Overheard at the Barnes & Noble in Brooklyn Heights:
Lady: Excuse me, but I’m looking for a book.
Store chick: And?
Lady: I don’t remember the title or author, but the cover is purple.
Store chick: Our purple books are downstairs.
Lady: They sent me up here.
Store chick: We’re sold out of purple books. You want something in a yellow?
Update: Susan Ramsey (of Kalamazoo’s late Athena Bookshop) writes: “Good grief, this was always our fantasy…. Hope B&N keeps it up — that kind of service could save the indies. The real fun is starting from [the color] and actually figuring out what they’re after.”