The Bookstores Last Stand? is what the title says, whether it’s true is hard to say. Bookstores as we know have been changing for years. Some people think Amazon will kill B&N or other similar entities, but it’s hard to say whether that will happen, I certainly hope it doesn’t. As #dbw conference last week ended there were talks from BN about giving data and opening up better channels and conversations with publishers. Will that fix it? Is it too late? Honestly, I just don’t know, your thoughts?Barnes & Noble, Taking On Amazon in the Fight of Its LifeBarnes & Noble, the giant that put so many independent booksellers out of business, now finds itself locked in the fight of its life, with Amazon.com lurking in the background.
Space saving is the inspiration for a bookcase staircase in an attic apartment that occupies part of the top floor of an existing Victorian mansion in London. “We created a ‘secret’ staircase, hidden from the main reception room, to access a new loft bedroom lit by roof lights,” states the Web site of Levitate, a London based architecture and design studio, which designed it. “Limited by space, we melded the idea of a staircase with our client’s desire for a library to form a ‘library staircase’ in which English oak stair treads and shelves are both completely lined with books on three sides.” People are essentially surrounded by books as they ascend or descend the stairs. A skylight above illuminates the staircase, making it “the perfect place to stop and browse a tome.”