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When you??re looking for a book to read but you don??t know just what you want, Barnes and Noble is the place for you. The have tons and tons of tables of books that you can peruse at your leisure.

Last week I stopped in a checked out the ??Summer Reads? table. I needed a few books to take with me to LBI, NJ and I didn??t want anything too heavy or depressing. An associate actually came by when I was reading one of the blurbs and suggested I look at ??What Alice Forgot.? Her suggestion was a great one since I??ve already completed the book and I haven??t even left for the trip yet.

I really love Barnes and Noble for just that reason. I love how that store gets me to put down the remote control and pick up a paperback. Barnes and Noble helps American, myself included- Read more and watch less.

5
★★★★★

When you??re looking for a book to read but you don??t know just what you want, Barnes and Noble is the place for you. The have tons and tons of tables of books that you can peruse at your leisure.

Last week I stopped in a checked out the ??Summer Reads? table. I needed a few books to take with me to LBI, NJ and I didn??t want anything too heavy or depressing. An associate actually came by when I was reading one of the blurbs and suggested I look at ??What Alice Forgot.? Her suggestion was a great one since I??ve already completed the book and I haven??t even left for the trip yet.

I really love Barnes and Noble for just that reason. I love how that store gets me to put down the remote control and pick up a paperback. Barnes and Noble helps American, myself included- Read more and watch less.

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Barnes and Noble has had to scale down a bit in terms of locations, as the recession has reduced consumers expendable incomes, but they??ve also grown wiser and the better for it. They now have ??The Nook?, an electronic reading device the size of your palm that enables you to read 1,000??s of books? you can highlight and save text, just like on a computer, and the screen of the The Nook is meant to appear as little like a computer screen as possible (easy on the eyes?.).

Amazon.com and other online retailers have cut into their business, but Barnes and Noble is still the best place for spending free time browsing all the coolest and newest books out there. It??s the ability to browse, to spend time looking through all the new titles that is lacking online. Looking, touching, feeling real books will always be more pleasurable than spending hours online staring at a computer screen doing the same thing (that??s more of a chore, if you ask me). They will also succeed as being the bookseller with the best selection of ??Coffee Table Books?? you know, big books with expensive photography and art work and compelling, contemporary, sexy themes. The magazine section at B & N is also to-die for? while many do not want to subscribe to magazines, who doesn??t want to thumb through them, and who cannot resist buying that ultra-cool art, fashion or style mag. Barnes and Noble is basically like a Starbucks, but more stimulating (and what do you know, many Barnes and Noble??s have built-in cafes that sell coffee too). It??s a hang-out spot, a place with a ??community? feeling, and I have a feeling Barnes and Noble stores will evolve even further in this ??experience?-oriented direction to lure in more customers in an increasingly online/virtual and cash-strapped future. I can imagine them setting up more tables and work-stations for freelancers and telecommuters to connect to free wifi with and use as a temporary office/meeting/socializing place, much like Starbucks does.

The stores are always clean, stately, spacious (huge!), cool and welcoming, and many people go just to people watch. They also have a lot of cool accessories, stationary, home accents, etc, that make perfect gifts.

Be sure to check the website for daily events and readings that go on within their stores- they have copious meeting rooms for such happenings and it??s a great way to meet an intellectual crowd (hint, hint, COLLEGE-EDUCATED SINGLES) and mingle with the literati.

5
★★★★★

Barnes and Noble has had to scale down a bit in terms of locations, as the recession has reduced consumers expendable incomes, but they??ve also grown wiser and the better for it. They now have ??The Nook?, an electronic reading device the size of your palm that enables you to read 1,000??s of books? you can highlight and save text, just like on a computer, and the screen of the The Nook is meant to appear as little like a computer screen as possible (easy on the eyes?.).

