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Barnes & Noble To Close More Stores: Would You Miss the One in Corte Madera?

Company announces it'll shut down 20 stores a year over the next decade.

Do you still go to the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Corte Madera ?

Apparently not enough people do nationwide.

Company executives told the Wall Street Journal they plan to close 20 stores a year over the next decade.

No specific stores have been targeted yet for closure.

There is one Barnes & Noble at the Corte Madera Town Center.

If no new stores were opened, that would reduce the number of Barnes & Noble stores nationwide by a third, the Huffington Post reported.

Since 2003, the company has been closing 15 stores a year, but they've also been opening more than 30 a year.

Last year, however, Barnes & Noble closed 14 stores and didn't open any, the Huffington Post reported.

One reason is a steady decline in book sales. Print book sales have decreased 22 percent over the past five years, according to Nielsen BookScan.

If your Barnes & Noble closed, would you miss it? How can bookstores compete more effectively in this electronic age? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. 

Peg Atherton January 30, 2013 at 05:55 PM
I have boycoted Barnes and Noble since the Barnes family, in an effort to display their huge wealth, destroyed an historic home in Marin County,California, on Mt. Tam. They planned to build a highly visable, outsized, monstrosity of a house that was completely out of place in the existing neighborhood and would have been a terrible eyesore. Before the house could be finished, the family finally came to understand that their bad taste would only bring them derision and they abandoned the partially completed project. Nevertheless, the lovely, original, house was destroyed. Now, the existing book store in Corte Madera is just a reminder of those dreadful days and I will rejoice at its departure.

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