Barnes & Noble refusing to stock all books printed by Amazon

I’ve been watching this battle for a while, wondering how B&N was going to respond to Amazon’s fearsome grab for industry power.

B&N has over 700 stores across the nation. That’s gotta hurt Amazon. However, Amazon publishes very few books that B&N would sell – that any bookstore would sell, really. Amazon’s publishing arm, CreateSpace, is largely comprised of self-published books. Bookstores do not stock self-published books (unless it is a local author or someone is sleeping with someone).

Speaking of  independent bookstores, you can bet your patootie that none of them are going to step into the retail void B&N leaves. Amazon has about killed independent book-selling.

What do you think, y’all? Will the prospect of no sales through B&N dissuade writers from using CreateSpace to publish. (For free, by the way; anyone can upload their book for free and – bingo – published author!)

Would you let go of the easy publish through Amazon in hopes of  being stocked at B&N?


Author: allehall

I am a writer. I write to explore childhood: literary essays and short fiction, journalism, and three haiku. My published work expresses my belief that everything which did or did not happen to me as a child is manifesting in everything that is or is not happening to me today. More importantly, it is also manifesting for my children. I believe funny is the new navel-gazing, and that the best funny keeps a penny's worth of serious in an accessible pocket. Little-known fact: I have a completed novel decorating the inside of a desk drawer. Perhaps it is not funny enough.

2 thoughts on “Barnes & Noble refusing to stock all books printed by Amazon”

  1. Thanks for the shot in the arm, WIS.

    I’ve been getting a lot of comments on this discussion at The majority of authors are in your column.

    I’k acknowledge, however, that many of those comments are left by authors who have already self-published. Some are still working on their books. But no one has identified herself as having published through a traditional press.

    I wonder self-publishing is gaining respect with authors in proportion to authors’ confidence with self-publishing.

    We shall see what the industry has to say about that …

  2. I’d still go with Amazon. I figure I have a better chance of selling books on Amazon and Kindle. I’ll make more per sale for one. Maybe B&N will carry my book when it is reprinted by the big publishers. Cool blog, Alle!

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