Amazon.com and other online retailers have cut into their business, but Barnes and Noble is still the best place for spending free time browsing all the coolest and newest books out there. It??s the ability to browse, to spend time looking through all the new titles that is lacking online. Looking, touching, feeling real books will always be more pleasurable than spending hours online staring at a computer screen doing the same thing (that??s more of a chore, if you ask me). They will also succeed as being the bookseller with the best selection of ??Coffee Table Books?? you know, big books with expensive photography and art work and compelling, contemporary, sexy themes. The magazine section at B & N is also to-die for? while many do not want to subscribe to magazines, who doesn??t want to thumb through them, and who cannot resist buying that ultra-cool art, fashion or style mag. Barnes and Noble is basically like a Starbucks, but more stimulating (and what do you know, many Barnes and Noble??s have built-in cafes that sell coffee too). It??s a hang-out spot, a place with a ??community? feeling, and I have a feeling Barnes and Noble stores will evolve even further in this ??experience?-oriented direction to lure in more customers in an increasingly online/virtual and cash-strapped future. I can imagine them setting up more tables and work-stations for freelancers and telecommuters to connect to free wifi with and use as a temporary office/meeting/socializing place, much like Starbucks does.

The stores are always clean, stately, spacious (huge!), cool and welcoming, and many people go just to people watch. They also have a lot of cool accessories, stationary, home accents, etc, that make perfect gifts.

Be sure to check the website for daily events and readings that go on within their stores- they have copious meeting rooms for such happenings and it??s a great way to meet an intellectual crowd (hint, hint, COLLEGE-EDUCATED SINGLES) and mingle with the literati.

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I was browsing at Barnes and Noble on a Saturday night and I was kind of aimlessly browsing through the tables of books, when suddenly I realized I left my phone when I went to pick up a book. Panicked, I retraced my steps to all the book sections I went to - and this involved going up and down the escalators to three different floors. Finally, I got back to square one, and just asked someone at customer service. Luckily, they had it behind the counter - thank goodness nobody was mean enough to steal a cell phone here! So, for this incident alone, I am eternally grateful to the staff here.??Anyway, as far as the store goes, I really like it. It is way better layout-wise than Borders in Penn Station because there's a lot more room.

I didn't feel like I was breathing down someone's neck when browsing the tables of books. They have a sizable section of bargain books upstairs, and they even have them in shelves against the wall, as opposed to those giant shelves chilling on the floor, which was neat and different.??

Their journals are really pretty. I saw some collaborations with some artists/bag designers, like Vera Bradley journals for B&N. Also, like others have said in previous reviews, there is a very big cafe on one of the levels here with lots of room to sit and read.??If you are a member of B&N you can save 10% off all of your everyday purchases that aren't already marked down 40% or whatever, hooray!

5
★★★★★

I was browsing at Barnes and Noble on a Saturday night and I was kind of aimlessly browsing through the tables of books, when suddenly I realized I left my phone when I went to pick up a book. Panicked, I retraced my steps to all the book sections I went to - and this involved going up and down the escalators to three different floors. Finally, I got back to square one, and just asked someone at customer service. Luckily, they had it behind the counter - thank goodness nobody was mean enough to steal a cell phone here! So, for this incident alone, I am eternally grateful to the staff here.??Anyway, as far as the store goes, I really like it. It is way better layout-wise than Borders in Penn Station because there's a lot more room.

I didn't feel like I was breathing down someone's neck when browsing the tables of books. They have a sizable section of bargain books upstairs, and they even have them in shelves against the wall, as opposed to those giant shelves chilling on the floor, which was neat and different.??

Their journals are really pretty. I saw some collaborations with some artists/bag designers, like Vera Bradley journals for B&N. Also, like others have said in previous reviews, there is a very big cafe on one of the levels here with lots of room to sit and read.??If you are a member of B&N you can save 10% off all of your everyday purchases that aren't already marked down 40% or whatever, hooray!

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If I had a dollar every time I have made my poor boyfriend wander through bookstores with me, we would probably be able to take a decent vacation. Nothing compares to the length of his groan whenever I casually suggest going into Barnes and Noble. I have literally spent close to a third of my life scanning the aisles and pouring over the ??new and recommended?, ??new fiction?, ??new non-fiction?, and ??beach reads? tables at Barnes and Noble. Everyone around me is also silently going through the tables, perusing whatever new Kurt Vonnegut book has been published from beyond the grave. When you live in New York City, finding peace and quiet is difficult to come by, especially when you??re idly killing time. Just last week I had about an hour to kill before I went to work, and I literally sat on the floor of the Union Square Barnes and Noble and read the first chapter of Sloane Crossley??s new collection of essays entitled How Did You Get This Number. It was one of the most glorious hours of my week. Nobody bothers you unless you ask them for help, and everyone minds their own business. It reminds me of what a library is supposed to be like, as opposed to its modern day purpose, which is to house the homeless during the day. I guess everyone needs their own personal time with literature, I just prefer to do mine on the comfy carpeting of the Barnes and Noble in Union Square, where everyone is happy and helpful, and the answer to the secret of life seems just within reach of the next Malcolm Gladwell book.

