Comments: The Bookstore Conspiracy Continues!

Is it... or have they gotten to you too?

Posted by Richard at September 16, 2004 11:35 PM

I never said there was a conspiracy. What I said was that it seemed, at least where I live, that the conservative books were pushed to the back of the store, while Bush-bashing books were given prominent status.

I also said that I didn't think it was a corporate policy (corporations exist to make money, why would they suppress a book), but rather the actions of the individuals working in the store (implying independence of each other and not a conspiracy). To quote myself, "Now this might not be Barnes and Noble policy, but it seems every Barnes and Noble I go into provides the same results. Perhaps this is not a corporate policy. Maybe book placement is the responsibility of each store."

It is nice that Borders has put up a notice claiming that they have a troll. However, Dan Rather has taught us over the last week that viable documenation goes a long way.

If indeed they did have a troll posting, then perhaps they should enhance their qualifications for the right to post (which I'm sure they will do after this incident).

Despite the official position of Borders corporate office, I still stand by my personal (and several dozen others') experience with both Borders and Barnes & Noble bookstores in regard to placement of conservative book titles.

Posted by Evilwhiteguy at September 17, 2004 12:03 AM

I understand. My response is not to you alone. In reading many, many right-wing blogs I see continued ideas of "conspiracy" (involving both individual booksellers and bookstore corporations. I apologize if I liked you to a conspiracy theaory idea--I appreciate your clarification here.

Viable documentation does go a long way. What would you have them post to show proof of either a troll or a bad employee as opposed to a "conspiracy" among actual booksellers?

I didn't really want to set myself up as a defender of big bookstores chains, but it seems like I did. What I really want to stop are the attacks against bookstore employees over soemthing completely beyond their control.

Posted by ensie at September 17, 2004 07:38 AM

Richard, No worries. I'm untouchable! I just realize that there are a few bad apples out there (or maybe just trolls on the websites). I'm so sick of reading about how I and my fellow booksellers are "Pseudo-Intellectual Dim-Wits". It's really upsetting day after day to be blamed for something we have no power over, and the name-calling is really uncalled for. Grow up people! I've seen more than one co-worker in tears after being completely worked over by some asshole. You can really tell a lot by the way people treat those in the service industry. It's shocking just how rude and downright mean people can be.

Posted by ensie at September 17, 2004 01:53 PM

Our local Borders has it sandwiched among political books of varying viewpoints. I guess if you pick it up & think "ew!" you can pick up a copy of "Democracy Matters" instead.

Posted by Eden at September 24, 2004 09:15 PM

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