HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » The End of Barnes & N...
Introducing Discussionist: A new forum by the creators of DU

Mon Feb 18, 2013, 09:57 AM

The End of Barnes & Noble [View all]


http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2013/02/14/barnes_noble_collapsing.html


The End of Barnes & Noble
By Matthew Yglesias | Posted Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at 5:33 PM


Barnes & Noble has put out a genuinely impressive performance over the past several years. Here you have a retail chain, originating from a bookstore in New York City, that saw its industry being disrupted and rather nimbly decided it wanted to make a piece of computer hardware. And, amazingly, the Nook is a pretty good piece of computer hardware. If the iPad and the Galaxy Tab and the Microsoft Surface and the Kindle Fire didn't exist, you'd say the Nook was a revolutionary device.

The problem is that it's not the best such device on the market. Or even the second best. Or even the third best. And while some industries have room for many global players (think cars—GM, Volkswagen, Toyota, Hyundai, Ford, Nissan, PSA, Honda, Renault, etc.) it looks like there's only room for two or three platforms in this game. And B&N doesn't have one. Today they announced that contrary to earlier reports, losses in the Nook division are going to grow this year rather than staying flat. And all sales across both the Web and brick-and-mortar stores fell nearly 11 percent. They're doing an impressive job of staving off collapse in the face of massive disruption, but not good enough.

It makes me sad, personally. Before Barnes & Noble was a national behemoth it was just my neighborhood bookstore, as I grew up blocks away from the original shop. I always liked to root for it against Borders. But it won't be long for this world.


59 replies, 3737 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 59 replies Author Time Post
Reply The End of Barnes & Noble [View all]
marmar Feb 2013 OP
WCGreen Feb 2013 #1
kelliekat44 Feb 2013 #37
still_one Feb 2013 #2
RKP5637 Feb 2013 #6
oldhippie Feb 2013 #20
zappaman Feb 2013 #41
Baitball Blogger Feb 2013 #3
RKP5637 Feb 2013 #7
Warren Stupidity Feb 2013 #4
bluestate10 Feb 2013 #9
randome Feb 2013 #12
tabbycat31 Feb 2013 #13
randome Feb 2013 #15
Javaman Feb 2013 #17
randome Feb 2013 #22
Javaman Feb 2013 #32
GP6971 Feb 2013 #31
Javaman Feb 2013 #33
d_r Feb 2013 #47
sweetloukillbot Feb 2013 #24
randome Feb 2013 #48
SoCalDem Feb 2013 #51
bluestate10 Feb 2013 #5
Burma Jones Feb 2013 #8
a kennedy Feb 2013 #10
bluestate10 Feb 2013 #21
kentauros Feb 2013 #25
OneGrassRoot Feb 2013 #27
FSogol Feb 2013 #29
obamanut2012 Feb 2013 #42
RetroGamer1971 Feb 2013 #53
seaglass Feb 2013 #11
marmar Feb 2013 #14
seaglass Feb 2013 #18
obamanut2012 Feb 2013 #45
tabbycat31 Feb 2013 #23
seaglass Feb 2013 #28
tabbycat31 Feb 2013 #34
seaglass Feb 2013 #35
tabbycat31 Feb 2013 #36
ellenfl Feb 2013 #52
obamanut2012 Feb 2013 #44
stevenleser Feb 2013 #55
seaglass Feb 2013 #56
stevenleser Feb 2013 #58
Orrex Feb 2013 #16
brooklynite Feb 2013 #19
Capt. Obvious Feb 2013 #26
lunatica Feb 2013 #30
Johonny Feb 2013 #38
Cleita Feb 2013 #39
Taverner Feb 2013 #40
zappaman Feb 2013 #43
obamanut2012 Feb 2013 #46
d_r Feb 2013 #49
obamanut2012 Feb 2013 #59
SoCalDem Feb 2013 #50
sweetloukillbot Feb 2013 #54
seaglass Feb 2013 #57