A Merger! A Merger! Oh Goody Goody!

Barnes and Noble to merge with Borders?

Megabookstores are bad news in many ways, but the loss of one of these few is perhaps even worse news.  It is bad enough that their emergence has largely done away with local bookshops (other than those of an antiquarian bent), but now they are about to do away with themselves and present us with a choice of perhaps two chains and a couple of online vendors. 

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