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01:49 pm: The Dumbing Down of Barnes & Nobles
For years, I've really enjoyed spending time in B&N. I used to go a couple of times a week. One reason was that they had an excellent kid's section. They had new books, but also shelved of older good books..nearly all my favorite kids books were there.</p>

Not anymore!

Now, in kids and YA, they have new books and popular series–face out, and that's it. There are no shelves of older staple books to go browse.

SF is still the way it was, but for how much longer?

How sad!

Originally posted to Welcome to Arhyalon. (link)

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From:marycatelli
Date:October 2nd, 2013 12:08 am (UTC)
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Still have some shelves in my local B&N. sigh

I order the old ones they don't have from their website, figuring that every bit helps keep them solvent and the stores open.
From:ladyhobbit
Date:October 2nd, 2013 02:52 am (UTC)
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I just bought your new book on Amazon--looking forward to reading it!
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From:arhyalon
Date:October 2nd, 2013 12:48 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
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From:jjbrannon
Date:October 2nd, 2013 05:33 am (UTC)

Heading toward the Border

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Alas, B&N seems to be energetically pursuing the road of its former competitor.

It wants to ditch the Nook, fails to have user search kiosks in its stores, replacing books with toys, and cannot seem to schedule writer events with adequate notice. I'm on B&N's mail list. One would think that they could program what stores are around my zip code and email me author appearance events ahead of time.

Here's the article to which I alluded Saturday when we discussing reading and decoding:

http://notesandqueries.ca/school-is-no-place-for-a-reader/

JJB

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From:arhyalon
Date:October 2nd, 2013 12:49 pm (UTC)

Re: Heading toward the Border

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Thanks! I'll take a look.
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From:jjbrannon
Date:October 3rd, 2013 10:17 am (UTC)

Skool Daze

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The link -- with respect to my remarks Saturday of Binet's purpose in devising his test -- speaks more to the tendency in modern pedagogy for teachers to act as if children were invented for schools rather than vice-versa.

One size does not fit all and many of my relatives are teachers, including my cousin Chris' parents who operate their own home-school curricula-planning publishing company.

Best wishes for a successful personal tailoring.

JJB
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