I'm still getting over the loss of the Borders book chain, but the decline of the physical bookstore may not end there. A couple of recent blog postings on the Internet highlight the fact that Barnes and Noble, the remaining big bookstore chain, also is in trouble. (If you shop in the Cleveland area, you've probably noticed the B & N in the Crocker Park shopping center.)
On the MobyLives book blog, writer Dennis Johnson waves goodbye to the chain, predicting confidently that B & N is getting out of the brick and mortar bookstore business. At Slate, Matthew Yglesias isn't optimistic, either. "And make no mistake, Barnes & Noble is in deep trouble," he writes.
Part of Barnes & Noble's woes is that its migration to ebooks and Nooks isn't going well. The company had a bad holiday season, and sales of the Nook dropped 12.6 percent.
One bit of positive news: Books-A-Million Inc., the company who took over the old Borders location at Sandusky Mall, seems to be doing OK. It's a smaller chain, but it has 257 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia.