Tuesday: Amazon is evil; Barnes&Noble files disappointing quarterly results. Water is wet.
B&N still intends to produce new Nook devices. Whether this is hopeful thinking or they have actual new devices in development isn’t really clear. I’m betting the former. What they do plan to do is partner with a device manufacturer to launch some kind of Nook platform on an Android device.
It also plans to go further with its international plans, but there is no word on when that will occur either. The Digital Reader
This is great for the consumer and not necessarily bad for the publishers and authors right now because the discounts are eaten by Amazon and Overstock. What it could mean for the future, though? Who knows. It’s a temporary thing, for now.Tech
I have to say I never really grasped how exalted the indie bookseller was to the publishing crowd until the Google Books lawsuit and then the rise of digital books and Amazon occurred. I’m still not completely comprehending the romanticism around indie booksellers since I, as a romance reader, have been treated so poorly by them.
Nonetheless, the indie bookseller as the savior of all cultural literacy is really a fascinating paradigm and one that Mr. Cader really buys into. For instance, in this article, he completely mischaracterizes the price fixing lawsuit as a time in which publishers bravely stood up for higher prices.
“Some publishers made the mistake of speaking out about the devaluation of their top releases, which the Department of Justice later painted as part of publishers’ Evil Plot to Destroy Amazon and force hard-working Americans to pay double digits for their new-release books.”Publishers Lunch
According to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Teicher pointed out, for every $10 million that shifts from bricks-and-mortar stores to Amazon.com, 33 retail jobs are lost. Publishers Weekly