Retail apocalypse or retail evolution? Publishers need to help Barnes & Noble evolve – or join it in extinction

As the USA’s Book World chain shutters its 45 bookstores the media is having the usual Retail Apocalypse party that accompanies every such incident. “Bookstore Chains, Long in Decline, Are Undergoing a Final Shakeout,” ran the New York Times headline, anxious to draw in the retail apocalypse rubberneckers. But even here, tucked away in the Read More …

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 …

Waterstone’s to be sold again?

The future of Waterstone’s (aka Waterstones sans apostrophe) is in question again as it emerges Britain’s largest book chain may be up for sale shortly. Cutting a long story short, Waterstone’s was rescued from near bankruptcy several years back by a Russian billionaire who handed day to day management to James Daunt and between the Read More …