Home Depot, Literary Magnate, To Stop Selling Books

home depot To Stop Selling Books

Via Publisher's Weekly

This week, Home Depot made a difficult announcement: they're no longer going to be selling books in their stores. Which, of course, poses a critical follow-up question: Home Depot was selling books?

The go-to seller for hard-hitting titles like "Design For Life: Patios" and "Growing Orchids Is Fun" (available in both English and Spanish), Home Depot has long been proud of their expansive collection of crucial literature. And, a spokesperson said, the decision to terminate their book department wasn't an easy one. But it seems to be what the consumers want; according to a letter sent to publishers this week, it came after over a year of market research. 

In all seriousness, though, this is pretty unfortunate for those who write and publish how-to and home improvement books, who, even if no one was purchasing them at Home Depot, rely on specialty stores to carry their titles. And, according to PW, may signal a larger movement away from bookselling for bib box stores, like Wal-Mart and Target. However, similar stores like Cabella's, hardware stores and regular bookstores (like Barnes & Noble) will continue to carry books like "The Complete Book On Home Preserving," so there will still be outlets available.

And if the absence of "This Old House Easy Upgrades: Bathrooms" drives remodelers and gardeners into small gardening stores, it may actually be a blessing in disguise. 

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Laramore Black's picture
Laramore Black from Joplin, Missouri is reading Mario Kart 8 March 8, 2012 - 12:27pm

"Home Depot plans to save trees from books and build homes."

Zackery Olson's picture
Zackery Olson from Rockford, IL is reading pretty much anything I can get my hands on March 8, 2012 - 12:38pm

Not sure what I'll do now that I can't buy my plywood and home improvement books at the same time. :'(

Courtney's picture
Courtney from the Midwest is reading Monkey: A Journey to the West and a thousand college textbooks March 8, 2012 - 1:40pm

Seriously, though -- Home Depot sold books?

All I can remember from the two or three times I ventured in there as a kid under the age of ten are glossy magazine-style rags. They were flimsy and had lots of tacky, bright photos of flowers, even when the title was "REPAIR YOUR KITCHEN IN SEVEN DAYS."

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Daniel Donche from Seattle is reading Transubstantiate, by Richard Thomas March 8, 2012 - 2:45pm

They do have books. Just one rack, but there's a huge selection of DIY stuff there. And they all look awesome to me. I haven't ever seen anyone but me checking them out ever, but still. Must not be cost-effective to have them if nobody's buying.

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Boone Spaulding from Coldwater, Michigan, U.S.A. is reading Solarcide Presents: Nova Parade March 12, 2012 - 1:45pm

Nothing The Home Depot concerns me. I expect terrible things from them, always. Shop Menard's. Shop Lowes.