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Monday, March 25, 2013

News & Updates in Books and Publishing

Is Barnes & Noble playing tough at the cost of business and at a loss for authors?

Barnes & Noble has laid down the gauntlet, so to speak.  Reducing orders from Simon & Schuster, denying primary sales locations in store, and demanding a larger cut of the sale may be costing a lot more than they bargained for.  Famous authors, Picoult and Genova, are feeling the weight of the situation and have had to step up their game to compensate for the lack of support from this retailer.  Despite all this, Picoult's newest novel, The Storyteller, is number one on the New York Times Bestseller list.  How?  Ms. Picoult has increased her personal appearances, among other measures, to compensate for the lack of support with Barnes & Noble.  But how is this affecting the lesser known authors?  How do customers feel about this turn of events?

Does Barnes & Noble really have that much monopoly in the States?  

Read the article above and share your opinion here.  I really want to know what the general public, customers and fellow bloggers have to say about Barnes & Noble's stand.  Do you agree with it?  Does it ultimately hurt more than help?  You be the judge.

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