Today’s links of interest:
- Barnes Noble to Shutter Lincoln Center Store
This is big news. Store closing due to increased rent costs. You’d think landlords would have a bit more foresight, but one supposes losing a major renter is the cost of taking a stand. In other thoughts, how long will the space remain empty?
- Borders to Sell Build-A-Bear Items as Readers Switch to E-Books
You know when you can’t tell if something is a genius idea or insane? This is one of those moments.
- Why Is Amazon So Secretive About Its Best Selling Kindle Numbers?
Why, one wonders, does this matter? Since the Kindle platform is extended across all possible devices, does the number of actual dedicated readers sold really have relevance? Better metrics are actual books sold across the platform versus one single channel that appeals only to a particular type of reader.
- Kobo Opens New York Office
Excellent news for Kobo, and congratulations to the company for hiring the extraordinary Ami Greko.
- Sparks Book Gets a Novel Promotion
So many thoughts, so little time. Very smart for Nicholas Sparks’ people to include book promotion as part of the deal when Relativity acquired the motion picture rights. Will it help? Probably. Sure doesn’t cost Relativity much to try.
- Oxford English Dictionary ‘will not be printed again’
Possibly the most interesting part of this story — seriously, of course the chances of a print edition were diminish, especially if the next version is 20 years away — is that the dictionary has never made a profit. Love that Oxford University (Press) is focused on the big picture.