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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 [...]

Updated: ‘Amazon Derangement Syndrome’ characterizes dispute between Amazon and Hachette

By Chris Meadows
May 24, 2014 // 12 Comments

So, there’s a thing. Over on The Passive Voice, and some other blogs with similar points of view, they refer to it as “Amazon Derangement Syndrome (ADS),” for the way a certain class of people seem to like to run around like chickens with their heads cut off whenever the evil Amazon does [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

G Asset Management seeks to buy majority share of B&N, or B&N’s Nook subsidiary

By Chris Meadows
February 21, 2014 // 2 Comments

So what are we to make of this? An investment firm, G Asset Management, wants to buy 51% of Barnes & Noble in a deal working out to $22 per share. (Its current share price is $18.) This isn’t the first offer it’s made for the business, either. It offered $20 per share in November. If it [...]

What will I do with my Nook Simple Touch now?

By Susan Lulgjuraj
February 19, 2014 // 1 Comment

I wonder if my Nook Simple Touch will become a collector’s item. Most likely, it will just be exactly what it is now – a gadget collecting dust with the battery killed off long ago. I haven’t used my NST in months, maybe even a year. So, it was not surprising when I read on The Digital Reader [...]

Barnes & Noble names Nook division CEO Michael Huseby to overall CEO slot

By Chris Meadows
January 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Barnes and Noble has just picked up a new overall CEO. Or at least a new-old one. Digital Book World and Publishers Weekly report that B&N has moved Michael Huseby, former CEO of the Nook division, into the top CEO spot left by William Lynch who vacated in July. Huseby said in a statement in [...]

Christmas Eve in a bookstore: How it used to be

By libertyc
December 24, 2013 // 2 Comments

Carrie Vaughn, author of the Kitty Norville werewolf novels, has posted to her blog an amusing tale of the Christmas Eves she used to work in a bookstore, right after college. She explains that she actually loved working Christmas Eve, in spite of the conventional wisdom about holiday-season [...]

Loss leading did not begin with Amazon

By libertyc
December 21, 2013 // 1 Comment

A bookseller slashes prices on bestsellers by as much as 40% over the publisher’s suggested retail price. It starts doing a brisk business, and as a result is able to stock more backlist titles that move more slowly. Competitors cry foul. Some go under. Publishers are driven out of business, or [...]

Barnes & Noble bookseller LiveJournal community offers candid, depressing look behind the scenes at B&N stores

By libertyc
December 19, 2013 // 9 Comments

Over on The Passive Voice, I found a link to a LJ community where Barnes & Noble employees anonymously discuss their work lives. I’ve been reading through a few comment threads, and wow is it depressing. You would sort of expect Barnes & Nobles to be decent places to work, wouldn’t you? [...]

Independent bookseller suit against Amazon tossed, while Barnes & Noble faces SEC investigation

By libertyc
December 10, 2013 // 1 Comment

Pro tip: if you’re going to file a lawsuit alleging "conspiracy," have more evidence in hand than just "they did something I don’t like." Andrew Albanese reports at Publishers Weekly that Federal Judge Jed Rakoff just tossed out a lawsuit filed by independent [...]

SEC probing Barnes & Noble accounting

By libertyc
December 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

Barnes & Noble has been hit with more bad news. On Friday, it was revealed the SEC was investigating B&N’s accounting, according to an Associated Press report in USA Today. According to the report, the SEC told the book company it was looking into two issues: the company’s restatement [...]

Blockbuster closes its last stores – is this the future for Barnes & Noble?

By libertyc
November 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

Big news all over the net today: Blockbuster Video (now a sub-brand of Dish Network) is closing its last 300 corporate-owned stores, and shutting down its DVD-rental-by-mail program. 50 franchised stores will remain open for the time being, but the writing is probably on the wall for them too. [...]

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