Barnes and Noble to Amazon: F You

Barnes and Noble to Amazon: F You


Barnes & Noble, the nation’s largest brick and mortar book retailer, as communicated in a statement from chief merchandising officer Jaime Carey. The company will still offer titles from Amazon Publishing in their online store, but have decided not to do business with their biggest competitor in the physical world.

The statement, which Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Brad Stone called a “declaration of war”, said, in part:

Our decision is based on Amazon’s continued push for exclusivity with publishers, agents and the authors they represent. These exclusives have prohibited us from offering certain eBooks to our customers. Their actions have undermined the industry as a whole…Amazon has proven they would not be a good publishing partner to Barnes & Noble as they continue to pull content off the market for their own self interest.

So is this a smart business move, or more petty childishness?

John Jarzemsky

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John is a freelance writer who has been with LitReactor since the days of its halcyon youth. You can check out John's blog, the poorly titled Super Roller Disco Monkey Hullabaloo!, for other reviews, random musings, and ill-thought out rants. He was recently published in Bushwick Nightz, a collection of short stories about the Brooklyn neighborhood in which he resides.

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Andy Cates February 1, 2012 - 7:36am

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Jason C from Quad Cities, Iowa is reading Growing Up Dead In Texas by Stephen Graham Jones February 1, 2012 - 6:44pm

Agreed, fuck em.

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Jacki Whitford February 2, 2012 - 3:57pm

I worked part--time for Barnes and Noble in the Washington DC area back in the eighties. They pushed bestsellers which were already heavily promoted in the media instead of what was truly selling in the area (mysteries, romance, political thrillers, biographies, and a lot of up and coming cartoon strip illustrators.) I made it my business to change the end caps to whatever was truly selling, doing as many special orders for customers as possible to get what they really wanted, and putting authors backlist books mixed in with their new paperbacks. I annoyed the heck out of my manager and upper management, but I did not care. My goal was to make the customer a lifelong reader and happy with what they spent their money on. 

B&N thought about no one in the industry when they bought up book distributors. So why should Amazon consider their feelings as they try and better their business by branching out into the publishing world. The internet is going to crush anyone who cannot keep up and that includes brick and mortar bookstores (and sadly, the US Post Office who delivers so many books.)   I have no sympathy for B&N, but I do have sympathy for the authors who will lose royalties because of what is happening. That means all publishers and the authors will need to get more creative about getting the word out about their current and backlog list of offerings so that their royalties do not drop.

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Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel February 10, 2012 - 5:09pm

Dammit, now I need to get rid of my Nook and by a Kindle. FML!