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Topic: Bookstore of the Future
This episode of The Roundtable was webcast live at 1pm EST on February 11, 2010.
Guy LeCharles Gonzalez, Dir. of Programming & Business Development, Digital Book World
Show notes to come…
“Winter Institute: Booksellers Look at New Realities”, Publisher’s Weekly
–> Even before e-books began nibbling at bookstore sales, it had become clear that bookselling is no longer just about selling new trade titles.
“Wi5: Better Than Ever,” Shelf Awareness
–> ABA CEO Oren Teicher spoke for many of them when he said, “Despite what the cynics and naysayers might say, independent bookselling is alive and well in the United States of America.”
“Can Bookstores and E-books Coexist?,” Nathan Bransford
–> There are definitely independent stores who have embraced the Internet (Powell’s comes to mind), and if publishers are able to control uniform pricing via the agency model, bookstores may be back to competing on consumer experience rather than pricing.
“What I Heard in San Jose. Did Any Publishers Hear the Same?,” Robert Sindelar
–> It says that publishers need to make sure that in their overall strategic planning, that their support to physical bookstores remains a very high item on their checklist.
“The perfect bookstore v.2,” Moriah Jovan
–> The store will have at least one copy of whatever the buyer knows his customers like. He won’t have to order more because he’ll “Espresso it.” That way, customers can browse actual books.