B&N Question

By | Saturday, September 04, 2010 2 comments
I'm out traveling this weekend, and found myself waiting for the S.O. a bit in a Barnes & Noble in Maryland. (She was getting her nails done.) Naturally, I popped over to the graphic novels section to look around and I found... nothing I was looking for. There were actually a handful of books that I know had been released in the past month or two that were entirely absent from their shelves.

Now that, in and of itself, is not a huge deal. A lot of of the stuff I actively look for these days tends NOT to fall under what you might call a mainstream audience. But more interestingly, the entire section seemed substantially smaller than I had seen in other Barnes & Nobles. Maybe only 75% of the volume and/or variety that I've come to expect in the B&Ns that I usually traffic.

So my question is: was this an aberration of a single store that I had never visited before or is it a recent change that's working its way across the U.S.? It has been a month or so since I've been to one of my "regular" B&Ns, but I also don't know how quickly new policies are rolled out through all of the stores nationally.

On the plus side, I did stumble across a collected version of Destiny's Hand which contains the first two volumes as well as the third, previously unpublished one. I don't know if it's any good, but it has pirates so it's got something good going for it! :)
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Anonymous said...

B&N and Borders are only good for mainstream stuff. I was at a B&N recently and it was the same size as always but still not a lot there.

Brigid said...

My local B&N (Saugus, Massachusetts, about 10 miles north of Boston) recently shrunk its graphic novel section as well as the fiction and literature section. The GN section went from almost an entire wall to about three 5-foot bookcases.

I was in there the other day, noticed this, and actually walked all over the store to figure out what terribly important thing had squeezed out the fiction and graphic novel sections. Turns out they added a huge toy section, full of the sort of things only grandmothers buy (wooden blocks, stuffed Velveteen Rabbits).

This is not a step forward.