According to yesterday's story, "Hard facts oust soft chairs," Borders bookstores have cut their comfortable seating by 30%. The Barnes & Noble at the Power Plant at Baltimore's Inner Harbor is phasing out its cozy chairs because homeless people and amorous couples were taking advantage of the free horizontal surfaces.
There seems to be no agreement at the top levels of book chains as to whether providing a homey atmosphere encourages or discourages buying.
I tend to make book-buying decisions on the spot--I read the back cover copy, maybe glance at a page or two of prose inside to see if I like the author's style, then head for the cash register or coffee shop (usually in that order, because I'm a spiller).
What about you? Are you more or less likely to buy books if you have fifteen (or fifty) minutes to browse through them in the gentle arms of a Barcalounger? And what would Cardinal Ximinez think?
A-Z Update: "Riverdance - Remix" by Bill Whelan