Waterstones to open five new bookstores in time for Christmas. Barnes & Noble, please take notes

As Barnes & Noble continues to struggle, management will be looking on enviously as its British counterpart, Waterstones, defies the odds to rebuild a national bookstore chain that not long ago seemed a hopeless cause. As reported here last month, Waterstones is being lined up for re-sale. Waterstone’s was rescued from near bankruptcy several years Read More …

Barnes & Noble removes manuscript editor from NookPress

NookPress, the self-publishing portal of the US bookstore Barnes & Noble, is “streamlining” the book upload process and will be removing its Manuscript Editor. NookPress is sending out the following email today: Dear Publisher, We wanted to let you know that we will be removing the Manuscript Editor feature in the next few weeks in Read More …

Tencent moves on Wattpad as Wattpad hits 60 million users. Could Nook be next?

Back in September I ran a post here on Nook’s future, speculating on the possibility Nook could be acquired by the Chinese ebook behemoth Tencent, which was actively looking for global expansion possibilities. A sentiment shared by Jane Friedman and Porter Anderson at the Hot Sheet. Nothing yet to suggest Tencent has Nook on its Read More …

Publishing Brief 27 September 2017

There’s so much happening in publishing right now it’s impossible to keep on top of it all, but some stories are too good to pass by without at least a quick mention here at The New Publishing Standard. Here’s three of the best from my last browsing session.   1. Why didn’t B&N do KU? Read More …

The Future of Barnes & Noble. Part 1: Nook

Nook, by Barnes & Noble. But for how much longer? Over the weekend The Digital Reader ran an insightful post on the future of Nook, the ebook arm of America’s biggest bricks & mortar bookstore chain. “Len Riggio has just dashed the hopes of everyone who had been praying for a Nook turnaround.” Nate Hoffelder Read More …