In a New York Times opinion article titled Save Barnes & Noble!, David Leonhardt writes about the slow death of the well-known bookstore franchise. His main argument seems to be that Amazon is running Barnes & Noble out of business because of their low book prices, free shipping (for Prime users) and easy access. He says this form of monopoly must be stopped and Barnes & Noble must be saved. What do you guys think? I’d really love to know because I’m a little torn on the subject.
If the title of the article was “Save Bookstores!” I would be 100% on board. Bookstores are my favorite place in the world and I try very hard to frequent and support local bookstores, because I see them as an important part of the community. However, Barnes & Noble isn’t somewhere I often go to, and I will admit it’s mainly because I like smaller bookstores, and if I need a book fast, the prices on Amazon are much better. I do occasionally buy from Barnes & Noble online, but that’s almost only when they have sales.
So, I guess I’m more indifferent to Barnes & Noble closing down then most may be. My biggest concern would be the effect this would have on smaller bookstore, or even stores like Half Price Book, a store I go to all the time. Would the end of Barnes & Noble help or hurt other bookstores? Or would there be no change at all? I’m typically in the mindset of if it’s dying, let it die, when it comes to businesses, but I’m open to having my mind changed, especially when it comes to books.