The leases run out on 129 B&N stores at the end of this year. Barnes and Noble will not be renewing them, the stores will shut their doors. Two in my area will be closing. Fortunately my store is not one of them, but I’m being told it is a strong possibility at the end of 2013. What was once the superstore for books is now becoming a thing of the past.
[addition]: Nook on the other hand will thrive, especially now that Microsoft has bought a huge chunk of it. I’m guessing Nook, since B&N and Microsoft set it up as a separate entity, will spin off and be its own company using B&N digital stock.