Trade in transition waits on White House

Trade in transition waits on White House

Book business citizens, like all Americans, are on tenterhooks. Lines of the masked and not-very-distanced wait patiently (especially for New Yorkers), standing two, three, five hours to enter polling places. Many shopfronts on those streets sit empty, “For Rent” signs convincing no-one. Some of them used to sell books.

My local Barnes & Noble (one of the chain’s biggest) closed permanently in June, when Target made c.e.o. James Daunt an offer for the long lease that he didn’t refuse. Having promised a smaller store would open on the Upper East Side to replace it, local denizens have turne...

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