Posts Tagged: booksellers

Books That Aren’t Books

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Bookstores around the world have been working to reinvent themselves in the wake of Amazon’s rise, and stocking gift items has been a chief tactic. If you’ve never been to a Waterstone’s in the UK, here’s a sampling of what it’s like:

Gifts now seem to take up as much space as books, at least on the tables, where the prettiest paperbacks are distributed among Orla Kiely pots and enamel cups.

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Ditching Amazon: Good for Business

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After it dropped Amazon as one of its booksellers, sales for Educational Development Corp. (which has imprints such as Usbourne) titles rose from less than $1,500 a day to around $30,000 per day:

The Amazon decision, White added, was also made with an eye toward stemming a nine-year decline in sales through its Usborne Books & More division, which uses independent sales consultants to sell its books through a combination of direct sales, home shows, book fairs, and Internet sales.

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A Look Back at Amazon’s Twenty Years

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Publisher’s Weekly has a retrospective on Amazon.com’s 20 years of selling books, DVDs, electronics, and everything elseThe article cites the introduction of the Kindle and the Kindle e-bookstore as Amazon’s most important innovation, but is quick to cite the company’s other advances—as well as the many controversies sparked by said advances.

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The End of Bouquinistes?

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Amazon launched an online bookstore two decades ago. Since then, the Internet has been changing the way readers buy books. Paris has been a major book-selling city since the 17th century, when the first bouquinistes began lining the banks of the Seine.

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The Incidental Bookseller

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In n+1‘s continuing examination of Amazon, Ruth Curry, co-founder of online bookstore Emily Books, looks at the relationship of the online megastore to publishers. Amazon’s entry into the publishing world was an accident:

Amazon was only incidentally a bookseller: Bezos liked books because online shoppers didn’t have to try them on or smell or measure them.

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