5
★★★★★

If I had a dollar every time I have made my poor boyfriend wander through bookstores with me, we would probably be able to take a decent vacation. Nothing compares to the length of his groan whenever I casually suggest going into Barnes and Noble. I have literally spent close to a third of my life scanning the aisles and pouring over the ??new and recommended?, ??new fiction?, ??new non-fiction?, and ??beach reads? tables at Barnes and Noble. Everyone around me is also silently going through the tables, perusing whatever new Kurt Vonnegut book has been published from beyond the grave. When you live in New York City, finding peace and quiet is difficult to come by, especially when you??re idly killing time. Just last week I had about an hour to kill before I went to work, and I literally sat on the floor of the Union Square Barnes and Noble and read the first chapter of Sloane Crossley??s new collection of essays entitled How Did You Get This Number. It was one of the most glorious hours of my week. Nobody bothers you unless you ask them for help, and everyone minds their own business. It reminds me of what a library is supposed to be like, as opposed to its modern day purpose, which is to house the homeless during the day. I guess everyone needs their own personal time with literature, I just prefer to do mine on the comfy carpeting of the Barnes and Noble in Union Square, where everyone is happy and helpful, and the answer to the secret of life seems just within reach of the next Malcolm Gladwell book.

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In the heart of Union Square what better way to escape than to go to a place that has every kind of book imaginable. This bookstore may very well be the largest one I have ever visited before, and yet, it is so organized and neat with a lot to offer. It is situated in a large, four story building, and neatly arranged in sections with enough room to wander about. There are escalators to get from one floor to another with very large signs from floor to floor to assist you even more. Once you get to the floor you will find what you??re looking for so easily either by just seeing it in the wide clearly labeled shelves, or their computers to help you.

Still haven??t found what you??re looking for as you wander about in this gigantic store? The super friendly staff is always willing to help you. They will actually direct or help you find the book, nook, DVD, or CD in any way possible. Even the rarest ones will be located here. Once your book is found, sit back and relax in their Starbucks on their premise. Be sure to order something first, but don??t worry, there will be enough seats in this one for you to sit in.

You will find when it is time to purchase your item what a smooth transaction it will be. Lines may accrue but it will go by fast due to the amount of workers behind the registers. This place is a must see whether you are a student looking for a textbook, or a tourist wandering about.

5
★★★★★

In the heart of Union Square what better way to escape than to go to a place that has every kind of book imaginable. This bookstore may very well be the largest one I have ever visited before, and yet, it is so organized and neat with a lot to offer. It is situated in a large, four story building, and neatly arranged in sections with enough room to wander about. There are escalators to get from one floor to another with very large signs from floor to floor to assist you even more. Once you get to the floor you will find what you??re looking for so easily either by just seeing it in the wide clearly labeled shelves, or their computers to help you.

Still haven??t found what you??re looking for as you wander about in this gigantic store? The super friendly staff is always willing to help you. They will actually direct or help you find the book, nook, DVD, or CD in any way possible. Even the rarest ones will be located here. Once your book is found, sit back and relax in their Starbucks on their premise. Be sure to order something first, but don??t worry, there will be enough seats in this one for you to sit in.

You will find when it is time to purchase your item what a smooth transaction it will be. Lines may accrue but it will go by fast due to the amount of workers behind the registers. This place is a must see whether you are a student looking for a textbook, or a tourist wandering about.

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Please note that Barnes and Noble is changing there policy. All chairs and benches have or will be removed from the floor. Customers will no longer be allowed to sit on the floor. Customers will no longer be able to plug in their computers in wall sockets. Also, customers will be told that they can not sit in the Barns and Noble cafe unless they are purchasing a cafe item. They want to become a retail store and move away from their previous philosopy. Also, big changes are coming they are returning books to publishers and now will make way for displays of the Nook and accessories. You will still be able to order any book but will be encouraged to download the book on a nook, smart phone,iIpad or compter. In the 11 years I have worked for Barnes and Nobles this is a hugh change. It will be like shopping at a department store.

