Barnes & Noble CEO Uses Amazon to Justify His Company’s Continued Existence

Reblogging this interesting article about why bookstores are still relevant.

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by Laura Northrup at the Consumerist

In the age of online shopping, are bookstores irrelevant? The new CEO of big-box bookstore chain Barnes & Noble doesn’t think so. If they were, why would Amazon be opening physical bookstores across the country, with a new one opening in New York City tomorrow? He sees this growth as proof that bookstores are still relevant.

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2 thoughts on “Barnes & Noble CEO Uses Amazon to Justify His Company’s Continued Existence

  1. Well, kind of. Amazon physical stores feature books that are supported by their online reviews, which means the really want to sell books that already sell.They are more like an airport bookstore. A bookstore, to me, means I can buy books that are likely not popular.

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    1. I concur. When I read earlier this month that their emphasis was on Big 5 publishers’ best-sellers and Amazon’s own imprints (e.g., Thomas & Mercer), I didn’t take it quite as seriously as I do Barnes & Noble, Borders (I miss them), or the neighborhood bookseller. Still, I think that the B&N CEO’s point is valid. There are plenty of us out there who still like to discover things on the shelves quite at random.

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