THE EREADING BLOG

06

October

2015

By: Richard Starr

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Barnes & Noble’s Nook International Store Closing – A Dumb, Dumb Move

 LOGO-1-NookLet's talk a bit about short-sightedBarnes & Noble has announced that they are shuttering their international Nook ebook store.  Yet another example of how the world's second largest bookseller simply cannot get out of their own way.  Fortunately, these kinds of screwups leave the field open for competitors like Kobo...and us.  Ereading.com will be part of a fully-integrated eco-system devoted to books, reading, and publishing/distribution services.  How a company like Barnes & Noble, with billions in annual revenue, cannot get...

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26

March

2015

By: Richard Starr

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Can Barnes & Noble’s Redesigned Shopping Bags Revise its Bookstores?

LOGO-BarnesNoble-VerticalA few days back, an article by Belinda Lanks at BloombergBusiness asked a pretty simple question: "Can Barnes & Noble's Redesigned Shopping Bags Revive Its Bookstores?"

In a word: "No."

Using their plastic shopping bags to promote the Nook reader for the past few years didn't prop up that division or make it a particue market softened in 2013.    

The truth is, Barnes & Noble’s problems go way beyond the effectiveness of their shopping bags.

One of our biggest strengths at Eread Technologies is that

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02

March

2015

By: Richard Starr

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Barnes & Noble Splits Off Education Division

PrintAccording to Digital Book World and other sources, Barnes & Noble has elected to split off their "education division" (read: college textbooks) into a separate company.

Read the whole story here.

This sounds like good news for B&N stakeholders...until you look at their efforts to build a unified platform for both readers and publishing professionals so far.  And what I mean by that is that in all the years they've been competing with Amazon, they still haven't made any serious efforts to do so.  Today, B&N remains one of the most fragmented companies in the bookselling and publishing industries.  Among the issues I've observed are:

An inability to make decisive decisions concerning their often money-losing brick-and-mortar locations.

A strange unwillingness to capitalize on their base of...

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