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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...

What would become of an independent Nook?
March 6, 2013 | 9:35 pm

Nook*This article originally appeared on the website of Book Business, a TeleRead sister publication. While predicting doom for Nook, as Book Business columnist Michael Weinstein put it, has become the favored pastime of the book and tech press of late, it’s hard not to read the news of B&N Chairman Leonard S. Riggio’s bid to purchase the chain’s retail stores and take them private—leaving the company’s foundering Nook Media division to fend for itself—as the beginning of the end for the little e-reader that could. (Or maybe it’s the end of the end for the little e-reader that couldn’t quite.) It’s not without a little sadness...

It Ain’ Necessarily So: Predicting the end of print, and e-ink, and B&N, has become the new national pastime.
January 21, 2013 | 10:00 am

By Michael Weinstein The returns are in on sales for Amazon and Barnes & Noble from the holiday sales period. Remember that "surge" I mentioned in my last blog post? Like the song says, “It ain’t necessarily so.” On the one hand, Amazon had its biggest holiday season ever, with the Kindle Fire being it’s number one product—specifically the "#1 best-selling, most gifted and most wished for product." Meanwhile, Barnes & Noble sales were down almost across the board—in stores, on-line and sales of Nook. Revenues were down 12.6 percent from the previous year. The good news is that sales of digital content were up...

Before the Next E-Book Surge
December 19, 2012 | 12:27 pm

  By Michael Weinstein | for Book Business As we all know, the new norm is that in the next week there will be recorded a big surge in purchases in e-book reading hardware (including tablets, which are not just for reading). This will be followed, of course, by a surge in purchases of e-books. But what about between the surges? What’s the new level of purchase? The assumption is certainly that each surge builds on itself to increase the overall level of e-book use and purchase ... is this true? Before this surge hits, I thought it would be interesting to take a look...