As the Kindle goes on sale at Waterstones stores, MD James Daunt has been defending the highly criticized decision, insisting it is to his company’s advantage.
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.
His integrity is intact, but when perception can quickly become reality Daunt now needs to fully embrace the role of cheerleader-in-chief.
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.
Waterstones is to launch a Russian bookshop within its flagship store in London’s Piccadilly, offering 5,000 Russian language titles and translations.
The ‘Waterstones 11′ list of potential prize-winning debut novels includes an Alaskan bookseller, a former RSC actress, and a fundamentalist Welsh woman.
So, Waterstones dropped the apostrophe from its name. Well, you’ve got to feel sorry for them–and for those little bits of type: they’re battered on all fonts.
Are there bookstores from abroad you’d like to see in your own country?
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.
Stellar customer service, a curated list of titles, and intense localization are hallmarks of indie bookstores. Can they work across a large chain?