10-25-2013 12:22 PM - edited 10-25-2013 12:24 PM
"... But things didn’t go as planned, in part because Barnes & Noble refuses to carry Amazon Publishing titles in its stores. [...] bricks-and-mortar bookstores are still one of the major ways that readers discover new books, and online sources haven’t picked up the slack. Barnes & Noble’s refusal to carry Amazon titles mattered less for Amazon’s niche-y science fiction, romance and mystery books, which it could target to very specific audiences on its website. But the big, general titles that Kirshbaum wanted to publish needed more of a push from bookstores, and they didn’t get it. [...] Once literary agents and authors saw that Amazon wouldn’t be able to get their books into Barnes & Noble, publishing with the company became a much less appealing prospect."
Funny how it doesn't work out when the players you're out to eliminate won't cooperate. This sure seems like vindication for those of us who've been arguing that stores are B&N's ultimate differentiator, and best weapon, against Amazon.
A timely article. Thanks for the link, GB.
10-25-2013 03:16 PM
So much for vertical integration in the publishing industry ...