5
★★★★★

Please note that Barnes and Noble is changing there policy. All chairs and benches have or will be removed from the floor. Customers will no longer be allowed to sit on the floor. Customers will no longer be able to plug in their computers in wall sockets. Also, customers will be told that they can not sit in the Barns and Noble cafe unless they are purchasing a cafe item. They want to become a retail store and move away from their previous philosopy. Also, big changes are coming they are returning books to publishers and now will make way for displays of the Nook and accessories. You will still be able to order any book but will be encouraged to download the book on a nook, smart phone,iIpad or compter. In the 11 years I have worked for Barnes and Nobles this is a hugh change. It will be like shopping at a department store.

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The Barnes and Noble located on the north side of Union Square takes up several floors, and each floor has something fun to offer. The space is big and bright, and the shelves are spaced out and there's intermittent open parts with tables to keep from seeming claustrophobic.

Everywhere there are places where you can sit (even if it's on the floor, which is very clean and welcoming) and flip through the book before you buy it. There are couches here and there. There's also a Starbucks on the premises, and you can actually sit at a table and read there, but you will be asked to buy something.

Escalators carry customers up and down, and at the foot and the top of each stretch of elevator there is a sign telling you what you can find on each floor. If you still have trouble finding your way around, there are helpful workers everywhere and computer stations where they can check where to find a certain book. There are usually at least half a dozen registers open, so even if there's a line, it always moves very quickly.

The bookstore also hosts many speakers promoting their new book, such as Ralph Nader. The stage and podium is usually set up right on the floor of the bookstore, and the sound system is very nice and carries the speaker all over the big bookstore.

PROS: Bright, helpful staff, great selection, lines move quickly
CONS:

5
★★★★★

The Barnes and Noble located on the north side of Union Square takes up several floors, and each floor has something fun to offer. The space is big and bright, and the shelves are spaced out and there's intermittent open parts with tables to keep from seeming claustrophobic.

Everywhere there are places where you can sit (even if it's on the floor, which is very clean and welcoming) and flip through the book before you buy it. There are couches here and there. There's also a Starbucks on the premises, and you can actually sit at a table and read there, but you will be asked to buy something.

Escalators carry customers up and down, and at the foot and the top of each stretch of elevator there is a sign telling you what you can find on each floor. If you still have trouble finding your way around, there are helpful workers everywhere and computer stations where they can check where to find a certain book. There are usually at least half a dozen registers open, so even if there's a line, it always moves very quickly.

The bookstore also hosts many speakers promoting their new book, such as Ralph Nader. The stage and podium is usually set up right on the floor of the bookstore, and the sound system is very nice and carries the speaker all over the big bookstore.

PROS: Bright, helpful staff, great selection, lines move quickly
CONS:

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This Barnes and Noble fits its environment well. Not so much the perfect place to buy books, as there are plenty of other book stores and even B&Ns in the area, this place always seems to have events and readings, and they have the whole coffee shop and reading area thing going on too. This place, like Union Square, is more about college students hanging out than about books, which makes it different in a good way.

5
★★★★★

This Barnes and Noble fits its environment well. Not so much the perfect place to buy books, as there are plenty of other book stores and even B&Ns in the area, this place always seems to have events and readings, and they have the whole coffee shop and reading area thing going on too. This place, like Union Square, is more about college students hanging out than about books, which makes it different in a good way.

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I think the Union Square Barnes and Noble is a decent chain location, but there are better choices within walking distance--with better bargains and more quiet. While their stock is pretty extensive (including a nice video/dvd and music selection in addition to books, for one stop shopping), it's hard to find rare or specialty selections. I also feel this store is too crowded to ever really enjoy browsing through book selections.

It is worth it to watch their upcoming events, though, as this B&N location seems to have the most worthwhile programs and author guests.

3
★★★☆☆

I think the Union Square Barnes and Noble is a decent chain location, but there are better choices within walking distance--with better bargains and more quiet. While their stock is pretty extensive (including a nice video/dvd and music selection in addition to books, for one stop shopping), it's hard to find rare or specialty selections. I also feel this store is too crowded to ever really enjoy browsing through book selections.

