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.