Barnes & Noble

Neil Gaiman ‘pissed at Amazon’ but not so sure about Hachette either

By Chris Meadows
June 16, 2014 // 4 Comments

Well, here’s another Salon Amazon hit piece, at least sort of. Salon chose to headline it, “Neil Gaiman: ‘I’m obviously pissed at Amazon’” but if you read the actual article, you find the quote was taken out of context. Gaiman feels that the anti-trust prosecution against the five major [...]

Opening Nook books in Adobe Digital Editions

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 9, 2014 // 4 Comments

Late last month, I was having trouble with my Nook pre-order of Skin Game (the new Dresden Files book), and I discovered, mostly by accident, that you could open Nook Books in Adobe Digital Editions. My pre-order downloaded fine to my Nook, but it was corrupted on Nook for PC. I went to the [...]

Publishers, Amazon, and competition: Three points of view

By Chris Meadows
June 1, 2014 // 4 Comments

There’s a theme in the triad of Amazon/Hachette articles I found this morning, and the theme is…competition. First of all, here’s a rare op ed in favor of Amazon that originally appeared in CNN’s “Fortune” section. (Though it seems to have vanished from there; the link no longer works [...]

Can publishers win if they dare?

By Chris Meadows
May 31, 2014 // 7 Comments

Dare – dare to believe you can survive You hold the future in your hand Dare – dare to keep all of your dreams alive It’s time to take a stand And you can win, if you dare —Stan Bush, “Dare” That seems to be the chorus that publisher advocates are singing these days: as [...]

Is Barnes & Noble stock underpriced?

By Chris Meadows
May 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

Barron’s has an article by Andrew Bary (paywalled; bypass with Google News) suggesting that Barnes & Noble stock is currently badly underpriced. Trading around $18 right now, Bary argues, B&N could be worth $36 based on the value of the company’s assets alone, especially if B&N [...]

Konrath vs. Stross on the Amazon/Hachette affair

By Chris Meadows
May 27, 2014 // 6 Comments

So, more people have chimed in on the Amazon/Hachette thing. Most notably, Charlie Stross has blogged about it. Given that he’s published by Orbit, a subsidiary of Hachette, it’s understandable that his point of view is rather similar to Lilith Saintcrow’s: Amazon is a “malignant [...]

Sneaking books into bookstores is not a good idea

By Chris Meadows
May 25, 2014 // 4 Comments

Here’s another one from the “probably not a good idea” department. Self-published writer Brendan Leonard had a bright idea: he might see if he could get his book more exposure by planting it in a Barnes & Noble store. All that was necessary for it to ring up was to have an ISBN bar code [...]

Amazon vs. Hachette: Theories and opinions

By Chris Meadows
May 14, 2014 // 5 Comments

So, Amazon vs. Hachette. There’s a thing. One multibillion dollar company versus another in a contract negotiation, Amazon delaying availability of Hachette books, authors getting caught in the middle, and we’re supposed to root for the publisher because Amazon is, of course, evil. Right. [...]

Jeremy Greenfield advocates Nook book sales for B&N salvation

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 29, 2014 // 2 Comments

Digital Book World‘s Jeremy Greenfield has just penned a very interesting and thought-provoking article over on Forbes. As the answer to the great “what is going to happen to Nook?” question, he advocates that Barnes & Noble should build out the Nook Press self-publishing [...]

What if Amazon bought Barnes & Noble?

By Chris Meadows
March 14, 2014 // 4 Comments

There’s a peculiar phenomenon by which year-old articles sometimes show up again in news aggregators and social network feeds that for some reason see the month and day part of the date and miss the year. (It’s gotten me in trouble before.) But today it brings up an interesting blog post I [...]

Barnes & Noble to launch another Nook tablet?

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
February 26, 2014 // 1 Comment

And just when we thought Barnes & Noble was safely on its way to the grave. Third quarter earnings were released today. (Thanks to Baekdal for tweeting the Gigaom article.) According to the press release: Third quarter consolidated revenues decreased 10.3%, to $2.0 billion, as compared to the [...]

Author Earnings III: The Barnes & Noble report

By Chris Meadows
February 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

Hugh Howey and his stats guy have again crawled, this time looking at one day’s worth of Barnes & Noble sales data for the top 5,000 genre fiction Nook e-books.  They found a picture similar to their Amazon look, though a bit less skewed in favor of self-publishing. (Perhaps this is [...]

G Asset Management B&N offer may be busted for lowballing

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 25, 2014 // 1 Comment

As readers of Chris Meadows’s report in TeleRead will already know, investment group G Asset Management has offered to buy out Barnes & Noble for around $1.3 billion. Now an announcement indicates that a shareholder litigation suit has been launched against the directors of B&N by [...]

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