Tuesday, May 16, 2006

THIS AIN'T A LIBRARY, KID

"Have you walked into the children's section lately? On some shelves you've got to thumb through the first few copies to find one that hasn't been handled by someone's little cherub."

Michele at Reformed Chicks Blabbing asks a question:

I was at the Barnes and Noble again yesterday and all week I've been surprised by the amount of people that hang out at there during the day. Just sitting around, reading the books and not just for a short period of time, I'm talking hours. Why would you spend your day at a Barnes and Noble? Doesn't anyone use the library? How can they sell their books as new when people are reading them there? Wouldn't that be considered a used book? These are the things that I was pondering while I should have been concentrating on justification.

She brings up a good question, stores like Borders and Barnes and Nobel encourage people to read their books, they have comfy chairs sitting around, nice lighting, and even a cafe you can read and drink in. Typically people who want you to read will prefer you kept food as far away as possible, but these stores seem to want you to combine the two.

Commenters responded to the question:
How can they sell their books as new when people are reading them there?
This thought used to bother me until I realized that nobody else reads the books I do. :-0

Maybe libraries aren't quiet enough ... or are too quiet ... or don't fit their image ... or they're less likely to run into their friends in a library ... or they want access to good snack food.
-by Moonshadow


I like the access to the snacks. I was eating a shortbread cookie yesterday and drinking ice tea! Something you could never do in a library.
-by Michele


I wonder that about the books too. Have you walked into the children's section lately? On some shelves you've got to thumb through the first few copies to find one that hasn't been handled by someone's little cherub. I don't like the fact that people sit around reading the books and then put them back on the shelves. Where have their hands been? Yuck!

I would also like to know just how much revenue they lose because of this kind of thing. I mean, a certain number of books must end up with latte spilt on them or chocolate chip thumbprints on the back cover. And of course they pass that along to the consumers!!!
But then again I can't complain because I purchase the vast majority of my books from Amazon and when I do buy from an actual brick and mortar B&N I get to use my handy dandy discount card.

Whew! I shouldn't have taken such a long break from blogging. I'm getting long winded!!!!
And no funny comments, you guys!!!
-by Ang

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2 comments:

michele said...

When I saw this yesterday I was shocked that you did this! In fact I couldn't even think of a comment :-). I plan to comment on my blog about it later tonight or tomorrow.

Ang said...

Well how do you think I feel? He used a quote from my comment as the subject line!
Thanks, Christopher! :)