retail

Is showrooming the same as shoplifting?

By Joanna Cabot
May 31, 2015 // 10 Comments

I have always respected the work of my fellow bloggers at Good eReader, but a post I saw has me wondering what is in the water over there, right now. First, there was Mercy Pilkington’s failure [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Amazon was the grinch that stole Britain’s Christmas

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

New research data from Kantar Worldpanel will bring absolutely no comfort whatsoever to the UK’s legions of Amazon haters. For the statistics in its quarterly entertainment barometer show that [...]

Wal-Mart promises to catch up to Amazon in two years

By Chris Meadows
January 23, 2014 // 5 Comments

Wal-Mart is eyeing Amazon enviously, and trying to step up its game to compete. A Wal-Mart exec told the Wall Street Journal (paywalled; circumvent with Google News) that Wal-Mart was going to be [...]

Amazon begins collecting sales tax in Indiana, Nevada, and Tennessee

By Chris Meadows
January 1, 2014 // 1 Comment

Here’s some Amazon news that hits me literally right where I live. Today Amazon began charging sales tax on orders shipped to Indiana—where I currently live—as well as Nevada and Tennessee. I [...]

Morning Roundup: J.K. Rowling is screenwriting; debunking the "showrooming" threat; more

By libertyc
September 13, 2013 // 2 Comments

Unfulfilled Promise of e-books Offers Lessons for News Organizations (Poynter) My disappointing experience offers a lesson for news organizations that are considering selling e-books because its [...]

The Best Example Ever of a Book That Would Never Work in 'E' Form

By libertyc
August 30, 2013 // 0 Comments

I’m birthday shopping for a long weekend visit with a young friend, and I think I just found the most perfect example in the world of a book series that should not at all be threatened by the [...]

Trader Joe's vs. Pirate Joe's

By libertyc
August 28, 2013 // 4 Comments

Techdirt is one of many who have been covering the curious tale of Pirate Joe—aka Michael Hallatt, a Vancouver entrepreneur who has set up a store in which he sells, at a markup, products he [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Canada: The Great White Shopping Hope?

By libertyc
July 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

After years of neglect by major American retailers, Canada is finally seeing some love. The Star is reporting that Target is gearing up to open 20 more stores across Canada. And an email from [...]

Are Bookstore Experiences the Way of the Future?

By libertyc
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 [...]

The Cookbook Store: A Lesson in Book Retail Done Right

By libertyc
April 4, 2013 // 1 Comment

From today’s Toronto Star comes this feel-good story about The Cookbook Store, a Toronto landmark celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The story also has some good lessons for those who [...]

Thanks to mommy porn, e-book lending is on the rise

By Dan Eldridge
February 23, 2013 // 6 Comments

It’s certainly not news that the rising tide of books in the so-called “mommy porn” genre are driving sales of e-books like nothing else that has come before them. But a recent [...]

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