On Monday, Barnes & Noble announced the formation of a seasonal, in-store book club, and Meg Wolitzer’s The Female Persuasion is the first-ever Barnes & Noble Book Club pick. Discussions will be held at each of the 600+ stores nationwide, beginning on the night of May 2. Better yet: admission to the event is free, and you’ll even get a free coffee, hot or iced, and a free cookie from the café, just for attending.
Barnes & Noble didn’t have a great holiday season in 2017, and the effects of poor sales figures have shown in the first few months of this year. In February, the retailer laid off lead workers without warning, saying that the move “adjust[s] staffing so that it meets the needs of our existing business and our customers.” Layoffs aren’t the only change Barnes & Noble has made to stay afloat over the last few years, as competitors Waldenbooks, Borders, and Books-a-Million have shuttered and downsized. With Amazon opening its own physical bookstores, Barnes & Noble launched several concept stores featuring bars and restaurants in 2017.
The Barnes & Noble Book Club is the latest of the retailer’s efforts to stay in business in the age of Amazon.
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