I'm sure most fans of the written word have noticed that book stores aren't doing that well these days, or at least they aren't in my area. There are still lots of them, but they seem to be slowly closing down from the smallest on up. One particularly large one that had been an institution in my city for decades closed just last year, and is now being turned into condos. Yay. I've also noticed that book stores are turning into all-purposes stores. The last time I went in one of the larger book stores in the area there was furniture, glassware, dishware, toys, electronics, and lots of other stuff you wouldn't have seen in a book store a decade ago. I wonder how long it'll be before some of these chains are just department stores. What's your take? Are book stores a dying breed? Or have you noticed different trends in your area?