When books are marketed on the internet, it is often difficult to determine if they are exactly what you need. Artists and craftsmen are especially vulnerable to this. A book may look like the perfect answer, but when it arrives the information is not what is expected, or is not written at a level that is useful. Thanks to the policies at Barnes and Noble http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/storelocator/stores.aspx?x=y& you can order most in print books from their customer service desk.
When the book arrives at the store they will call you. You are able to preview the book, even sit in one of their sitting areas to look through it. If you find it is the right book for you, all you have to do is buy it. If it does not meet your needs, just return it to the front desk, they will place it in their inventory for their shelves.
A good example of custom ordering is A Zentangle a Day by Beckah Krahula. Although the price was two dollars more than the advertised sale price on Amazon, the shipping makes the difference. Barnes and Noble does not charge extra to special order titles. So, the online discount price, once shipping is added is not the advantage advertised.
Another book ordered was Altered Books, author unknown. Although the online offering toted that it was a great manual for the making of altered books, when previewed at Barnes and Noble it was found to be too elementary. It was a good book for the inquisitive, however it did not offer any more insight for the more experienced crafter. so, it was returned to the front desk and the money was saved for a more useful book.
Whether you are a novice crafter or a more experienced artisan, Barnes and Noble offers many titles on their shelves, don't miss their Craft Shelves, their Art shelves and their Bargain book areas. With their custom ordering service they become the ideal resource for the Arts and Crafts field.