posted on Aug, 9 2004 @ 05:06 PM
seriously, B&N try to carry mostly the books they bind themselves. In history especially, this means that they publish mediocre or dated authors,
merely because they have purchased the copyright. They can manufacture their own books, and get more of the mark-up for themselves.
The government is not the one engaged in thought control. B&N defines debate in America more than Rush Limbaugh or Paul Harvey could ever hope to.
Talk the the B&N manager. Recommend several books you found on AMAZON that are classics that they don't carry. I did this, and they ordered me a
copy of a Mishnaic Hebrew Dictionary (Jastrow), for FREE! The thing retails probably $65!
B&N and their competitors try to run a "just in time" inventory. They have a computer model of the public's buying habits, and try to only set out
as many books as will be purchased. This means they rarely carry 'slow movers.'
They are extremely sensitive about this shortcoming, and will bend over backwards to hide the fact from the public, that they push their own imprint,
and try not to sell anything they didn't print. Once you point this out, they start giving you free stuff.
If only my boss was like that!!!!