Interesting news from the New York Times…

In what might be the latest sign of trouble for brick-and-mortar bookstores, the mega-chain Barnes & Noble announced on Tuesday that its board was putting the company up for sale.

The news surprised analysts and alarmed publishers, who have watched as the book business has increasingly shifted to online retailers and e-book sales, leaving both chains and independent sellers struggling….

For years, Barnes & Noble has been battered by large shifts in the publishing industry and the retail environment. Book sales have moved toward big-box stores like Costco, Wal-Mart and Target, and away from mall-based stores like B. Dalton, which Barnes & Noble acquired in the late 1980s….

One analyst said that consumers had been moving away from physical bookstores in favor of buying books online or at other retail outlets. “They might pick up a book when they’re buying hand sanitizer or Band-Aids, rather than actually seeking out a bookstore as a destination and then buying a book at that point,” said Michael Norris, senior analyst at Simba Information, which provides research and advice to publishers. “A lot of independents are figuring it out one bookstore at a time, and that’s what the Barnes & Nobles of the world have to do.”

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  • Tiffany in Texas

    This is my home away from home.

  • DebbieQ

    This has been a hot topic of discussion over at NookBoards. All of us who own a B&N Nook want to make sure that B&N doesn’t “go away”. Many on the board feel that it is either a strategy to head off a hostile take over or B&N wants to swing more towards e-books.

  • crunchycon

    I’m sad to hear this; even though I love the idea of the mom-and-pop bookstore (my I-won–the-lottery dream), Barnes and Noble is the only bricks-and-mortar bookstore worth shooting in my city.

  • Darcy in IN

    I see this an older post, but would still like to comment. I can only speak for myself. I really hate to pay full price for anything if I don’t have to. I’m on a tight budget and prefer to save. B&N or B. Dalton simply charge too much. Nearly all the time, I’m able to find used copies or online sellers who sell new copies for 30-40% less than the big box retailers. It’s a no-brainer

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