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 shopping on Thanksgiving evening. This has horrified a certain percentage of people who see it as [...]

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 [...]

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

By Paul St John Mackintosh
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 Amazon has brought to writers and readers (through totally selfish motives, mind) – and in an area [...]

Why Indigo's Boutique Model is Succeeding

By Joanna Cabot
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 news in my RSS feed from my friends at Good e-Reader, confirming that Indigo has signed a deal with [...]

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 [...]

Lessons Learned During a Cross-Border Shopping Trip

By Joanna Cabot
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 better for clarifying the issues facing bricks-and-mortar retail right now than a little cross-border [...]

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

By Chris Meadows
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 interesting tidbits here. One bemusing fact that seems counterintuitive ins this new digital age is that, [...]

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 [...]

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 point in the near-to-distant future. And I use the term “appears,” by the way, because [...]

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

By Susan Lulgjuraj
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 Line with Evan Davis. “In America, certain shoe shops are charging to try on shoes. These people [...]

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 BAM’s CEO telling newspapers that his company couldn’t reach a satisfactory deal with Borders in [...]

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 will keep its current online partnership with as well. There doesn’t seem to be a [...]

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 offer is for 21 Borders superstores and 9 smaller stores, and around half of the locations are in 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: “So far, 40 have been created, and by the time the publisher is finished, some 200 stores will [...]

1 2
wordpress analytics