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John the OFM14 Nov 2020 12:05 p.m. PST


Songs of America.
I ran into this at Barnes and Noble for $30. USD Simple decision, I think. I need some Ospreys too, and far cheaper at Amazon.
It looks very interesting, with Meacham filling in the history, and Tim McGraw giving the performer's and artist's perspective.
The book follows American history from the Revolution through the Civil War, through Suffrage and Civil Rights up to today.

An aside. How does Barnes and Noble stay in business with their prices? The local one was wrecked by a tornado a year ago (Yes! In northeastern Pennsylvania!) and reopened even more glorious and luxurious than ever.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP14 Nov 2020 12:46 p.m. PST


I've had that book since it originally was published. It is well done, although I got distracted and haven't completed it yet.


Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP15 Nov 2020 7:03 a.m. PST

Our B&N seems to be doing ok but I am not sure for
how long. Each time I'm there lots of folk in the
shop but don't seem to be buying just browsing or
in the coffee shop area.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP15 Nov 2020 8:23 a.m. PST

My local one seems to do okay. They also sell toys/collectibles/Legos, etc., which I am sure helps the bottom line.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP15 Nov 2020 11:36 a.m. PST

I think my local B&N is doomed. Some of the help don't read at all, which is never a good sign in the book trade, and during the first lockdown, they moved every book in the store, but were then too short-handed to man the help desk. So my chances of a useful recommendation have declined, and if I do know what I want, I can have the Devil's own time finding it.

But the overall answer to cheap books is two-fold: you either get remaindered books, meaning in B&N's case the one which used to be $27.99 USD goes down to $7.99 USD when the paperback comes out, or you get long press runs of books for which they never expect the demand to decrease. Length of press run is a major factor in cost, which is why Jane Austen costs me next to nothing and my Avram Davidson short story collections are hard to find and expensive when I do find them.

You guys need to buy more Avram Davidson and lower my costs. (N.B. Please don't tell me this isn't true because it doesn't hold for unique or "collectable" items. I already know that.)

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