Traditional Sales

Why Shop at a Brick-and-Mortar Bookstore?
August 22, 2016 at 9:15 am

Do you still shop at your local bookstore? I typically go once, maybe twice a year, and the last time for me was December 2015. I made a rare summer visit to my local Barnes & Noble this weekend in search of books for my almost six-month-old grandson, Jasper. No matter how good Amazon makes…

Augmented Reality Can Unlock the Magic Hidden in Bookstores
August 17, 2016 at 12:25 pm

Augmented Reality is by no means the newest (technology) kid on the block. Though it seems that we’re only now tapping into its true potential – to enable us to connect in a more immersive way with the world, brands, and with each other. New Augmented Reality (AR) businesses are popping up everyday. Blippar for…

Authors Need Publishers Less than Ever
August 1, 2016 at 4:19 pm

Let me preface this by saying I run a literary fiction micro-publisher operating much in the mold of how full-service traditional publishing has for years, although because my overheads are so low, I pay my authors 50% of print and 70% of ebook royalties, something I realize large publishers cannot do. As self-publishing continues evolving,…

May Bookstore Sales Rose 3.1%
July 15, 2016 at 1:26 pm

Bookstore sales cooled slightly in May, but spending still rose for the fifth straight month this year. According to estimates released Friday morning by the U.S. Census Bureau, bookstore sales increased 3.1% in May over May 2015, rising to $826 million. The gain in bookstore sales outpaced the sales increase posted by the entire retail…

In An Interesting Twist, B&N to Sell Self-Published Books In Stores
July 8, 2016 at 2:30 pm

The big news about Barnes & Noble is that after twenty years of battling with Amazon they have finally made a competitive move that Amazon cannot match. Barnes & Noble, with 640 bookstores in 50 states, is giving self-published authors a chance to get access to their hallowed bookshelves. Meanwhile, Amazon runs one bookstore in Seattle (albeit with 3 more slated). Barnes & Noble…

Algorithms vs. Humans: What's the Better Path to Book Discovery?
June 28, 2016 at 12:52 pm

An algorithm recently bought me a Father’s Day present I didn’t need or ask for, using my own money. You see, my wife was buying sheets from Amazon when they presented her with the book The Arm by Jeff Passan (HarperCollins) as a Father’s Day suggestion. $27.95 later my charge card was hit with the…

If You Were Amazon, Would You Open Stores in Dying American Malls?
June 16, 2016 at 1:38 pm

The news from American malls just keeps getting worse, with long-time anchor stores Macy’s, JCPenney, and Sears reporting ongoing closings and bad results. Yet, we heard a leak earlier this year from General Growth Properties, one of the largest mall operators, that Amazon might be opening 400 mall stores. They quickly retracted this leak, but…