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Just when you thought you'd heard it ALL fromm the FReepers

They go and discuss Barnes and Noble's announced store closures:

[quote] The real problem is one of socialism. Government-run, taxpayer-supported public libraries prevent private business from operating bookstores and newsstands at a profit. A subsidized industry has a built-in advantage over entrepreneurship every time.

[quote] Ben Franklin's original lending library was a private enterprise with volunteers exchanging reading matter. It wasn't a state-run outfit like the public libraries of today. Moreover, public libraries are hangouts for stinking third-world types and the homeless. It's not a realistic scenario but I'd really like to see the government get out of the book and periodical business, thus allowing free enterprise to flourish in that sector.

by Anonymousreply 301/29/2013


by Anonymousreply 101/29/2013

Given that most of them probably read about 2 books a year, this comes as no surprise.

by Anonymousreply 201/29/2013

Those fucking idiots. B&N is going under because of competition from Amazon. They just can't compete. I did some temp customer service work for them a few years ago. They were already discussing this problem.

by Anonymousreply 301/29/2013
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