brick and mortar

Why is Black Friday now Black Thursday Night? Blame Amazon

By Chris Meadows
November 18, 2014 // 3 Comments

Tis the season. As we gear up for the Christmas shopping rush to begin, we face a dilemma that’s become a lot more prominent in recent years: many retailers are going to open for early Black Friday [...]

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 [...]

Another anti-Amazon champion: This time it's Best Buy

By libertyc
December 16, 2013 // 5 Comments

Don’t worry: This is not going to turn into another pro-Amazon rant. Rather, it’s to highlight a company that has bested Amazon in one discipline that accounts for all the good that [...]

Why Indigo's Boutique Model is Succeeding

By libertyc
August 19, 2013 // 4 Comments

I wrote earlier about a mysterious walled-off section that just went up at my local Indigo, announcing the impending arrival of something called “Indigo Tech.” This morning, there was [...]

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

By libertyc
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 [...]

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

By libertyc
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 [...]

Lessons Learned During a Cross-Border Shopping Trip

By libertyc
August 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

I’ve just gotten back from a little birthday getaway—we had a long weekend here and the Beloved took an extra day off to whisk me away for the big 3-6. And I realized that there is nothing [...]

Barnes & Noble e-division sinks but bricks and mortar in better shape

By libertyc
June 26, 2013 // 9 Comments

Following up on yesterday’s news about Barnes & Noble getting out of the tablet business, Yahoo Finance had a story looking at what this might mean for the business. There were a few [...]

Meet WebBytez, a new method of e-book discovery

By libertyc
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 [...]

Meet Waterstones Academy, a college for booksellers

By Dan Eldridge
February 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Bookseller recently published what appears to be a very interesting article about a sort of bookseller’s university that Waterstones—the UK-based bookstore chain—plans to open at some [...]

Pay to play: Would you pay to browse for books?

By libertyc
February 12, 2013 // 13 Comments

Would you pay to browse a bookstore’s shelves? Victoria Barnsley, CEO of HarperCollins UK & International, discussed that concept during a recent interview on BBC’s The Bottom [...]

Books-A-Million ends Borders deal, but may still lease some store locations

By Chris Walters
July 26, 2011 // 2 Comments

When Borders announced liquidation last week, there was a brief glimmer of hope that thirty of the stores might still be saved under a deal with Books-A-Million. That hope is now gone, with [...]

Kobo picks Collins Booksellers as new brick and mortar partner in Australia

By Chris Walters
July 25, 2011 // 0 Comments

Starting in September, Collins customers in Australia will be able to purchase Kobo devices in store, as well as shop for Kobo ebooks from Collins’ website. According to CNET Australia, Kobo [...]

Books-A-Million may take over 30 Borders stores

By Chris Walters
July 22, 2011 // 0 Comments

Alabama-based Books-A-Million has put in a bid to buy at least 30 Borders stores, reports the International Business Times, although it’s possible that number could jump as high as 35. The [...]

Penguin helping indie bookstores promote Google eBookstore

By Chris Walters
July 20, 2011 // 1 Comment

Shelf Awareness notes that Penguin Group (USA) has been printing up in-store displays to remind shoppers that the store sells ebooks as well, then distributing them to independent bookstores: [...]

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