Why Does Wal Mart Sell Books?

Serious question. I can name one person off the top of my head who I know buys books fairly regularly from Wal Mart. I’ve definitely done my share of browsing the books at Wal Mart, but my memory tells me I’ve never actually bought a book from there. I usually just look to see if I know which books they’ll have in stock without even thinking about it.

If I set up my tripod near the books and threw Harry’s invisibility cloak over the top of it I’d see just how few people actually stop to take a look at them. I own something like 250 books. But when I think of Wal Mart I think of groceries, essentials, and TVs.

I’ve bought books from Barnes and Noble, Borders, Amazon, Half Price Books, Murder by the Book in Houston, and the Wal Mart website. We have so many options at this point that I just don’t see any benefit for a grocery store to sell such a limited number of books. They sell mega bestselling new releases and ultra popular older ones. The problem is that just about anyone who’d be interested in buying these particular books has bought them elsewhere.

Also, Target does a MUCH better job with their books than Wal Mart does. Better titles and better selection in every store I’ve been in. But still, I haven’t bought from there either.

My question still stands. Why does Wal Mart sell books? 

Stop Saying Barnes and Nobles

How hard is it? Something I see almost every single day is other bloggers talking about going to “Barnes and Nobles”. And I just don’t get it. Do you say you’re going to Wal Marts? Or that you’re going to Targets? Or maybe Books-a-Millions? No to all three of those? Oh. That’s surprising.

The next time you go to your neighborhood Barnes and Noble store, stop and take a look at the name on the outside of the building. Take a second to read it as it is written and not as you’ve been saying it for the last ten years. And then once you do that, stop adding that stupid “s” to the end.