National bookseller Barnes & Noble is now stocking its shelves with vinyl records and turntables, possibly threatening local 'mom-and-pop' shops.

Barnes & Noble has always come to mind as the place to grab a good read and a Starbucks latte, and where Gretchen got diarrhea and Karen told everyone about it. However, with the 'vinyl revival,' its outdated CD section is quickly reinventing itself as the go-to stop for a plastic Crosley turntable and something to play on it.

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images

It's obvious that their motive is business driven; a blatant opportunity to capitalize on the ever-growing trend of millennials opting for the retro feel of a physical medium in an age of mp3s (and let's face it, those shelves of CDs just aren't cool yet).

Vinyl is generating more revenue than YouTube Music, VEVO, SoundCloud, and Free Spotify combined and the bookseller is looking to capitalize on it.


I have to admit, it's kind of cool. I am one of those kids who has a suitcase Crosley (though I've had it for a long time, OK?!), and if I find an album I love start to finish, I'll find it worth purchasing on vinyl. And, when perusing for a newer title, heading over to Barnes & Noble would seem pretty convenient.

BUT -- But, that said, I'm left feeling weary of what impact this could have on our few local  'mom-and-pop' record stores like Bizarre Bazaar and Downtown Sound. Though, in addition to some new releases, those places do carry more rare, vintage finds than a chain store ever will, so I hope that people still consider hitting up those shops before heading to a Barnes & Noble to beef up their collection.


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