How James Daunt, Barnes & Noble’s CEO, is Trying to Save Traditional Bookselling

How James Daunt, Barnes & Noble’s CEO, is Trying to Save Traditional Bookselling

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Last year, in August of 2019, James Daunt, Managing Director of Waterstones and owner of multiple independent bookstores across London, was named the new CEO of Barnes & Noble. image via the wall street journal The chain, while doing better off than other bookstore chains like Borders, which went bankrupt over a decade ago, is struggling to compete with bookselling giant Amazon. While Amazon accounts for almost 50% of book sales in America, Barnes & Noble’s only accounts for around 20% – a number that is that’s falling. James Daunt has made some changes to Barnes & Noble in the …

‘A Promised Land’: The Memoir that Took Publishing by Storm

‘A Promised Land’: The Memoir that Took Publishing by Storm

A Promised Land is the first of former President Barack Obama’s two presidential volumes. This highly anticipated novel has been, so far, named one of the 10 best books of the year, by The New York Times Book Review, and a Washington Post Notable Book. But, other than the high praise it has received so far, it’s also managed to sell 887,000 copies on the first day of publication, breaking records for publishing powerhouse, Penguin Random House.

Barnes & Noble Closing Over 400 Stores

Barnes & Noble Closing Over 400 Stores

Hey readers!  As we’ve come to know, books are ever more important now that we’re home-bound.  Maybe we’re not going out to book stores, but for those of you who are, Barnes & Noble is temporarily closing over 400 of their 627 U.S. stores in response to the coronavirus pandemic.  Now, now, don’t panic.  Luckily for us, it’s just a temporary closure, but it still doesn’t feel good knowing that book stores are closing indefinitely.   image via the telegraph   A letter was sent to Barnes & Noble’s 23k+ employees on March 17 before the mass closure.  In it, …

Strand Bookstore Shuts Due to Corona Virus

Strand Bookstore Shuts Due to Corona Virus

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In the midst of the pandemic, a lot of workers are unfortunately being laid off, and Strand Bookstore, unfortunately, is no exception. The store closed its doors last week, until further notice. Now, due to the closure, and the unknown of how long this pandemic will last, the store had to lay off about 188 of their workers. Image via Gothamist The lay off is hopefully temporary, and the workers did get paid last week, but considering the store is independent, and has no money coming in right now, the store had no choice. When things are back to normal, …