It is worth it to watch their upcoming events, though, as this B&N location seems to have the most worthwhile programs and author guests.

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I love this book store. I could spend the whole day there. It's so big that it must have almost every book ever printed. You can find books on any subject here. The coffee shop is great because you can sit and take you time and look through the books and just relax. I often come here on my lunch hour or after work just to have a cup of coffee, read a book or magazine, and unwind before I have to commute home. The staff is extremely helpful and will help you find any book you want. I wouldn't go to any other book store.

5
★★★★★

I love this book store. I could spend the whole day there. It's so big that it must have almost every book ever printed. You can find books on any subject here. The coffee shop is great because you can sit and take you time and look through the books and just relax. I often come here on my lunch hour or after work just to have a cup of coffee, read a book or magazine, and unwind before I have to commute home. The staff is extremely helpful and will help you find any book you want. I wouldn't go to any other book store.

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In my opinion, stores like this are outdated. Now that Amazon has free shipping on orders over twenty bucks and they make available just about every book under the sun at a good discount its hard to justify a store like Barns and Noble unless you insist on buying books in person. That having been said, it is worth mentioning that the seats in front of the Columbus Circle store are one of the best places to relax for a while in the entire city.

2
★★☆☆☆

In my opinion, stores like this are outdated. Now that Amazon has free shipping on orders over twenty bucks and they make available just about every book under the sun at a good discount its hard to justify a store like Barns and Noble unless you insist on buying books in person. That having been said, it is worth mentioning that the seats in front of the Columbus Circle store are one of the best places to relax for a while in the entire city.

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Although big conglomerates are basically evil, if you need a book and don't want to waste time looking for it, this is your best bet. Plus, books are often on sale. All in all, it's a customer friendly store and sometimes you can't beat that.

PROS: good books at good prices
CONS: It's a chain store

4
★★★★☆

Although big conglomerates are basically evil, if you need a book and don't want to waste time looking for it, this is your best bet. Plus, books are often on sale. All in all, it's a customer friendly store and sometimes you can't beat that.

PROS: good books at good prices
CONS: It's a chain store

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I love Barnes and Noble. I love that they invite you to sit and read their books for hours at a time, with coffee, without any pressure to buy. I love that this particular branch, having four levels, a full coffee bar, and a music section, has everything I could want. Unlike Borders, the Barnes and Noble employees are actually smart about books. And, at this location, there's a bonus of having the discount chain The Strand several blocks away. Not that I'm advocating this, but if you wanted to, you could read books for hours at Barnes and Noble, and then take a quick stroll down to the Strand to check if they're selling that book for less. Also? They have a whole table dedicated to books about obscure topics - The history of perfume, gin, poisons. Excellent

4
★★★★☆

I love Barnes and Noble. I love that they invite you to sit and read their books for hours at a time, with coffee, without any pressure to buy. I love that this particular branch, having four levels, a full coffee bar, and a music section, has everything I could want. Unlike Borders, the Barnes and Noble employees are actually smart about books. And, at this location, there's a bonus of having the discount chain The Strand several blocks away. Not that I'm advocating this, but if you wanted to, you could read books for hours at Barnes and Noble, and then take a quick stroll down to the Strand to check if they're selling that book for less. Also? They have a whole table dedicated to books about obscure topics - The history of perfume, gin, poisons. Excellent

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Barnes and Nobles has a huge selection of books for great prices. I get my textbooks for school at barnes and nobles. The employees are very helpful. They also have alot of locations and a website.

5
★★★★★

Barnes and Nobles has a huge selection of books for great prices. I get my textbooks for school at barnes and nobles. The employees are very helpful. They also have alot of locations and a website.

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The Barnes & Noble on the 54th Street,3rd Avenue,NY,NY is one of the best bookstores i have visited around.Not only the staff there is very cooperative and friendly,but the ambience of this particular store is somethinge else.I drop by the store evry single day on my way home.Also, the coffee shop inside the store is an added incentive to visit the store.The magazine section is next to the coffee section so you can sit with the magazines you want to go through while sipping on your coffee.I pick up all my books from there.And they great deals too especially if you are a member.

