brick-and-mortar bookstores

Indie bookstores off the critical list – who would know?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 19, 2015 // 2 Comments

An article in The Daily Beast, “Indie Bookstores Are Finally Not Dying,” draws attention to the by-now-just-a-wee-bit-well-known fact that indie bookstores as a whole are not doing so very badly in the post-disruption post-Amazon era, and as it happens are in some cases doing quite [...]

Whither Foyles?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 18, 2015 // 2 Comments

Foyles, the famous London independent bookstore, has announced trading results that show it dipping into a loss for the 2014 financial year – albeit on increased turnover. Which prompts the question of how such an independent is faring in today’s book trade, and what its direction [...]

Amazon to experiment with brick-and-mortar store in New York City

By Chris Meadows
October 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

Remember when Apple opened its first retail store and everyone thought they were crazy? It’s déjà vu all over again. The Wall Street Journal (article paywalled; google the headline to read) cites the ubiquitous “people familiar with” the matter to reveal that Amazon is opening its first [...]

Indie bookstores doing fine: Now stop demonizing Amazon?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 10, 2014 // 3 Comments

Salon, rarely the most Amazon-friendly of venues, has just run another story on the state of the indie bookstore sector in the U.S., and found surprisingly positive trends. And naturally, being Salon, it saw fit to headline the report with a hit at Amazon like: “The independent bookstore [...]

A First Look at Indigo Tech!

By Joanna Cabot
August 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

Indigo Tech is open for business! I snapped these pics today at my local store, and it’s about what I expected: a fancier Kobo kiosk, iPads and more! The various wall displays have headphones, speakers, health products such as the Fitbit, iPad creative accessories like a Crayola effects pad, [...]

What's Indigo up to? And what, exactly, is Indigotech?

By Joanna Cabot
August 16, 2013 // 2 Comments

Hot on the heels of Kobo’s price drop on the Arc, I was at my local Indigo (a major Canadian bookstore chain) this afternoon to find the bargain books section shrunken, the fitness books crammed in with them, and in what used to be the large-ish lifestyle section where those books were [...]

The Battle for Bookstores: Who's their ideal customer now?

By Joanna Cabot
August 16, 2013 // 3 Comments

I’d bookmarked several articles this week waxing philosophical about the fate of the bookstore, and it seems I am not the only one who noticed this trend: Laura Hazard Owen did a nice round-up for GigaOM summarizing the contributions from some main players. Joseph Esposito, Mike Shatzkin and [...]

Members-Only Bookstores: What Would Make You Pay?

By Joanna Cabot
August 1, 2013 // 2 Comments

Book Riot has a great little article up exploring the concept of a members-only bookstore. As the article explains, this idea has been floated around (most recently by Bloomberg News, whom they cite) as a way to ‘save’ the bricks-and-mortar bookstore against showrooming, the practice [...]

Do You Pre-Order Your E-Books?

By Joanna Cabot
July 29, 2013 // 12 Comments

Over the weekend came the news that Smashwords is rolling out the ability to pre-order its titles in the major bookstores. Yay? Or meh? Before we get too excited, Michael Kozlowski asks the necessary follow-up question: Do people actually use this shopping method? Do you out there in Internetland [...]

Fancy children's books: Who are they for?

By Joanna Cabot
July 3, 2013 // 2 Comments

As a book-devouring adult reader, e-books have changed my life. But one of the areas in which I still prefer paper is children’s picture books. Once they hit chapter-book reading level, I’d happily turn a kid loose on an e-book reader, but when they still need pictures, and when the [...]

Are Bookstore Experiences the Way of the Future?

By Joanna Cabot
July 2, 2013 // 1 Comment

I’ve seen a flurry of articles lately documenting the increasingly shrinking quantity of shelf space in bookstores being devoted to actual books. My local Indigo has an entire level that stocks almost no books at all—it’s got magazines, the Kobo kiosk, the cash desk area and a large [...]

Anti-Amazon links bashing in The Bookseller brings new bout of bathos

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 25, 2013 // 7 Comments

A new bout of Amazon-bashing in the UK’s The Bookseller has been given webtime following a Bookseller blog piece by independent bookseller Keith Smith, the owner of Warwick & Kenilworth Books, entitled “Action not words,” and taking certain named authors to task for linking directly to [...]

Meet WebBytez, a new method of e-book discovery

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
March 9, 2013 // 2 Comments

E-book discovery by readers has been much in the news lately, and it’s definitely an issue for authors, especially those who are self-published. While readers continue to find their next great book in online stores, some still browse brick and mortar bookstores. Wouldn’t it be nice if [...]

Another One Bites the Dust: Landmark Toronto bookstore to close April 1

By Joanna Cabot
February 17, 2013 // 2 Comments

Bittersweet news came out this weekend that Nicholas Hoare, a landmark Toronto bookstore, is set to close April 1, 2013. The store is known for its eclectic stock and elegant interior, and has been in operation in three different cities, at various junctures, since 1971. The shocker? This article [...]

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