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Why Indigo’s Boutique Model is Succeeding
August 19, 2013 | 4:21 pm

IndigoI 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 Apple to carry tablets, Apple TV boxes and other products. Their write-up also had this intriguing quote: "Indigo said during a recent investors call that it will revamp many of its large format stores to fall in line with the growing popularity of the store-within-a-store concept at many other retailers. The new physical format store will...

Summer heat turned up on Amazon in UK media
July 3, 2013 | 3:22 pm

Amazon The UK activism and media heat on Amazon seems to be reaching a fever pitch as temperatures rise, with British newspapers trumpeting the results of a Booksellers Association survey concurrent with the start of Independent Booksellers Week, which purports to show that some 60 percent fewer British consumers will be likely to buy books online following the furor around Amazon UK's tax accounting practices. According to the Daily Telegraph, BA president Patrick Neale, himself an independent bookseller, apparently believes that just a little more persuasion will drive Britain's book buyers to boycott Amazon. And evidently bitten by the same mad dog, The...

Are Bookstore Experiences the Way of the Future?
July 2, 2013 | 4:03 pm

bookstoreI'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 selection of high-end housewares with a few shelves of themed books thrown in (decorating, cookbooks and garden books mostly, placed strategically with related non-book merchandise). All the actual books for reading are on the second level. Not the bookstore of my youth by any means! But is there a way to do a store like...

The French get exceptionally stupid
June 5, 2013 | 1:00 pm

the FrenchThe French state has launched its latest battle against change and reality with an attack on Amazon, with Aurélie Filippetti, the Minister for Culture and Communication in the embattled government of President Francois Hollande, castigating the U.S. giant for “dumping” in France. And tellingly, she had to use the Anglicism for the practice, despite endless initiatives from her own department and elsewhere to stamp out Franglais in France. Labeling Amazon the “destroyer” of bookshops, Filippetti claimed that the company abuses its position to artificially lower book prices to create a situation of quasi-monopoly, only to raise them again once competition is extinguished. The positive...

Reports of the Bookstore’s Death Are Greatly Exaggerated
May 13, 2013 | 8:50 pm

Reports of the bookstore's death are greatly exaggeratedBy Michael Weinstein There’s been a great deal of conjecture lately about the future of the bookstore: What will happen to the B&N stores (especially if they do plan to reduce the number of stores)? What about independent bookstores? Will Amazon crush bricks-and-mortar stores out of existence? Oh, lordy, will there even be such a thing as a bookstore!?!? Not surprisingly, this all made me think of a song. Under time pressure to have a song for the first Earth Day concert in 1970, the great Tom Paxton created the gold standard for songs about ecology when he wrote “Whose Garden Was...

Meet Waterstones Academy, a college for booksellers
February 25, 2013 | 12:30 pm

Waterstones AcademyThe 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 the article in question in available only to subscribers of the website's premium content, of which I am not one. Bummer. The article's abstract, at any rate, claims that Waterstones Academy, as the school will be known, will be an "industry first" in the UK. Students of the nine month-long program, which will be operated in partnership with the...

Pay to play: Would you pay to browse for books?
February 12, 2013 | 2:00 pm

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 just go in, try them on and go and order them online,” Barnsley said. “I think the idea of a bookshop becoming a book club is not that insane, actually. You actually pay for the privilege of browsing.” Pay to browse. In a bookshop. [caption id="attachment_78843" align="alignright" width="161"] Victoria Barnsley, HarperCollins UK and Int'l CEO[/caption] The idea seemed crazy coming out of...

A girl walks into a bookstore and asks for help…
July 27, 2012 | 10:36 pm

tgwtdtFound this amusing little anecdote over on Not Always Right, the site where people post their stories of hilarious encounters with rude or obnoxious customers, and chuckled for quite a while afterward. It begins innocently enough: (A customer walks into the bookstore and begins looking around.) Me: “Hello! Is there anything I can help you find today?” Customer: “Yes, there is this book that I heard about on the radio that I want to read.  I can’t remember the title, though.” Me: “Alright, do you know...

Nook news: Sale, market cap, and NFC chips
May 2, 2012 | 2:19 am

In honor of Mother’s Day, Barnes & Noble has chopped $20 off the price of its (non-glowlit) Nook Simple Touch, which can now be had for $79, and the Nook Color, which is now $149. The sale lasts until May 12th. This deal makes the Nook cost the same as Amazon’s ad-supported Kindle, but without the ads—currently the lowest price for a non-refurbished e-ink reader. Meanwhile, if you’d ever wondered just how big this e-book thing was really getting. GigaOm reports that, with Microsoft’s recent investment in Barnes & Noble’s Nook subsidiary, the subsidiary is currently valued at $1.7...

Bookstore, or Retail Ecosystem? by Ted Striphas
March 14, 2012 | 8:52 am

Late age pbk I’m on the road right now, so unfortunately I don’t have time to compose a blog post of the usual length. But since I promised last week that there’d be new content here, now, I figured it would be worth sharing a few thoughts about something that’s been on my mind lately. I’m talking about Barnes & Noble, the beleaguered bookstore chain that was, until recently, practically synonymous with bookselling in the United States. Specifically, I’ve been thinking a lot about the books you see immediately upon entering any Barnes & Noble bookstore — the ones featured in the displays right...

The 20 most beautiful bookstores in the world
March 9, 2012 | 9:43 am

Barts This is quite a collection, as compiled by Flavorwire.  Check it out: With Amazon slowly taking over the publishing world and bookstores closing left and right, things can sometimes seem a little grim for the brick and mortar booksellers of the world. After all, why would anyone leave the comfort of their couch to buy a book when with just a click of a button, they could have it delivered to their door? Well, here’s why: bookstores so beautiful they’re worth getting out of the house (or the country) to visit whether you need a...

Maine bookstore chain Mr. Paperback closing its doors
February 27, 2012 | 3:12 am

BangorAnother bookstore chain is biting the dust—this one a small regional chain with ten locations in Maine. Mr. Paperback has been around for over 50 years, but is closing its doors by the end of April. The store’s sister company, a magazine and newspaper distributor called Magazines Inc., is being bought out. Mr. Paperback’s 80 employees and Magazines Inc.’s 40 employees will be laid off. [Co-owner Penny] Robichaud said changes in the book industry and finances were the reasons for closing. “It’s due to gas prices and a changing industry — Amazon, the...