What with a disappointing report on earnings (they´re falling) and the disclosure that founder Len Riggio is ceasing his effort to take over the company´s brick-and-mortar stores, things are not looking good for Barnes & Noble. And yes, Chief Executive William Lynch did resign in July, taking a severance of $3.65 million in cash and $5 million in stock. What´s going on? Oh, it´s the poor Nook again. Monday´s earnings report shows that for its first fiscal quarter, Barnes & Noble´s Nook experienced "a huge loss," according to USA Today. Revenue was down more than 20%, with sales of the
Comments: Going the way of Borders and Walden Books?
The only large bookstores around here(Western Chicago Suburbs) that seem to be succeeding are large "Used Book" stores. The books are in fairly good condition. You can buy used videos (which the store owners have already checked), and the price is about half the price of a brand new book.
B & N has a beautiful large store here in The Villages. Lots of very famous people come for book signings. But I rarely go in. All the displayed books are of a liberal bent and any I would buy are on shelves in back sections. It is too bad that these retailers, etc haven´t learned yet that the larger population is moderate to conservative. I get my books from the library and Kindle.
Agree with 3 and 4. Plus, even though I am no fan of Amazon, their Kindle kicks the Nook´s butt all around the block. The kindle is lighter, more user friendly menus, and CHEAPER. B&N missed the boat with the Nook, this along with the above mentioned open hostility towards conservatives seems to be sending B&N the way of other large book sellers.
The only thing I shop for at BN is magazines and only because they carry European knitting and crochet magazines that I can´t get elsewhere, and there´s a Starbucks for a Chai Latte and a snack! Plus an occasional book signing ... but it´s been a few years since I did go to one. They are usually a mob scene.
I prefer to buy my CDs, DVDs and books from Amazon and have a Kindle for my downloads.
I have a favorite online out-of-print vendor that I´ve been using for years, and two online sources for foreign language books (in France and in Germany). And, just yesterday - they pointed me to a shop in Galway, Ireland, that had a copy of a DVD that I had been looking for.
With the European vendors - once you have a relationship and they know your interests - they contact you if something comes in that they think will interest you.
There´s an online source to buy low-price remainders - another place I shop a couple of times a year.
This is what happens in my family-those of us who bought or got a Kindle as a gift are very pleased, those who got Nooks ...also...bought a Kindle! why?? because there are 100 to (1) one FREE books on Amazon for Kindle and very few free books anywhere for Nook.
B&N had a very nice store in a very nice, very easy to get to and park strip mall. I went often, and disregarded their Leftist bent, because I´m a reader. [And I don´t do Nooks or Kindles. I like a book in my hand.]
Then they got the Big Eye and moved to The Mall. The Mall. Now it´s impossible to get to the store, and if you´re lucky enough to get there without getting killed, you can´t find a place to park closer than three blocks away. I´ve been one time since the move three years ago.
Hastings. That´s where it´s at. Used books galore by all of my favorite authors at not even half the new price.
If every B&N store nationwide closed tomorrow it wouldn´t affect me in any way, shape or form.
I do enjoy a browse now and then but they have long suffered from scope creep with all the toys etc.
Then there is the pathetic, inevitable begging for customer loyalty card (reader´s club etc.) signup. Here´s an idea: if I have one, I´ll present it. If I don´t, then move on. I don´t want to hear about my percentages etc.
Companies lusting after customer data are shockingly lax when it comes to securing that data as the numerous breaches and groveling apologies (in an astounding coincidence, no breach has ever involved the loss of credit card info - wink, wink). For this reason and good old fashioned privacy they can lump their ´club.´
Agree with all on the Kindle. Actually, my wife took over the Kindle and I use an iPad. Lots of free books at Amazon plus a bunch for .99. Got the complete Father Brown by Chesterton for a buck. Lots of bargains for people who love to read.
B&N are gone. The lefty-lean hurt them badly and the internet did the rest.
I never B&N - I do miss the Borders that had a little café on the second floor (like the poster above - I went for the chai latte, too - and it was the perfect place to meet people). We still have a small Borders, but I never go unless on an emergency book search.
I´m in total agreement with #3 and #4. Years ago I tried to buy Ann Coulter´s book "How To Talk To A Liberal (If You Must)" from the neighborhood B&N. I asked the clerk nicely where those type of books are located. She got all huffy with me and walked with an attitude to the current affairs section. I was polite and thanked her for her help but with venom drippin gfrom her voice she said have a nice day. As she was walking away I just shook my head and wondered how this person´s reaction would.ve been if I asked for a book written by a Bill Ayers or Barack Obama(yeah I know redundant). Anyway fast forward to today. I got a Nook for Christmas back in 2010 and sold it to a friend for half the price. Got a tablet with a Kindle app and I love it. Kindle beats the Nook hands down. I´m still old school however and will alway love real books. Especially my hard cover book(s) by Ann Coulter. Sadly due to ebooks and the Kindle and every other tablet beating the Nook in sales Barnes & Noble might be going the way of Borders and Waldenbooks.
I live an hour away from the nearest bookstore, and it is a B & N. Fortunately, it is well run and easy to get into. And I never have a problem buying or purchasing conservative books. The staff is friendly and hard-working. I would miss it if it folded.
With the ridiculous price of books now, it is no wonder the bookstores are struggling--any bookstore. For the cost of one book, I used to be able to buy four or five. I just don´t see the value in most of the books being churned out now by the mainstream publishers. Yeah, it can be hit or miss, but I can buy ~7 independently published books for the price of one mainstream publisher. Cost benefit analysis says that the mainstream publishers are pricing themselves out of the emerging market. Especially now that I´m finding more and more mainstream publishers are churning out books with the same grammatical and spelling errors that they accuse independent publishers of having. Sad really--the mainstream publishers are losing the battle to control the market and some of the companies like Barnes & Noble haven´t seen the writing on the wall and done more for the independent publishers.
Maybe it´s because the stores are located in Texas, but my Barnes & Nobles (two within my driving area), display the conservative books right along with every thing else. I have never had trouble finding one, if it´s recently published.
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