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Why the Waterstones/Amazon Deal is “Like Vichy France”

James Daunt, Waterstones MD

The verdict is out on whether James Daunt’s decision to partner with Amazon to sell e-books in the UK is an act of self-destruction or a brilliant compromise.

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SURVEY: Is Waterstones’ Partnership with Amazon Deranged or Brilliant?


Waterstones’ partnership with Amazon to sell e-books took many by surprise. Tell us, was it deranged? An intelligent short-term move? Or something else?

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Is James Daunt Inspiring Enough Confidence in Waterstones?


His integrity is intact, but when perception can quickly become reality Daunt now needs to fully embrace the role of cheerleader-in-chief.

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Why James Daunt Feels Waterstones is “Desperately Vulnerable”

James Daunt, Waterstones MD

In a revealing interview, Waterstones MD James Daunt discusses why Amazon worries him so much, his admiration for Barnes & Noble and the Nook, and much more.

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James Daunt’s Difficult Task: Remake Waterstone’s, But In Whose Image?

Like Jesus, Waterstone’s MD James Daunt will have to perform a miracle to multiply the magic of his six-strong bookstore chain to feed the masses.

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Can the Indie Bookseller Ethos Translate to a Chain?

Stellar customer service, a curated list of titles, and intense localization are hallmarks of indie bookstores. Can they work across a large chain?

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UK Book Chain Waterstone’s Sold to Russian Billionaire

By Hannah Johnson Waterstone’s parent company HMV announced this morning that it would sell the UK book chain to Russian billionaire Alexander Mamut’s company, A&NN […]

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