A three-alarm fire claimed Portland, OR’s rare/used Great Northwest Bookstore over the weekend. The 120-year-old building held more than 100,000 books. Owner Phil Wikelund said, “It was my whole life, in terms of what I was doing,” adding, “I will move on some way. … I’m considering this my sign that I need to retire.” No one was injured in the blaze.
As of April 30, Barnes & Noble has a new free shipping offer for its loyalty program members. They will give “unlimited free shipping” for delivery in three business days or less for all “ship-to-home” orders placed in store as well as all orders at BN.com. Online, non-members get free standard shipping on all orders of $25 or more.