Friday Debate: Barnes and Noble

Welcome to Friday Debate, a feature on cup of tea with that book, please, where every Friday a question will be posted that tantalize the brain and expands our horizons. For this week’s question:  Continue reading “Friday Debate: Barnes and Noble”

Why I Don’t Shop at Barnes & Noble

A few days ago, an editorial was published in the New York Times depicting the deep trouble Barnes & Noble is truly in and why, more than ever, the retail book chain needs to be saved. Across the web and the blog-sphere, writers and book lovers a like are urging that we need all that we can do to save a company that is literally the last book chain in the United States. There is strong encouragement now, to shop at Barnes & Noble  more and support their future.

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Barnes & Noble Releases A New Book Recommendation App

Barnes and Noble  recently launched a new app, Browsery™, a new app that helps you find book recommendations. The new app, which can be found in the Apple® and Google Play® stores, is a community driven application that gives readers a chance to ask for and give book recommendations. Continue reading “Barnes & Noble Releases A New Book Recommendation App”

Barnes and Noble Reveals Book Graph and SmartGift

Book Graph

Barnes and Noble recently released two very different apps, in anticipation of the holiday season.

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Amazon Books Won’t Bring Indie Bookstores to Their Knees

Amazon Books in New York
Amazon Books: Located at The Shops at Columbus Circle, New York, NY

When I first heard that Amazon was opening bookstores, this was my initial reaction:

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By creating their online business, Amazon has cornered a huge market of book buying which most of the purchasing is done online. So why would Amazon take the risk of opening a brick and mortar bookstore, especially when a lot of them have been closing and people continue to fear their extinction?

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Instead of Saving the Bronx’s Last Bookstore, Bronx Officials Demand an Apple Store 

It appears that Bronx politicians have their priorities a little misconstrued.

26 Bronx politicians, including Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., recently penned a letter to Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, to consider opening an Apple location in the Bronx. The Apple Store has 10 locations in New York City and none of them are in the Bronx. The article continues to say:

The letter, which was signed by more than a dozen members of Congress, City Council members, and state senators, read, “Few brands are as recognized and admired as Apple, and an ‘Apple Bronx’ location would be another signal to the world that The Bronx is open for business. It is time for The Bronx to get its bite of the Apple!”

So instead of trying to save the only bookstore in the Bronx, politicians are busy trying to add another electronic store to the Bronx’s roster. When I wrote about this issue last week, some of you commented about the lack of encouragement to read in today’s society and this push to bring another electronic store into borough that has school districts with low literacy rates just shows where their priority lies. This is more about the money than about the actual intellectual learning.

And the hits keeps coming. It was announced yesterday that Saks OFF 5TH, a subsidiary of Saks Fifth Avenue, will move into the location Barnes & Noble currently resides at Bay Plaza. Is this more evidence against Prestige Properties, materialism much higher than cultural literacy? Now before you say that Prestige is evil, you might want to read this excerpt from this article:

Prestige Properties stated that Barnes & Noble has determined that the existing store size and format is no longer feasible to support their business model, and therefore, has chosen to end their lease at the Bay Plaza location.

“Barnes & Noble has been an important and valuable tenant at Bay Plaza for years,” a spokesperson from Prestige Properties & Development Company, Inc. said. “We stand ready and welcome the opportunity to meet with Barnes & Noble and discuss other options for their continued presence here, so that we can keep them here as a valuable asset to the Bronx community as well as Bay Plaza.”

Prestige Properties added that the Bay Plaza Shopping Center has offered Barnes & Noble “some very attractive options” for a new store location to meet its new, smaller format.

Again I ask, who is really to blame for this entire mess?

Weekly Tea Discussion: Who Is Responsible For Bookstores Closing?


This past week, my neighborhood received some sad news. The Barnes and Noble, which is located in the Bay Plaza Shopping Center in the Co-op City section of the Bronx, will close at the end of this year.  Not only this is the only Barnes and Noble in the Bronx, but this was the LAST bookstore in the Bronx. After the announcement was made, there was outpour of nostalgia, remembering how great it was to sit  in there and read, and then anger over closing a literary institution that has been a staple in a community for over 15 years. But this is back and forth got me thinking about this week’s Weekly Tea Discussion:

Who is to blame when bookstores start closing? Continue reading “Weekly Tea Discussion: Who Is Responsible For Bookstores Closing?”

Barnes and Noble May Close Its Last Store In Queens

A Barnes & Noble window sign.

From DNAinfo:

It’s a tough time for booklovers in Queens.

The Bayside Barnes & Noble, at 23-80 Bell Blvd., might close down soon, as the bookstore chain said it was not able to reach an agreement with the landlord over its lease.

The news comes on the heels of an announcement that the Forest Hills location, which opened in 1995, will close in January next year and will be replaced in July by Target.

The Forest Hills and Bayside locations are the last Barnes & Noble stores in Queens, after the chain closed its location on Union Turnpike in Fresh Meadows last year.

“Despite our best efforts to secure lease extensions at both our Forest Hills and Bayside Barnes & Noble locations, the respective property owners decided to lease to other tenants,” said David Deason, the vice president of development at Barnes & Noble.

“When our lease came back up for renewal the property owner notified us that they chose a tenant who was willing to pay rents far in excess of what we were willing to pay,” Deason added, referring to the Bayside store which is located within the Bay Terrace complex.

A representative for Cord Meyer Development, the landlord in Bayside, said Thursday the company has “no comment at this time,” adding that Barnes & Noble is still its “current tenant.”

It was not immediately clear when the lease on the Bayside location expires.

Sources said that HomeGoods may be replacing the bookstore at the Bay Terrace complex.

HomeGoods did not respond to emails seeking comment.

The bookstore chain said it won’t give up on Queens.

“The Queens community is extremely important to us and as a result we are aggressively looking at new locations and expect to have a new store there in the future,” Deason said.”


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Weekly Tea Discussion: Classics


What is a classic?

Well, here is how Oxford Dictionary defines it:

As an adjective:

Judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind:”

And as a noun:

A work of art of recognized and established value:

I think these definitions reflect the same sentiments that are portrayed in society. Bookstores set aside classic books in their very own book display. Barnes & Noble has their very own line of books classified as “Barnes & Noble Classics”, a collection of books that the company publishes in their own editions and formats. The same goes with Random House’s imprint “Modern Library Classics” and “Bantam Classics”. See, from booksellers to publishers all across the world set aside certain books that they deemed to be classics.

But my question for this week’s discussion: what makes a book a classic?
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