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The Barnes & Noble Massacre of 2018

In the spring of 2017, there were approximately 26,000 employees in Barnes & Noble stores (600+). Today, that number got a whole lot smaller. What I'm calling, "The Barnes & Noble Massacre", others in the company are calling, "The Green Wedding". The layoffs all happened...

Scared at the Bookstore

I was working at the Barnes & Noble in Hyde Park (Cincinnati) when we heard about a robbery at a B&N in Indiana. It was around the year 2001 and in those days, a manager would come in about 5 or 6 in the morning,...

Book SALE $5 a Bag!!

There are times when it's okay to shed a tear as a bookworm. When so and so dies in Harry Potter. When they cast Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell. Then there is that special cry when your local bookstore is going out of business. This is...

50% Off Books – How to Behave in a Closing Bookstore

I didn't do anything today that I'll regret later. Just bought a few history and true crime titles. I didn't hurt anyone. If you're in the Cincinnati area, you need to get to Lebanon, Ohio, immediately. Chapter Pre-Loved Books is sadly closing its doors and all...

The Naughty Bookstore Manager

Barnes & Noble Manager meetings in Florida used to be one hell of a time. Then the recession hit and the meetings had to go. Before that, they used to pull out all of the stops. Shawn Colvin once played a concert for us but no...

Major Book Sale Today Only

Are you in the Cincinnati area? Head to Chapters Pre-Loved Books. Seriously, don't miss this. It's $5 a large bag and you can fill it to the brim. I got 75 books for $40. The sale is up until 5pm. Their internet is down so bring...

Old Bookstore Goes Up in Flames

Early this morning, Tipp City, Ohio bookstore, Browse Awhile Books, went up in flames. Sadly, it was a complete loss and caused between $400,000 to $600,000 in damage. The building (built in 1871) is listed in National Park Services's National Register of Historic Places. Faulty wiring is...

Party Like It’s 1999 at Barnes & Noble

I had an interview at a B. Dalton Bookstore* in 1999 and I wore this awful, polyester pencil skirt that was too tight and the woman who interviewed me kept watching me tug at it. I like to think I won her over with my...

The Rag Man – Barnes & Noble Creeps

Loooong ago in 2001, I was working in my first large bookstore (after a stint at B. Dalton) when I started to notice one regular. Now, I was new so I wasn't familiar with this seemingly nice man who would sit in the comfy chairs...

Borders Flips to Chapter 11

I remember a few years ago, I was lucky enough to attend another yearly manager's meeting for B&N in Orlando Florida. I knew what to expect after going through the ringer the year before. Rooming with a fellow manager in a swanky hotel, publishers using...

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