5
★★★★★

The Barnes & Noble on the 54th Street,3rd Avenue,NY,NY is one of the best bookstores i have visited around.Not only the staff there is very cooperative and friendly,but the ambience of this particular store is somethinge else.I drop by the store evry single day on my way home.Also, the coffee shop inside the store is an added incentive to visit the store.The magazine section is next to the coffee section so you can sit with the magazines you want to go through while sipping on your coffee.I pick up all my books from there.And they great deals too especially if you are a member.

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This Barnes and Noble is the best book store in the city to go to. It is also one of the biggest one. It is the whole building by Union Square and is several floors. I believe at least five floors all full of books, cd, etc.. Its a great place to hang out and get some books while you are at it. The people are very nice.

4
★★★★☆

This Barnes and Noble is the best book store in the city to go to. It is also one of the biggest one. It is the whole building by Union Square and is several floors. I believe at least five floors all full of books, cd, etc.. Its a great place to hang out and get some books while you are at it. The people are very nice.

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When youre looking for a book to read but you dont know just what you want, Barnes and Noble is the place for you. The have tons and tons of tables of books that you can peruse at your leisure.

Last week I stopped in a checked out the Summer Reads table. I needed a few books to take withme to LBI, NJ and I didnt want anything too heavy or depressing. An associate actually came by when I was reading one of the blurbs and suggested I look at What Alice Forgot. Her suggestion was a great one since Ive already completed the book and I havent even left for the trip yet.I really love Barnes and Noble for just that reason. I love how that store gets me to put down the remote control and pick up a paperback. Barnes and Noble helps Americans, myself included- Read more and watch less.

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When youre looking for a book to read but you dont know just what you want, Barnes and Noble is the place for you. The have tons and tons of tables of books that you can peruse at your leisure.

Last week I stopped in a checked out the Summer Reads table. I needed a few books to take withme to LBI, NJ and I didnt want anything too heavy or depressing. An associate actually came by when I was reading one of the blurbs and suggested I look at What Alice Forgot. Her suggestion was a great one since Ive already completed the book and I havent even left for the trip yet.I really love Barnes and Noble for just that reason. I love how that store gets me to put down the remote control and pick up a paperback. Barnes and Noble helps Americans, myself included- Read more and watch less.

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This is a great store to look up a plethora of books. What's best is the employees won't hound you unless you really look lost. And there are plenty of chairs which is always a hassle

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This is a great store to look up a plethora of books. What's best is the employees won't hound you unless you really look lost. And there are plenty of chairs which is always a hassle

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Barnes and Noble has had to scale down a bit in terms of locations, as the recession has reduced consumers expendable incomes, but theyve also grown wiser and the better for it. They now have The Nook, an electronic reading device the size of your palm that enables you to read 1,000s of books you can highlight and save text, just like on a computer, and the screen of the The Nook is meant to appear as little like a computer screen as possible (easy on the eyes.).

Amazon and other online retailers have cut into their business, but Barnes and Noble is still the best place for spending free time browsing all the coolest and newest books out there. Its the ability to browse, to spend time looking throughall the new titles that is lacking online. Looking, touching, feeling real books will always be more pleasurable than spending hours online staring at a computer screen doing the same thing (thats more of a chore, if you ask me). They will also succeed as being the bookseller with the best selection of Coffee Table Books you know, big books with expensive photography and art work and compelling, contemporary, sexy themes. The magazine section at B&N is also to-die for while many do not want to subscribe to magazines, who doesnt want to thumb through them, and who cannot resist buying that ultra-cool art, fashion or style mag. Barnes and Noble is basically like a Starbucks, but more stimulating (and what do you know, many Barnes and Nobles have built-incafes that sell coffee too). Its a hang-out spot, a place with a community feeling, and I have a feeling Barnes and Noble stores will evolve even further in this experience-oriented direction to lure in more customers in an increasingly online/virtual and cash-strapped future. I can imagine them setting up more tables and work-stations for freelancers and telecommuters to connect to free wifi with and use as a temporary office/meeting/socializing place, much like Starbucks does.

The stores are always clean, stately, spacious (huge!), cool and welcoming, and many people go just to people watch. They also have a lot of cool accessories, stationary, home accents, etc, that make perfect gifts.

Be sure to check the website for daily events and readings that go on within their stores- they have copious meeting rooms for such happenings and its a great way to meet an intellectual crowd (hint, hint, COLLEGE-EDUCATED SINGLES) and mingle with the literati.

