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Coming loss of Barnes & Noble should grieve local book lovers

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“I love books, love to hold them, open them, browse in them, smell the paper and ink. Now and then I even read one.” — Garrison Keillor Keillor Reader, Viking, May 2014 Keillor goes on to say that he opened an independent bookstore in St. Paul in 2006 because “The neighborhood bookstore had shut down and people missed it, and so there was an obligation.” I don’t think Gazette readers realize that we may be ...

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May 25, 2014
9:08 a.m.

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I always wondered how many of the people sitting around reading books and magazines actually ever bought a book or a magazine?

May 25, 2014
3:09 p.m.

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I'd like to remind everyone that a very fine local bookstore, The Open Door, is on Jay Street in Downtown Schenectady. It is a delightful, wonderful, well-run local institution, has been part of the Jay Street shopping experience for many years,well worth a visit..or many! Mr. Reilly, please consider coming to the Open Door, you will not be disappointed. Patsey Manning

May 25, 2014
4:44 p.m.

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The Town of Niskayuna bared what little soul it had when it allowed the Stanford Mansion travesty to occur. As a direct descendent of Harmon Vedder, one of the original settlers of Niskayuna, I wish a pox on whatever is built on that intersection (no, I'm not a psychopath with fantasies of mass destruction, just disgusted by that town's behavior). I've been in the B&N many times and see glimmers of what can happen in a public, albeit corporate, setting where people can congregate and maybe interact, or maybe not (have you noticed that, Open Door?). But that's about the only organic thing that happens at that intersection. The rest is crass, tasteless, soulless, unabashed commercialism. Just the place for a Walmart. Well done again, Nisky.

May 27, 2014
8:05 a.m.

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Go to The Open Door, The Whitney Book Corner, or The Book House. Those are real book stores. Barnes and Noble was a text book conglomerate that branched out to the masses.