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Christmas Eve in a bookstore: How it used to be
December 24, 2013 | 12:58 pm

100326VaughnCarrie 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 retail, because last-minute bookstore shoppers were generally very easy to please, and in miraculously helping them find exactly what she needed, she got to “[feel] like Wonder Woman.” Because bookstores are, for the most part, staffed by intelligent, well-read people who want nothing more than to foist vast...

Morning Roundup: Are You a Gadget Hoarder, How Can B&N Compete in 2014 and Beyond
December 23, 2013 | 9:00 am

gadget hoarderAre You a Gadget Hoarder? (CBS Miami) Most people like getting their hands on the latest and newest technology, but for some, letting go of the old is hard to do. *** How Can Barnes & Noble Compete in 2014 and Beyond? (Dear Author) As we look toward 2014, the major question to be answered is the future of Barnes & Noble. If you think that the publishing world would be just fine without Barnes & Noble, you’d be wrong. *** Ten Bold Predictions for Ebooks and Digital Publishing in 2014 (DBW) It’s been another exciting year for the publishing industry – perhaps the most dynamic in...

Loss leading did not begin with Amazon
December 21, 2013 | 11:00 am

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 need to consolidate with other publishers to survive. Am I talking about Amazon, whose $9.99 e-books drove publishers into a conspiracy, or the recent consolidation of Random House and Penguin? Actually, no—I’m talking about Barnes & Noble in 1974. Futurebook is carrying an essay by Tim Coutis, from...

Barnes & Noble bookseller LiveJournal community offers candid, depressing look behind the scenes at B&N stores
December 19, 2013 | 7:31 pm

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? All the books, the surrounding of pure distillate of culture on every shelf. It’s not an “everything store” for cheap and shoddy goods like Wal-Mart, after all. Surely they pay their employees a decent wage and treat them decently, right? Right? …wrong. The comments...

Independent bookseller suit against Amazon tossed, while Barnes & Noble faces SEC investigation
December 10, 2013 | 11:44 am

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 booksellers alleging a conspiracy between the Big Six publishers and Amazon to restrain trade and lock rivals out of the Kindle platform. (Gosh, those publishers sure are busy, to be involved in one conspiracy with Apple against Amazon, and then another conspiracy with Amazon against everybody else at the same time! How did they ever keep everything...

SEC probing Barnes & Noble accounting
December 7, 2013 | 12:08 pm

Barnes & NobleBarnes & 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 of earnings announced in July and an allegation from an employee who said that B&N improperly allocated some information-technology expenses between its Nook and retail segments. B&N said in a July filing that it had restated results from the fiscal years ending in April 2011 and 2012 due to material errors in the financial...

Morning Roundup: New Nook Glowlight Released, Tough Report for Librarians and more
October 30, 2013 | 9:05 am

nook glowlightBarnes & Noble Releases Updated eReader, Nook Glowlight (GigaOM) Barnes & Noble released its new e-reader, the $119 Nook GlowLight, Wednesday. It’s in stores and for sale on BN.com now. The biggest difference between it and the Kindle Paperwhite is that the GlowLight has 4 GB of storage instead of 2 GB. *** Public Libraries Make Digital Magazines Accessible to All (Media Shift) Magazine publishers are experimenting with all sorts of different ways to get you to pay for their digital products, including single issues, subscriptions, “buffets” (like Next Issue) and package deals (like Zinio’s Z-Pass). But if you have a library card, you...

Factory-Refurbished 8-Inch Nook HD Android Tablet now $70 on eBay
October 25, 2013 | 12:32 pm

GEDC1556 Remember that 8” Nook HD refurb I got a couple of months ago? An eBay seller has a “limited quantity” of factory-refurbished units available at the amazing price of $70 each. (Just over 1,900 had been sold by the time I wrote this.) You can add a two-year SquareTrade warranty for another $17. (Update: The price went up to $80 after 2,000 units were sold. Still a great bargain, though.) As I’ve written elsewhere, this is a great little Android tablet. Maybe not so much if you stick with the stock B&N operating system, which will give you Google Play but...

The Kernel continues to milk Amazon hysteria: This time it’s Holocaust denial
October 15, 2013 | 10:55 am

Clearly knowing when it's on to a good thing, recently relaunched rabble-rousing website The Kernel is back to bring the hurt to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the wider ebook community a second time, after their surprise hit on extreme porn. And yes, dear readers, this time it's Holocaust denial. "A Kernel investigation has revealed that Amazon is selling books that defend Holocaust denial, even in countries where Holocaust denial is against the law," thunders the article from The Kernel Managing Editor Edna Crowley (actually a man). "Both Amazon and Barnes & Noble stock Holocaust denial literature." The Kernel indulges in a...

Barnes & Noble puts e-readers, Nook HD tablet on sale
September 24, 2013 | 9:15 am

new-barnes-and-noble-nook-HDSpeaking of Barnes & Noble sales, Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader points out that B&N is running a more general sale on its Nook hardware, this week only. The Nook Simple Touch is $20 off, as I already mentioned, but so is the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, now $80 instead of $100. And the Nook HD has been knocked down to $110 or $130 for its 8GB and 16GB versions, respectively. The Nook HD in particular is worth a look. I’m enjoying my $90 refurbished unit immensely since I rooted it with CyanogenMod. (I’ll write about my...

Morning Roundup: J.K. Rowling is screenwriting; debunking the “showrooming” threat; more
September 13, 2013 | 8:48 am

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 shows how legacy media is still thinking like … legacy media. *** B&N Seeks Kid's Nominations for 'My Favourite Teacher' Contest (GalleyCat) Middle school and high school students can nominate their teacher the My Favorite Teacher Contest at Barnes & Noble. *** Showrooming Doesn't Mean the End of Brick and Mortar Retail (GigaOM) A new study aims to bust a few assumptions surrounding the threat of “showrooming” and the challenges faced by traditional retailers in responding to mobile shoppers. *** JK Rowling to Write...

B&N shareholder: “No one is happy with Nook”
September 11, 2013 | 1:24 pm

Barnes & Noble had it annual shareholders meeting on Tuesday in New York City. It went as well as you would expect – in other words, not well at all. B&N chair and founder Len Riggio publically addressed shareholders for the first time since deciding not to purchase half of the company, according to Publishers Weekly. The meeting got a bit heated at one point. From Publishers Weekly: Riggio was genial, confident and expansive with individual shareholders though perhaps a bit testy with the institutional shareholders who pressured him repeatedly over the future of the Nook Media division. The Nook division has been struggling....