Books-A-Million | McCain | Bookstores | Shopping
If you're going to shop a big box bookstore, why choose Books-A-Million over Barnes & Noble? For starters, it appears to have equal if not greater stock, so you might find something here that B&N doesn't have, particularly in the massive magazine section. If you're a bargain shopper, the Lakewood outlet often has big tubs to dig through. And like all bookstores fighting a losing battle with the web, BAM sells a lot of collectibles, including some fairly cool stuff (on a recent trip, we saw Eric Carle caterpillar dolls, big-headed plush Marvel dolls and a small Kid Robot section, with plush donuts and Frank Kozik smoking rabbits). There's a Joe Muggs coffee shop attached, too. Like Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million heavily pushes an annual $20 membership, which promises a confusing array of deals and access to the store's otherwise private Wi-Fi.

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