Traditional Sales

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…

Instant Analysis: Barnes & Noble Releases Holiday Sales Figures
January 8, 2016 at 12:48 pm

Barnes & Noble (NYSE:BKS) has posted its results from the holiday period, which it defines as the nine-week stretch ending this past Jan. 2. For the period, total retail sales amounted to $1.1 billion, 0.8% lower on a year-over-year basis.

What Does 2016 Hold for Digital Publishing?
January 1, 2016

What is going on with e-books? As 2016 dawns, what’s driving a decline in trade e-book sales is one of the big questions hanging over the publishing industry.

Post-Christmas Boom in Ebooks Expected to Fade
December 28, 2015 at 12:08 pm

When it comes to the business of books – a staple of under-the-tree gifting – there are actually two Christmas stories. The first – for physical books – ramps up throughout December and ends by Dec. 25. In Canada, a typical week sees about 700,000 books sold. But, in the weeks before Christmas, that number…

Do Book Publishers Have a Post-Barnes & Noble Plan?
December 22, 2015 at 11:22 am

Apologies to any middle children reading this. Honestly, I think you’ll be just fine. Well, sort of. But woe to the business that finds itself sandwiched in the middle! It doesn’t matter what you make or what you sell, middle market players are always in a truly bad position. I think this is even truer…

Big-Box Bookstores Don’t Have to Die
December 17, 2015 at 10:56 am

You could say I have a sentimental attachment to the chain bookstore. Growing up in an intellectually impoverished American suburb, I spent much of my free time in now-defunct locations of Borders and Barnes & Noble. I read garbage, mostly: popular history magazines, Star Trek novelizations, art tomes whose pages I scoured only for frank…

How Books are Booming in the Middle East
December 10, 2015 at 2:26 pm

With Islamic State militants taking greater control of strategic towns in Syria and Iraq, the publishing heartland of the Middle East is being thrown into disarray. These traditionally more literature-oriented countries have long suffered from a lack of coherent cross-border book distribution but that problem is now compounded by Isis disrupting the major arteries. But…