I hate Barnes and Noble and won't spend a dime at the store. There's just something about the store that turns me off. Maybe it's the ruthless way they run the place (it takes just seconds for a book to go out of print before they have it yanked off the shelf), maybe it's the way they treat teachers (nearly every time I have used the teacher's discount card for a book, I get the third degree if I plan to use the book in the classroom - the last time I got that, I told the clerk "Shakespeare, uh, no, actually I don't plan to use that in the classroom...my wife and I plan to use it in the bedroom..."), or maybe it's the way the stores feel so antiseptic and corporate.
Dunno, but I have always preferred Borders. I have been watching Borders' skid toward bankruptcy with a mix of dread and sadness. Given that Borders got into the ebook/ereader game so late, it was inevitable that they would fall into bankruptcy. The move is supposed to happen Monday or Tuesday. Some analysts feel that bankruptcy will not solve their problems and like Linens & Things and Circuit City, they will go under.
We'll see. My fingers are crossed that they survive and thrive through bankruptcy and keep some semblance of their less corporate feel intact.
I have my doubts about all of that.
But fingers crossed nonetheless.
Now I'm going to go buy something there.
You should too.
And say it with me, all together FUCK B&N...