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Monday, August 22, 2005

Bookstore Flop Houses

For some time, we have witnessed the flop house-esqe nature of Starbucks: one person sprawled across the biggest table, using three chairs, and talking on his or her cell phone. Over the past year, I have noticed the same thing occurring at Barnes and Noble and other chain bookstores. Given the dearth of Starbucks-esqe seating, however, people flop wherever they can, including the floor. The New York Times printed a great article yesterday discussing this new and disturbing trend and alludes to how it effects independents as well. What makes this trend altogether much more disturbing than Starbucks is that it impedes the natural aim of a bookstore: to sell books. Perhaps, it will begin pushing more customers to buy online....