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Wednesday Midday Links: B&N losses higher than expected; Dramatic declines in...

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Personal Note: Mass market numbers are down 20.8%

Mike Shatzkin talks about selling direct and whether publishers must add this to their arsenal. Many of the people I spoke with at BEA expressed concern about selling direct. The concern that Shatzkin articulates in his post:

What I found fascinating about this next press release was that there were two individuals identified as managing the account. There was no other retailer mentioned by name? How important is amazon? Apparently to HC, important enough to have one person designated to rep them with AMZN:

I asked around and it seems that the blame for the losses related in the next article regarding Barnes & Noble is related to new hires and increased development costs:

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com

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