B&N was the bookseller whose massive expansion into superstores in the '80s and '90s was seen as the catalyst for the closure of numerous independent booksellers across the country. They were the booksellers who absorbed much beloved small chains --- Doubleday Book Shops and Bookstop, among them --- and systematically closed them down. They were the bookseller who moved aggressively into college stores and gutted them of their serious academic titles in favor of higher margin sidelines and sweatshirts. They were the booksellers who wanted to WIN!
Barnes And Noble: Publishers Go From Hate To Love