Traditional Sales

Legendary Bookseller Rizzoli Reopens Doors Monday
July 23, 2015

It's often that a venerable New York institution gets crushed under the thumb of Manhattan real estate development. But its far less frequent that they rise like a phoenix from the ashes of their last incarnation in grand style, in an even more desirable neighborhood, all while retaining the essentials elements of its original charm. Rizzoli Bookstore is about to do just that.

The 50-year-old New York bookseller specializes in art and illustrated titles, and shuttered its flagship location on 57th Street last April after its lease expired and building owners decided to tear down the building.

Books-A-Million Thrust Into Spotlight by 'Watchman' Sales
July 13, 2015

"Go Set a Watchman" is breaking records for booksellers across the nation.

That includes the country's second-largest book store, which shares a home state with the book's author.

Books-A-Million (NYSE: BAMM) isn't saying exactly how many copies it has on pre-sale "for strategic reasons," according to CEO Terrance Finley. But it's the most-preordered novel in the company's history. The book did not beat out Harry Potter, which Books-A-Million calls a "children's" book.

"From a business perspective, we took the position that we had to make this ours, because we're an Alabama company," Finley said.

Apple Loses E-book Appeal—Now What?
July 3, 2015 at 1:00 am

Last week, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, by a 2–1 margin, affirmed Judge Denise Cote’s 2013 finding that Apple orchestrated a 2010 conspiracy with five major publishers to fix e-book prices.

Bookstores Won’t Go the Way of Video Stores
June 23, 2015

How are bookstores and video stores similar?

I am probably asked that question more than anyone else in the known universe, because I work in a bookstore, and I also recently published a novel set in a struggling video store.

I have pat answers prepared. But it's the subtext of the question I find most interesting. What people are really asking is, Isn't it sad how bookstores are going the way of video stores, that is, off this mortal coil?

"Yes, it's very sad," I want to say. "Except it isn't true."

How This Tokyo Bookstore Made Me Fall Back In Love With Print
May 15, 2015

It's not just that Tsutaya feels more upscale than other bookstores. It's that it celebrates words and books, and the people who read and write them, in a thoughtful, seductive, and ultra-contemporary way.

Don't get me wrong: This is a business, not a cultural institution. It sells books from 7:00 am till 2:00 am every day of the week, closing only to clean and restock. And it's always packed. This first location has proved such a hit that another site has already opened in the Kanagawa area outside Tokyo

Will Indigo Change the Future of Bookselling?
May 12, 2015

US bookstores may soon face competition from their northern neighbor. Indigo Books & Music, Canada's biggest bookstore chain, was one of North America's only big-box chain bookstores that survived the threats posed by e-reading and Amazon. Now, Indigo says it wants to expand in the US.

That's according to Chief Executive Officer Heather Reisman, who spoke withBloomberg in an article published Tuesday. "I want the stock back up at 20 and beyond, that's my ambition: make this thrive and then take it outside the country," Ms. Reisman told Bloomberg.

Barnes & Noble Showing Signs of Recovery
April 29, 2015

Over the last two years, the company began demonstrating solid signs of recovery. Barnes & Noble paid off all of its outstanding debt, and as of January 31, 2015, the only obligations it has are operating leases and preferred convertible shares. The company also shifted away from its device-centered strategy to a content-centered strategy for the Nook by signing an agreement with Samsung (OTC:SSNLF) to sell co-branded tablets carrying the Nook logo.

Why Are Indie Bookstores on the Decline in the UK But Having a Revival in the US?
April 27, 2015

With the number of indie bookstores in the US growing every year, no one can argue that they are on the rise. B&N may be closing stores left, right, and center, but indies are doing great. That is why I found myself deeply confused when  I read this bit on The Bookseller yesterday:

Standing in this beautiful new Foyles store to launch ALLi's Authors For Bookstores campaign, for a moment we can fool ourselves that reports of the decline of bricks-and-mortar bookshops are greatly exaggerated.