"retail" entries

Publishers get creative to keep books on shelves

Non-traditional retail channels help publishers expand reach with better terms.

Retail bookselling isn't dead, it just moved. Publishers are now selling books through stores that sell clothing, housewares, kitchenwares, toys, and even paper and gift supplies.

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For booksellers, the future is brighter than it seems

Kassia Krozser says digital publishing won't kill bookstores if it's properly acknowledged.

Though stories abound about the impending doom booksellers face in the digital era, Kassia Krozser says brick-and-mortar retailers still have a future.

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Buy where you shop gets a little easier

A new search app gives consumers mobile access to aggregated product reviews.

Search Reviews scans bar codes to bring up crowdsourced reviews, allowing consumers to compare products in-store and on-the-go.

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Google Analytics for the Real World: A Conversation with Sharon Biggar of Path Intelligence

In preparation for the upcoming Web 2.0 Summit I am posting a few conversations with attendees that embody the Web Squared Theme. Path Intelligence uses sensor technology to understand shopping behavior in retail spaces by detecting and tracking the RF signals from mobile phones. As Sharon Biggar, co-founder, succinctly puts it – “we are like Google Analytics for the real world” giving offline retailers the same visibility on shopping behavior that online retail has enjoyed for years.

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Kindle vs Sony Reader: Battle of Distribution Channels

Sony is distributing its e-reader through Target, Borders and other retail outlets, while the Kindle remains Amazon-only. Does Amazon have enough pull to trump Sony's traditional model?

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Reinventing the Book and Killing It are Separate Things

Columnist Richard Cohen is overestimating the threat of digital books.

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Mobile Barcode Scanners and Retail Stores on Collision Course

Ilya Vedrashko points out a near-term future scenario in which retail sites are going to have to entirely rethink what integration into online services means: The obvious future of in-store experience: you find something you like, reach into your pocket for a small device, scan the barcode, and the device tells you whether and where the same product is…

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UK Book Chain Installing Espresso POD Machines

UK book retailer Blackwell will test the Espresso Book Machine at one of its locations this fall with an eye toward installing the print-on-demand device at additional stores. From a Blackwell press release: Blackwell CEO Vince Gunn — "From a retailer's point of view, even allowing for the first-generation technology and publisher challenges, this is a fantastic opportunity –…

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Borders Sells Stores in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore

From Shelf Awareness: Borders Group has sold its stores in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore to A&R Whitcoulls, the major Australian and New Zealand bookseller that is owned by private equity firm Pacific Equity Partners. The deal is valued at US $104 million (about $90 million now and up to $14 million in deferred payments next year) and should…

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Amazon: Kindle Owners Buy More Books

In press releases and in Book Expo sessions, Amazon is touting an interesting figure: consumers who purchase a Kindle increase their overall book purchases through Amazon by an average of 2.6 times. That "2.6 times" figure doesn't mean Kindle customers are boosting their print purchases, but it does go a short ways toward quelling ebook cannibalization concerns. At a…

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