How Barnes & Noble Went From Villain to Hero

From a New York Times story by Elizabeth A. Harris headlined “How Barnes & Noble Went From Villain to Hero”:

After years on the decline, Barnes & Noble’s sales are up, its costs are down — and the same people who for decades saw the superchain as a supervillain are celebrating its success.

In the past, the book-selling empire, with 600 outposts across all 50 states, was seen by many readers, writers and book lovers as strong-arming publishers and gobbling up independent stores in its quest for market share.