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?

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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 Shewrites.com/. 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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