Barnes & Noble on Shattuck has closed.
Berkeley which used to be a town full of bookstores, with Cody’s as the flagship, has fewer and fewer.
I keep expecting to see Black Oaks to close — when I’m there it’s always mostly empty, very different from just a few years ago. This is a tragedy — buying books online is OK, but it’s very different from being able to look at and handle books, and find ones I wouldn’t have known to order online. And the fewer books I can find locally, the more I order online: with Cody’s Telegraph closed, there’s no place around, including Cody’s 4th Street, with that selection. And with Cody’s gone B&N was more important, as a large bookstore with a variety of books.