Is Amazon Too Powerful?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

Some feel Amazon’s growing power and influence threatens to create a hegemony. By Edward Nawotka I want to make a confession: I have an Amazon Prime account and I use it…a lot. I have a small child at home, limited time to shop, and a fast Internet connection. Amazon, in our household, has become synonymous with shopping. Though I have a …

#LBF11: Waterstone’s to Close 200 Shops in the UK?

In Global Trade Talk by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm LONDON: A shadow hangs over the aisles this year and if it’s not made up of volcanic ash this time, the consequences could be even more worrying for British publishers. The shadow is called Waterstone’s whose fate is of concern to almost everyone at Earls Court. At the moment, the chain’s founder Tim Waterstone and his Russian investor …

Are Seasonal “Pop-up” Bookstores the Answer to Sluggish Sales?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story profiles Berlin’s Dialogue Books, an English-language bookstore that was open for just six months — and then moved online. In the story bookseller Sharmaine Lovegrove describes the store as a “pop-up” bookstore. Opening short run, pop-up retail locations is increasingly trendy. You tend to hear of them “popping up” around specific events, such as …

Borders Bookstores Bankruptcy News Roundup

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The Borders Group filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday and will receive $505 million in Debtor-in Possession (DIP) financing. According to the press release, Borders will continue “serve customers in the normal course” but will close approximately 30% of its retail locations under its Store Reduction Program. Publishers Weekly reports that Borders owes millions of dollars …

Barnes & Noble: From Thug to Love

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Edward Nawotka

Editorial by Edward Nawotka For a long time Barnes & Noble, the United States’ largest bookstore chain, was the bully of bookselling. B&N was the bookseller whose massive expansion into superstores in the ’80s and ’90s was seen as the catalyst for the closure of numerous independent booksellers across the country. They were the booksellers who absorbed much beloved small …

Taipei Chain Bookstore Goes to Shanghai

In Global Trade Talk by Wuping Zhao

By Wuping Zhao SHANGHAI: Taipei’s largest bookstore chain Eslite will set up a branch in Shanghai soon, according to a statement given by Robert Wu Ching-Yu, chairman of the bookstore, at the ongoing World Expo in Shanghai last week. Shanghai will be the third Chinese mainland city to have an Eslite bookstore, Robert Wu Ching-yu said. In the past months, …