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A book and a chair at B&N

Posted by Jan Gardner  June 25, 2007 09:17 PM

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Everybody's selling everything these days. Starbucks is selling books and music, and Barnes & Noble is selling... furniture, like the reading chair above.

The bookstore chain is "making a big push in home furnishings," and is selling Mitchell Gold furniture in some stores, according to Home Furnishings News.

Bill Miller, a vice president at Barnes & Noble, said the goal is to have "home business" expand from 6 percent of company revenues to 10 to 15 percent.

He told the trade magazine, "Because books [are sold everywhere], we're trying to make a stake in the non-book business."

Nothing like hedging your bets while independents struggle to survive and the rumor mill churns with talk of some kind of merger between Barnes & Noble and Borders.

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