Spreadin’ Love 560

Writing the end to Minecraft. (Ian is wearing a Creeper T-shirt today. He's too geeky for that shirt.) 

Bad news for Barnes and Noble. They are selling the Nook and their publishing division. 

Best fuckin' sign evah. 

Behind every great woman is…. (thanks, Jeremy S.)

"Don't cultivate bicycle face." and other rules for women on bicycles circa 1895.



10 thoughts on “Spreadin’ Love 560

  1. That’s too bad about Barnes and Noble. They’ve been pushing the Nook hard (giving the Nook booth prime real estate near the entrance). On the other hand, I’m really happy now that we went with Kindles for Christmas. The Barnes and Noble executives must be dying over the fact that Amazon didn’t have to pay for those physical booths and pay salespeople, but still sold millions of Kindle Fires. (More personally, my husband recently put out an app for a basic feature that Amazon omitted on the Kindle Fire. Yesterday, he made $40 in 99 cent downloads, and there have been many such days since Christmas. With the Kindle Fire’s multimillion customer base, you only have to sell an app to a tiny fraction of them to have a really, really good day.)
    I hope the bricks-and-mortar Barnes and Nobles aren’t in danger. I confess that I don’t buy a lot of books there (they’re usually cheaper on Amazon), but I’m still a pretty lucrative customer, what with coffee, pastries, magazines, Kumon workbooks (not cheaper online), and the occasional blank book or calendar. For me as a customer, Barnes and Noble is a coffee shop that happens to sell books and magazines.

  2. Umm, so of the 500 CEOs of major companies, 18 are women, and of those, 7 “have or have had” a househusband? (Meaning in a number of cases, it didn’t work out.) Not exactly the revolution.
    Not that I’m advocating the revolution. I would never marry a woman who was that focused on her career.

  3. Speaking of technology, I think that as of this Christmas, tablets have finally hit a mass audience. The past week or two, I’ve noticed people at downscale locations (two different roller skating rinks) using tablets out in public.

  4. Our flagship Barnes & Noble’s just closed. It was a sad day. I couldn’t bring myself to look, but a photographer friend posted pictures of the empty aisles with bookcases with no books. He described women walking through the children’s section crying. The flagship was in a thriving mall (they couldn’t agree on lease terms) and near a big university population.
    The bricks and mortar stores are definitely in trouble. I much prefer touching a book before I buy it, but our household purchases have been dramatically skewing in favor of Amazon.

  5. I think the future of bookstores is to be coffee shops with some books in the aisles. But, the coffee shop is going to have to sustain the real estate for the books, with the books being a perk.

  6. “Our flagship Barnes & Noble’s just closed.”
    The plaza where our usual B&N is located is also home to a Linens & Things that closed and a Circuit City that closed, so having the B&N close would be terrible–three empty big box stores in a row. (There’s some sort of construction work going on in the Linens & Things, so I’m hoping something new is going in there, but the store has been empty for years now.)

  7. I buy most books online, either Amazon or Indigo. I have a Kobo and have many ebooks but do like a paper book at times.
    The big book retailers here also have large gift and decor sections. I find that the best curated shops are still the independents.
    BTW the Barnes & Noble troubles are not much of a surprise – I was in the Honolulu location over the holidays and stock seemed much lower and more narrower in range than the post Christmas season would indicate. You know they are in trouble when the books on the shelf are facing out to fill the empty space.
    And, the staff person I spoke with had not heard of Joan Didion…

  8. I got a Kindle Touch for Christmas. After the initial disappointment (i.e. nobody has iPad-level love for me), I’ve grown to like it a great deal.

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