Traditional Sales

After Eight Year Slump, 2015 Bookstore Sales Rise
February 15, 2016 at 2:24 pm

Bookstores sales rose 2.5% in 2015, marking the first time since 2007 that sales in the sector were up. According to preliminary figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau, total bookstore sales in 2015 hit $11.17 billion, up from $10.89 billion in 2014. The numbers come after continued signs about the category strengthening. Sales from…

The Big Book Metadata Overhaul
February 12, 2016

The Book Industry Study Group is looking to find a way to better drive book discoverability using metadata.

On Amazon Stores And Publishers Accepting Standardization; Two Unrelated Commentaries
February 11, 2016 at 12:08 pm

When the “Amazon-opening-400-stores” rumor landed a week ago, many people were gobsmacked. It took me a minute to get past that, which also required getting past my firm conviction when they opened the Seattle store last year that it was an information-gathering exercise, not the opening move of a bigger retail play. But, when you…

Press Release: Barnes & Noble Now Carries Put Me in the Story Personalized Books in Select Stores
February 9, 2016 at 10:59 am

NEW YORK—February 2, 2016—Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, is exclusively partnering with Put Me In The Story® to introduce the leading personalized books platform into many of their brick and mortar stores and online at The initial…

UPDATE: Amazon Brick-and-Mortar Bookstore Expansion Confirmed
February 5, 2016 at 4:05 pm

UPDATE 5/18/2015: CEO Jeff Bezos has finally confirmed that Amazon is expanding its bookstore division Amazon Books, reported The Seattle Times. He shared this news at a shareholder meeting on May 17th. While not providing exact details, Bezos said, "We’re definitely going to open additional stores. How many? We don’t know yet. In these early…

What Dallas-Based Half Price Books Has to Say About Amazon Opening Bookstores
February 3, 2016 at 1:26 pm

What does Half Price Books, No. 3 U.S. bookstore chain, think about opening bookstores? Amazon is probably finding out with the one store it opened in Seattle last year that “it’s not as easy and running a warehouse,” said Half Price Books executive vice president Kathy Doyle Thomas. But more importantly, she said, Half…

Amazon Is Said to Be Planning an Expansion Into Retail Bookstores
February 3, 2016 at 1:15 pm

SEATTLE — Amazon signs may be headed to more physical storefronts. The Internet retailer plans to open more brick-and-mortar bookstores following the unveiling last year of one such location here in its hometown, according to a person briefed on the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss confidential plans. But the company’s…

At Authors United Event, a Call to Bust Amazon 'Monopoly'
January 28, 2016

If Amazon’s business practices continue unchecked the result could be a “nuclear winter” for book publishing, said Smashwords founder Mark Coker during a Jan. 27 event called Amazon’s Book Monopoly—A Threat to Freedom of Expression?

Amazon Books Is Snatching the ‘Low-Hanging Fruit’ Bookstore Owners Need
January 26, 2016 at 2:23 pm

The real reason that independent bookstore owners and fans are throwing so much shadow at the Amazon Bookstore in Seattle becomes clear, thanks to this article from the Guardian: they’re scared. The Guardian piece interviews owners and staff at bookshops both near and a few miles away from the Amazon bookstore, and said interviewees are…

Amazon’s Other Physical Retail Test: A Mini Bookstore for Kindle Ebooks
January 26, 2016 at 2:14 pm

It only takes up a couple square feet, a small fraction of the size of Amazon’s first real bookstore in Seattle, but the company has been quietly making another foray into physical retail — offering individual ebook gift cards for sale under a pilot program at Bartell Drugs in Washington state. The pilot was launched…