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Old 06-11-2019, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Straddling two worlds
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James Daunt has done remarkedly well at Waterstones (which includes Foyles and and this is good news for Barnes and Noble.
I agree and I used to work there. A few customers who came in told me they've gone digital (Nook, Kindle, whatever), but most of them were there to buy books. A lot of people still ordered books we didn't have in stock and either had them shipped to their home or they picked them up in-store. The $25 membership fee was a hard sell, though. Most people just aren't going to pay that for a 10% discount.

I hope the new owners actually want to turn BN around they same way they did with Waterstones.
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Old 06-11-2019, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Great Britain
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I agree and I used to work there. A few customers who came in told me they've gone digital (Nook, Kindle, whatever), but most of them were there to buy books. A lot of people still ordered books we didn't have in stock and either had them shipped to their home or they picked them up in-store. The $25 membership fee was a hard sell, though. Most people just aren't going to pay that for a 10% discount.

I hope the new owners actually want to turn BN around they same way they did with Waterstones.
I couldn't think of anyone better than James Daunt, in terms of securing the long term future of B&N.

Daunt has a real passion for books and book shops.
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Old 06-11-2019, 08:46 AM
 
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I couldn't think of anyone better than James Daunt, in terms of securing the long term future of B&N.

Daunt has a real passion for books and book shops.
oh good! That's awesome to hear!
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Straddling two worlds
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Nice article about James Daunt and the future of B&N .

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/08/b...mes-daunt.html
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Old 08-14-2019, 04:33 PM
 
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One thing that B&N does that boggles my mind is the fact that their online site will list the same merchandise with their "marketplace sellers" for much less than they offer it, even with the added shipping cost. (I am talking about NEW books and DVDs.) Why in the world would they do that? In that case, the only advantage in ordering from B&N direct is faster delivery, but with me, that hardly ever matters when it comes to books and movies.
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Old 08-14-2019, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest
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I couldn't think of anyone better than James Daunt, in terms of securing the long term future of B&N.

Daunt has a real passion for books and book shops.
Hope so its one of my favorite bookstores.
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Old 08-16-2019, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Illinois
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I never shop at Barnes and Noble and I read a great amount. I go to half price books or the library or Amazon because I won't pay full price.

The advantages to shopping at a store is you can see the size of the type, the binding, quality of paper and read through it, not just what you can read online. Some books are made very cheaply and don't last, with tiny type.
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Old 08-18-2019, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Manchester NH
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Hedge funds pile the company with debt and suck the blood out of them till there is nothing left.

I know there will still be small bookstores, but not where I live (suburbia).
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Old 09-15-2019, 05:57 AM
 
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I think they are in dire need of new management and new thinking that keeps them in the middle of this big market
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Old 09-22-2019, 07:24 PM
 
Location: my little town
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I don't often drive out to the area of the closest B&N. I noted the huge size of the store and aisles wide enough to drive a car through. The last book store within 10 miles is small and crammed full of books on tall shelves in narrow aisles. The money it saves on rent and heat keeps it open.
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