1. I was pleased when Barnes & Noble's General Counsel and HQ responded to my concerns about Folio Weekly once being dropped from free distribution at the St. Augustine, Florida Barnes & Noble. I was outraged when our St. Augustine, Florida Barnes and Noble's crass commercial landlord, working without permits or justification, cut down all the lovely oak trees on the south side of the building.
2. I called Patrick Francis McCormack, then our St. Johns County Attorney, after an arborist friend and his wife saw the commercial landlord's illegal tree-killing abortion, performed on a Saturday, natch, when no County regulators were at work. Apparently as a result, fine was doubled. Fine was still insufficient to deter the continuing deforestation here.
From The New York Times:
The enemy of my enemy is my friend
No one has quite figured out how to replicate that kind of incidental discovery online. It makes bookstores hugely important not only for readers but also for all but the biggest-name writers, as well as for agents and publishers of all sizes.
Independent shops play an important role in that kind of discovery, but because Barnes & Noble stores are so large, they can usually keep more titles on hand. And in many parts of the country, there are no independents: Barnes & Noble is the only bookstore in town.
“Discovery is so, so important,” said Daniel Simon, founder of Seven Stories Press, an independent publisher. “The more Amazon’s market share grows, the less discovery there is overall and the less new voices are going to be heard.”
For well-known authors, Barnes & Noble is important for a different reason — its size. An important stop on any major book tour, the chain’s 600 stores can place enormous orders and move a lot of copies.
“It’s funny how the industry has evolved so that they are now a good guy,” said Ellen Adler, the publisher of the independent New Press. “I would say their rehabilitation has been total.”