Interesting news for those who love books.
(Hat tip: L.A. Biz Observed.)
The Wall Street Journal asks: "Would a bigger Barnes & Noble kill independent bookstores?"
I think that ship has already left port...for instance, my favorite independent bookstore in East Long Beach, CA -- the late, lamented Book Emporium -- closed as soon as word came that a Borders would be opening across the street. The number of independent bookstores nationwide has already shrunk considerably. I question whether a merger of the two chains would make a further difference to those independents still in existence.