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Barnes and Noble’s New CEO and New Direction

Over the past decade, Barnes & Noble has suffered some pretty considerable losses. There have been 150 store closures, diminishing sales, and a one billion dollar loss on their Nook e-reader. Perhaps the most obvious reason for B&N’s crisis stems from the growing popularity of Amazon where readers can order books online cheaply with little to no struggle.

It’s for this reason that Barnes & Noble’s new CEO, James Daunt, is rethinking the way that his bookstores operate. Daunt’s background lies in indie-publishing, and, as the founder of Daunt Books, he has always focused on providing customers with an earnest book-buying experience. There is an undeniable charm about browsing the calm, book-lined walls of an indie-shop. This is the type of experience Daunt wants to bring to the major book selling company.

 

James Daunt

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In an interview with Quartz, Daunt said:

A good independent bookshop is something pretty special. It has personality and character, and that’s primarily driven by the people working in it, the booksellers. Also the manner in which they display their books, the amusement and serendipity of how they curate their shops.

Daunt is seeking to transform big bookstores into hubs of refuge for readers who have grown weary of online retail. “All that ‘If you read this, you’ll like that’—it’s a dismal way to recommend books,” Daunt told The Independent. “A physical bookshop in which you browse, see, hold, touch and feel books is the environment you want.”

 

 

Having physical spaces where books are disseminated is important to any literary community, and Barnes & Noble would be wise to use this to their advantage. However, just as Amazon hindered Barnes & Noble, Barnes & Noble  consistently harms the proliferation of independently run bookstores.  Whether or not Daunt’s new role as the CEO of Barnes & Noble is seen as a betrayal of his indie-roots, it will be interesting to see where he takes the company.

 

 

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Barnes & Noble YA Book Club: First meeting June 13, book of choice 'Again, But Better'

Barnes & Noble Launches New Monthly YA Book Club

Barnes & Noble is launching a new YA Book Club just in time for the summer to begin!

Meetings will be held in-store the second Thursday of each month at nationwide locations. Expect hot deals, 50% off discounts on select YA releases, exciting giveaways, and exclusive bonus content! (Plus, there will be $2 teas at B&N cafés). These meetings will be open to all YA fans… and yes, that’s a description of the genre, NOT the required age range of the attendees.

 

Introducing The Barnes & Noble YA Book Club

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The first meeting will take place on June 13th at 7pm across locations nationwide. Christine Riccio’s Again, but Better will be number one—that’s both chronologically first AND number one on the bestseller list. Already at #1 in Teen & Young Adult Romantic Comedy on Amazon, Riccio’s novel is one of those rare, hotly-anticipated debuts. Widely considered to be the ‘original BookTuber,’ Riccio has extensively documented her writing process to her 406k engaged followers. The special book club edition will be available to attendees, which includes Q & A with the author and an exclusive deleted scene.

The following is a sneak peak from Barnes & Noble to build our hype for this exciting community event:

  • June: Again, but Better by Christine Riccio, Thursday, June 13, at 7 PM. Again, But Better is a story about second chances, discovering yourself, and being brave enough to try again.

  • July: We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal, Thursday, July 11, at 7 PM. Set in a richly detailed world inspired by ancient Arabia, We Hunt the Flame is a gripping debut of discovery, conquering fear, and taking identity into your own hands.

  • August: Wilder Girls by Rory Power, Thursday, August 8, at 7 PM. Wilder Girls is a debut novel about three best friends living in quarantine at their island boarding school, and the lengths they go to uncover the truth of their confinement.

 

Barnes & Noble's YA picks this summer

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Sign up to attend the first meeting of B&N’s Book Club, and check out the hashtag #BNYABookClub for more info.

Barnes & Nobles’ effort to make its retail locations community spaces comes in the midst of corporate financial struggles. Alarmists are quick to warn readers of the impending ‘death of print media,’ a sentiment that’s significantly more dramatic than it is accurate. What we’re really looking at is the death of chain bookstores, a fate which could await even retail giant B&N. With plans to close 167 stores by 2022, there will be swaths of the country left without its familiar storefront. And, no, we’re not just talking the boondocks—Washington D.C. lost its B&N back in 2015 despite its residents spending more money on reading than anywhere else in the United States.

Fortunately, this decline doesn’t signify the death of the bookstore in general. Indie bookstores are actually on the rise: over the past eight years, the number of indie bookstores has increased by 25%

The success of these bookstores likely has to do with their interconnectedness with the neighborhoods in which they reside. Perhaps Barnes & Noble’s YA Book Club will bring this sense of community to its retail locations!

 

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