Im a big periodicals guy, specifically scale modeling and military/aviation. Since I like to look at what’s in them before deciding on buying (rather than subscribing) a physical store is the only way to go.
B&N, along with Borders, really expanded the selection of magazines and pushed the little guy news stands out of business. Since Borders died and removed competition I’ve noticed that B&N is cutting back on it’s magazines in both variety and inventory. They’ll probably end up killing the store near me. Hopefully the Books a Million and last local hobby shop will pick up the slack.
The real problem is one of socialism. Government-run, taxpayer-supported public libraries prevent private business from operating bookstores and newsstands at a profit. A subsidized industry has a built-in advantage over entrepreneurship every time.
Ben Franklin's original lending library was a private enterprise with volunteers exchanging reading matter. It wasn't a state-run outfit like the public libraries of today. Moreover, public libraries are hangouts for stinking third-world types and the homeless. It's not a realistic scenario but I'd really like to see the government get out of the book and periodical business, thus allowing free enterprise to flourish in that sector.
Interesting observation about the magazines. Years ago when the B&N opened in Carle Place they had a great mag selection, much better than the Borders in nearby Westbury. Lately the numbers of mags are the same but fewer titles in the History and Aviation and Transportation sections. Though they still have a large collection of Gun titles. I actually own two Nooks a new HD+ and a e print reader for the beach and pool. But I like a good book to hold as well. I do hope the Carle Place store stays around.
That’s what I was thinking. I really enjoy getting a cup of coffee and sitting down to read a couple magazines. I hope the one near me stays open.