Barnes & Noble landlords fret

  • Article by: DON JACOBSON
  • Updated: August 15, 2010 - 4:04 PM

A buyer for the book retailer could write a horror story for mall owners in a fragile retail economy.

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kjsmith112Aug. 15, 10 5:22 PM

I would hope to hear more about what the landlords and property management companies are doing to help the struggling retailers. Options to write new leases at better rates. Keeping the retailers there help the economy and help the properties. Vacancy sends the shoppers elsewhere to more populated locations. Vacancy hurts landlords with rising insurance and NO rents. I would like to hear more stories that this is being done and it's working... ??

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musicmommyAug. 15, 10 6:27 PM

There's nothing like browsing in a bookstore. You go to a section you like, select a book, read just enough of the inside cover to give you an idea without reading it all because they contain spoilers these days, and read the first page, and a page near the middle to get a sense of whether you like the writing style. I know that on Amazon they offer to let you read a page, and show books that people who bought the one book also bought, but it's not as satisfying as browsing the books. I'm tempted by the Nook, but I'd still go to a brick and mortar store to decide on which books to buy, except when I'm hooked by a series.

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BallFourAug. 15, 1011:18 PM

...by digital downloading." Heck, if the had been "decimated", they'd be flourishing. Nine of 10 would still be around.

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StarquestAug. 16, 1012:03 AM

Stores like B&N and Borders are going to die. It will happen, and some of those spaces will be very difficult to fill indeed. Rosedale has a very nice Borders store, but it's two stories and was built for a bookstore. Good luck filling that giant space.

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glamorousvivAug. 16, 1012:49 AM

And start BUYING from the bookstore whose books you are reading! Can any of you really imagine a life without bookstores? I already sit on my computer 12 hours a day...working! You can't really curl up in bed with a nice cup of hot coco and a laptop! Personally, I like the feel of a nice bound book in my hands, and being able to flip back and forth between pages. DON'T let books become a thing of the past! SUPPORT BOOKSTORES NOW!!

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bottomlineAug. 16, 10 3:14 AM

Online?

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bottomlineAug. 16, 10 3:20 AM

But the book was such a page-turner. One page led to another and.....

....FINISHED reading the entire book. And put the book back.

"Bookstores". What a wonderful "public library" they've been to our society.

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shirley1937Aug. 16, 10 3:31 AM

...being retired & on limited income I am an avid fan of my local public library. Yet, once in a while I still shop B & N and will buy if I really want a title/author. My son and grandson shop B & N weekly. I also shop/buy used books. I have been reading for 70 years and it's the greatest intertainment in the world. Haven't been to movie theater in 4-5 years seldom watch DVD.

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westmetroguyAug. 16, 10 7:40 AM

B&N and other booksellers will fall faster than move stores. The Kindle, Nook and other e-readers make the job of browsing and buying books more convenient than going to a retail outlet. Not to mention the books are often cheaper. While I'll miss the bookstore experience I won't miss spending more money -- as much as 30% -- on new releases.

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eterrellAug. 16, 10 8:25 AM

right now the online sellers are in a "fare war" with each other, and the stores. The two main online retailers are tied to slightly different e readers. Remember beta vs VHS? Once the stores are killed, then the drive will be to consolidate the readers into one format, and then poof, the price break disappears, since the industry will absorb the gap in production costs, and digital production specialists, authors, editors and "procurors" will simply demand the money that printing, shipping, and storing once cost. At this point, you have to buy digital books, and guess what? There will be no tables piled high with discounted remainders to browse through...books may just be taken off the available down load list, because they don't want to waste the storage space on a title that might only sell 100 copies a year, or favorites may be brought back for "limited" sales ala Disney and "the Vault." Don't even start talking about how new authors will break into a model where they are trying to pitch their works to the same organization that sells underware and HD TVs on line.....that is what publishing houses did, they took the risks on unknown british divorcees who never wrote a book before.....

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