noble. Many Twitter users were quick to protect the bookstore chain, leaping to it’s defense:   Make no mistake: the loss of over 600 more bookstores would be a cataclysmic blow to literacy and reading and empathy in America. We …

America’s Oldest Indie Bookstore Is Being Sold?!

America’s Oldest Indie Bookstore Is Being Sold?!

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Personally, I love a good independent bookstore. I have nothing against chain stores, sometimes they are more convenient than indies, but there’s something about independent bookstores that chain stores haven’t been able to replicate. They have a greater sense of personality, community, and history. So you can imagine how incensed people are that the oldest independent bookstore in the United States is in danger of becoming another big-box bookstore.   Moravian Book Shop is a 273-year-old business located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. It is not just the oldest continuously-operating bookstore in the United States: according to some sources, is also the second-oldest in …