I prefer the Borders to the Barnes & Noble at Downtown Crossing - it's bigger, the selection is better, and they have kiosks where you can look up things yourself without wating at a customer service desk (an important feature in a crowded store). Their magazine selection is terrific and so is the massive cookbook section. There's a little cafe with some good teas and mediocre coffee drinks and pastries. The lines here are huge at lunchtime and right after work, and are not to be believed almost anytime during the Christmas season. Strategize accordingly if you are in a rush. The line moves pretty fast but if you're just here for a magazine you might want to go elsewhere.