• Barnes & Noble, the world’s largest book chain, laid off 100 employees in its New York headquarters this week, pointing to a recent downturn in sales. The cuts amount to about 4 percent of the headquarters staff. [The New York Times]
• The Virgin Megastore in New York City’s Times Square will close in April, to be replaced by a Forever 21 fashion store. The Virgin stores carry graphic novels alongside music, movies, video games and clothing. [The New York Times]
• The restructuring at Random House Publishing Group, which ended Thursday, has resulted in the layoffs of Random House’s Modern Library editor Judy Sternlight, Ballantine’s Villard editor Bruce Tracy, and Ballantine’s Anika Streitfeld and Liz Scheier.
There also were a couple of promotions: Nina Taublib, former deputy publisher of Bantam Dell, is now publisher and editor-in-chief, overseeing Bantam, Dell, Delacorte, Delta. Scott Shannon has been moved up to publisher of the Del Rey and Spectra imprints. [GalleyCat]
• Blogger Jonas Hinckley relates an anecdote from a retailer about a regular customer dramatically slashing his pull list. [Comix 411]