My recent exploration of the failing of Barnes & Noble attracted many comments, some of which surprised me. To me, it was a simple issue of, 'If you won't sell to people, how can they buy?' But I had some food for thought from some of our readers, and I think the problem merits some further exploration. Here are my top off-the-beaten-track Barnes & Noble Failure Conspiracy Theories. Do some (or all) of them account for Barnes & Noble's dismal sales? 1. Barnes & Noble is targeting takeover partners, not customers. This one came to me via my Beloved, who reads ... but makes...