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The Sad Decline of Barnes & Noble | The American ConservativeHere are some margin notes on the company's storied history. Charles Montgomery Barnes decided to open a bookstore in Wheaton, Illinois in A nearby college and public school created demand for textbooks, which could be easily restocked thanks to freshly-laid railroads. Long before the McDonald brothers imagined an assembly line for hamburgers, Barnes and Noble used their New York store to experiment with a revolutionary new layout. Customers in the s would approach an employee who filled out a sales slip; another clerk would package the book; a third would handle the money to complete the transaction. While expedient, the cafeteria-like flow and awkward division of labor never caught on.
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Barnes & Noble: why it could soon be the bookshop's final chapter
But appearances can be deceptive. Perhaps this is what it means to be a bricks-and-mortar retailer in Not so much. Once the dominant player in US book retailing , the chain, which ironically in its time put countless private, neighborhood booksellers out of business, is suffering as the new big beast, Amazon , swallows its business. Sales have been on the slide for 11 years; even online sales have fallen. Dozens of stores have closed.
The bookstore has been on a downward slide for years. Back then, there was something nostalgic yet stately about the bookstore. It seemed like a gem of grace and sophistication, a place not just to browse but to learn. I remember distinctive elements that still set the store apart in my mind: the hunter-green wallpaper, the woodcut and art deco feel of its literary decorations, the old-fashioned chairs and quiet corners suggesting a respect and reverence for the old and the classic. I would grab a stack of five or six books and read the first chapter of each one before deciding which I wanted to buy. The real problem is that they never seemed to prize their own distinctive beauty, and always sought to make themselves more like technology stores rather than emulating the success of their smaller, indie-bookstore counterparts. Do you remember the Nook?
Fast-forward to today. Since the rise of Amazon which, of course, began as a bookstore , Barnes and Noble has suffered dramatically. Sales at the mega-chain have fallen every year since , and hundreds of stores have closed. Daunt has saved a bookstore from the brink of bankruptcy before. Back in , Daunt took over running Waterstones, Britain's largest bookstore chain.
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