A Tale of Two Bookstores …

This week Borders booksellers filed for bankrupcy.  This is a really sad thing, but it has been coming for a while now.  I started to suspect something was wrong at the company about a year ago.  It happened one afternoon when I simply needed to track down a copy of Charles Dickens’ Martin Chuzzlewit.  So I hopped in my car and drove to nearest Borders. Back then, I generally preferred Borders to Barnes & Noble because the staff was a) more knowledgeable and b) less likely to try and sell me a Nook.  Anyway, when I walked into the store, here’s what I found:

That’s right; they had fifteen different Dickens titles, but no Martin Chuzzlewit.  So I got back in my car and headed on over to Barnes & Noble:

Out of just three Dickens books, one was Martin Chuzzlewit. What’s the moral of the story?  Barnes & Noble is staffed by secret mind readers.

Don’t feel bad, Borders.  No one can compete with that.


5 Comments Leave a Comment

  • Roboseyo says:

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=nook I’m not sure what a nook means to YOU, but Urbandictionary.com offers a suggestion that usually gets sold on a dark street, not a barnes and noble.

  • kbryna says:

    as a former barnes & noble employee, i can tell you that there *should* be a goodly number of Dickens titles. B&N Classics has a bunch of them. I know this because I used to admire them and want to buy additional copies of Bleak House, just so I’d have plenty in case, I don’t know, suddenly a Bleak House reading party sprang up in my house.

    I cannot even begin to speculate on why you, or anyone else, needed to find Martin Chuzzlewit.

    also, the nook is a very large reason why i am a *former* b&n employee.

  • Dad says:

    How come it says there are three comments on this post and you only show two?

    Are you holding out on us?

    I suppose after this one it will say four…but there will only be three…so…

  • Jeez, Dad! You finally show up to comment on my blog and it’s NOTHING BUT CRITICISM! (exits right, sobbing)

    [FYI – I think the added number is the result of “trackback” spam; I’ll try to fix]

  • Roboseyo says:

    My dad uses “Dad” when he comments on MY blog, too. I’m not sure what would happen if he commented here. He’d probably have to arm-wrestle your dad.

    I think my dad could beat your dad in an arm-wrestle.

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