Many companies have been making an effort to green their businesses, finding ways to use fewer resources. One way has been to convert traditional paper-based processes to electronic ones.
There's really no faulting Barnes & Noble for choosing to pay its employees by direct deposit, rather than using paper payroll checks.
Except that it means, in one part of its business, Barnes & Noble has gone paperless.
"I find it ironic that a book retailer would go paperless," wrote a Barnes & Noble staffer on the Facebook page of journalist Lisa Napoli. Napoli, who can be heard on KCRW and is the author of "Radio Shangri-La," agreed.
Barnes & Noble, of course, is the last national brick-and-mortar bookseller standing. The growing popularity of e-books, economic pressures and the success of online retailer Amazon forced onetime rival Borders into bankruptcy in 2011.