5
★★★★★

Barnes and Noble has had to scale down a bit in terms of locations, as the recession has reduced consumers expendable incomes, but theyve also grown wiser and the better for it. They now have The Nook, an electronic reading device the size of your palm that enables you to read 1,000s of books you can highlight and save text, just like on a computer, and the screen of the The Nook is meant to appear as little like a computer screen as possible (easy on the eyes.).

Amazon and other online retailers have cut into their business, but Barnes and Noble is still the best place for spending free time browsing all the coolest and newest books out there. Its the ability to browse, to spend time looking throughall the new titles that is lacking online. Looking, touching, feeling real books will always be more pleasurable than spending hours online staring at a computer screen doing the same thing (thats more of a chore, if you ask me). They will also succeed as being the bookseller with the best selection of Coffee Table Books you know, big books with expensive photography and art work and compelling, contemporary, sexy themes. The magazine section at B&N is also to-die for while many do not want to subscribe to magazines, who doesnt want to thumb through them, and who cannot resist buying that ultra-cool art, fashion or style mag. Barnes and Noble is basically like a Starbucks, but more stimulating (and what do you know, many Barnes and Nobles have built-incafes that sell coffee too). Its a hang-out spot, a place with a community feeling, and I have a feeling Barnes and Noble stores will evolve even further in this experience-oriented direction to lure in more customers in an increasingly online/virtual and cash-strapped future. I can imagine them setting up more tables and work-stations for freelancers and telecommuters to connect to free wifi with and use as a temporary office/meeting/socializing place, much like Starbucks does.

The stores are always clean, stately, spacious (huge!), cool and welcoming, and many people go just to people watch. They also have a lot of cool accessories, stationary, home accents, etc, that make perfect gifts.

Be sure to check the website for daily events and readings that go on within their stores- they have copious meeting rooms for such happenings and its a great way to meet an intellectual crowd (hint, hint, COLLEGE-EDUCATED SINGLES) and mingle with the literati.

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If I had a dollar every time I have made my poor boyfriend wander through bookstores with me, we would probably be able to take a decent vacation. Nothing compares to the length of his groan whenever I casually suggest going into Barnes and Noble. I have literally spent close to a third of my life scanning the aisles and pouring over thenew and recommended, new fiction, new non-fiction, and beach reads tables at Barnes and Noble. Everyone around me is also silently going through the tables, perusing whatever new Kurt Vonnegut book has been published from beyond the grave. When you live in New York City, finding peace and quiet is difficult to come by, especially when youre idly killing time. Just last week I had about an hour to kill before I went to work, and I literally sat on the floor of the Union Square Barnes and Noble and read the first chapter of Sloane Crossleys new collection of essays entitled How Did You Get This Number. It was one of the most glorious hours of my week. Nobody bothers you unless you ask them for help, and everyone minds their own business. It reminds me of what a library is supposed to be like, as opposed to its modern day purpose, which is to house the homeless during the day. I guess everyone needs their own personal time with literature, I just prefer to do mine on the comfy carpeting of the Barnes and Noble in Union Square, where everyone is happy and helpful, and the answer to the secret of life seems just within reach of the next Malcolm Gladwell book.

5
★★★★★

If I had a dollar every time I have made my poor boyfriend wander through bookstores with me, we would probably be able to take a decent vacation. Nothing compares to the length of his groan whenever I casually suggest going into Barnes and Noble. I have literally spent close to a third of my life scanning the aisles and pouring over thenew and recommended, new fiction, new non-fiction, and beach reads tables at Barnes and Noble. Everyone around me is also silently going through the tables, perusing whatever new Kurt Vonnegut book has been published from beyond the grave. When you live in New York City, finding peace and quiet is difficult to come by, especially when youre idly killing time. Just last week I had about an hour to kill before I went to work, and I literally sat on the floor of the Union Square Barnes and Noble and read the first chapter of Sloane Crossleys new collection of essays entitled How Did You Get This Number. It was one of the most glorious hours of my week. Nobody bothers you unless you ask them for help, and everyone minds their own business. It reminds me of what a library is supposed to be like, as opposed to its modern day purpose, which is to house the homeless during the day. I guess everyone needs their own personal time with literature, I just prefer to do mine on the comfy carpeting of the Barnes and Noble in Union Square, where everyone is happy and helpful, and the answer to the secret of life seems just within reach of the next Malcolm Gladwell book.

