Home Depot, Literary Magnate, 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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