Worth Knowing: Dartmouth Bookstore closing at end of year

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The Dartmouth reported today that The Dartmouth Bookstore will be closing at the end of the year. According to Barnes and Noble College, which has run The Dartmouth Bookstore for the past several years, the company was unable to renew its lease. It's not clear whether the parties couldn't reach agreeable terms or whether the landlord wouldn't renew the lease, but the effect of the ever increasing use of e-commerce by book buyers is bound to have been a factor.

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When The Dartmouth Bookstore closes, it will leave Hanover, a college town, without a first-run bookseller. Left Bank Books, a fixture on the second floor at 9 Main Street in Hanover, sells used, rare and out-of-print books. A college town without a bookseller would have been unthinkable even 10 years ago.

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