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In the heart of Union Square what better way to escape than to go to a place that has every kind of book imaginable. This bookstore may very well be the largest one I have ever visited before, and yet, it is so organized and neat with a lot to offer. It is situated in a large, four story building, and neatly arranged in sections with enough room to wander about. There are escalators to get from one floor to another with very large signs from floor to floor to assist you even more. Once you get to the floor you will find what youre looking for so easily either by just seeing it in the wide clearly labeled shelves, or their computers to help you.

Still havent found what youre looking for as you wander about in this gigantic store? The super friendly staff is always willing to help you. They will actually direct or help you find the book, nook, DVD, or CD in any way possible. Even the rarest ones will be located here. Once your book is found, sit back and relax in their Starbucks on their premise. Be sure to order something first, but dont worry, there will be enough seats in this one for you to sit in.

You will find when it is time to purchase your item what a smooth transaction it will be. Lines may accrue but it will go by fast due to the amount of workers behind the registers. This place is a must see whether you are a student looking for a textbook, or a tourist wandering about.

5
★★★★★

In the heart of Union Square what better way to escape than to go to a place that has every kind of book imaginable. This bookstore may very well be the largest one I have ever visited before, and yet, it is so organized and neat with a lot to offer. It is situated in a large, four story building, and neatly arranged in sections with enough room to wander about. There are escalators to get from one floor to another with very large signs from floor to floor to assist you even more. Once you get to the floor you will find what youre looking for so easily either by just seeing it in the wide clearly labeled shelves, or their computers to help you.

Still havent found what youre looking for as you wander about in this gigantic store? The super friendly staff is always willing to help you. They will actually direct or help you find the book, nook, DVD, or CD in any way possible. Even the rarest ones will be located here. Once your book is found, sit back and relax in their Starbucks on their premise. Be sure to order something first, but dont worry, there will be enough seats in this one for you to sit in.

You will find when it is time to purchase your item what a smooth transaction it will be. Lines may accrue but it will go by fast due to the amount of workers behind the registers. This place is a must see whether you are a student looking for a textbook, or a tourist wandering about.

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This Barnes&Nobles has it all. Bookstore, Coffee Shop, Discussion Room and it has 4 floors full of books!

Definitely a great place to read, relax and immerse yourself in the book world!

4
★★★★☆

This Barnes&Nobles has it all. Bookstore, Coffee Shop, Discussion Room and it has 4 floors full of books!

Definitely a great place to read, relax and immerse yourself in the book world!

Pros: Spacious, Large Selection

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Forget Borders and the rest, B&N beats them all hands down. Complete with a Starbucks and every conceievable book you would ever want (if they don't have it, they'll order it), it's right there. Their selections are impeccable. The staff is usually very willing to help. All in all, they have what you need and want concerning books.

5
★★★★★

Forget Borders and the rest, B&N beats them all hands down. Complete with a Starbucks and every conceievable book you would ever want (if they don't have it, they'll order it), it's right there. Their selections are impeccable. The staff is usually very willing to help. All in all, they have what you need and want concerning books.

Pros: Selection, staff, service, ambience

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OK, it's just one of the B&N empire's outposts, now almost as ubiquitous as Duane Reades, but it's one of the better ones. First, the location, convenient to many subway lines, makes this store's excellent reading series even more accessible. Then, unlike the Astor Place locale, this one's got some room to sprawl so the claustrophobic aspect of so many Manhattan stores, particularly those with so much to sell, suffer from. Stock's respectable and service is usually decent. All in all, quite a good effort for a store that's not the flagship.

4
★★★★☆

OK, it's just one of the B&N empire's outposts, now almost as ubiquitous as Duane Reades, but it's one of the better ones. First, the location, convenient to many subway lines, makes this store's excellent reading series even more accessible. Then, unlike the Astor Place locale, this one's got some room to sprawl so the claustrophobic aspect of so many Manhattan stores, particularly those with so much to sell, suffer from. Stock's respectable and service is usually decent. All in all, quite a good effort for a store that's not the flagship.

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