Barnes & Noble misses the mark yet again

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It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged about Barnes & Noble here. Usually, when they’ve done something that catches my eye, I save it for Mad Genius Club. However, I came across an article this morning that simply begged for me to write about it today. I found it almost immediately after reading about the Bay Area losing another B&N store and after hearing that Len Riggio bought up another million shares in […]

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On B&N, Spenser Rapone and more

Just a quick post this morning. Yesterday, I blogged over at Mad Genius Club about the latest news coming out about Barnes & Noble. Today, I have a post up at Victory Girls about that poor excuse for an Army officer, Spenser Rapone. While completely different topics, they have one thing in common: they are perfect examples of someone doing whatever the hell they want without worrying about the consequences. In B&N’s […]

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It’s doing what?

(I’m going to steer clear of the Brexit vote today. Not because I don’t have things to say but because there is so much hand wringing and head shaking and doom-saying that I have already had enough of it this morning. I’ll have something to say, probably next week. Besides, BN has made a couple of announcements that have me shaking my head and wondering what the heck is going on.) I […]

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Into the cornfield — not

Just when you think the idiocy of the knee jerk reaction to anything Amazon does, or doesn’t do, can’t get any worse, you find it. Today’s reaction comes from the typical crew of Amazon haters. I’d been expecting them to whinge and whine about news that Amazon was introducing same day delivery for some items in certain markets. After all, what could be worse than — gasp — making your customers happy […]

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Quit whining when you get caught breaking the rules

Almost every author who has ever considered going indie, every small press that has weighed the different options of getting e-book titles to the public has read any number of terms of use documents. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes, Smashwords and others all have their own set of rules that have to be followed. The rules deal with what sort of files you need to upload, what royalty rates are and […]

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A few Saturday morning thoughts

This is going to be a quick post this morning for a couple of reasons. The first is that the dog that apparently lives in my computer ate a final edit I’d done of someone else’s work and now I’m having to recreate it. It’s one of those situations where I know I backed it up. I’m obsessive about that sort of thing. But I either did it under a name that […]

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The Glamour’s Worn Thin

(Cross-posted from Mad Genius Club) I’m a little late posting this morning because I’ve been going round and round about what to write. Dave did such a wonderful job yesterday discussing his thoughts on Mike Shatzkin’s blog about what he thinks will happen if the Department of Justice’s possible antitrust investigation into Apple and five of the big six publishers causes the agency pricing model to disappear. I’ve already covered my thoughts […]

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And another casualty of teh stoopid

One of my main beefs with big box stores is the way corporate bean counters have taken away local and regional discretion on ordering books for a store. There once was a time when a store manager could place an order for multiple copies of a book to be sold at that store because a local author sold well. Those same managers could order enough books for a teacher’s class if needed […]

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