Traditional brick-and-mortar bookstores continue to decline. I was in a stand-alone Barnes and Noble this week, which, even though somewhat different from the stores of yesteryear, brought back memories that were garnered before Amazon and other online sellers entered the picture. Of course, Barnes and Noble and other brick-and-mortars still around also sell online to help keep them competing and staying relevant.

Knowing that some book lovers still rather buy a book they can take off a shelf, flip through, caress, and even sit down with a cup of coffee and read a little, Amazon has opened some brick-and-mortars, helping further to push out the large and small independent stores. I recall when mom-and-pop stores were some of the best in which to browse and spend some time.