The last remaining chain bookstore in Washington D.C. is closing, meaning — at least in one American city — the independent bookstores have won.
Love him or hate him, you can’t fault James Patterson for his generosity, as he’s giving some $1 million of his money back to independent bookstores.
Amazon is offering independent bookstores Kindles to sell and a commission on ebook sales, but most have rejected the proposal as bad business and ‘a lie.’
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?