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Entries Tagged as 'Book retailing'

Newsagents helping to make The Drover a best seller

December 17th, 2014 · No Comments

Alice Mabin’s book, The Drover, is doing stellar business for Australian newsagents after bookshops rejected it. I have it in my newsagencies – it’s an excellent book. Some customers are buying it for the history. Others buy it as a gift. The Drover is an excellent opportunity for our channel. I urge more newsagents to stock […]

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Tags: Book retailing · Newsagency opportunities

Wonderful note from the author of The Drover

December 12th, 2014 · 2 Comments

I received a wonderful note from Alice mavin, author of The Drover – a coffee table book I strongly recommend newsagents stock My name is Alice Mabin and I am the author of The Drover. I was at newsXpress Beechworth today and Vaughan showed me the post you put on your newsagency blog. I just […]

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Tags: Book retailing · Newsagency opportunities

Terrific product for newsagents in cattle country

November 27th, 2014 · 8 Comments

This is a product tip I heard about from Peter at newsXpress Emerald.  The Drover by photographer Al Mabin is a wonderful photography book documenting a 2,000km cattle run of 18,000 head of cattle through two states. It’s selling exceptionally well at newsXpress Emerald and could sell well in other cattle country areas. Here are reasons for […]

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What a waste Bauer distributing this Ripley’s book

November 13th, 2014 · 13 Comments

The anger from the newsagent reporting receiving this Ripley’s book from Bauer’s network Services this week was palpable. The RRP $29.95 title had no place in the scale out from a magazine distributor. Newsagents can get books like this elsewhere at 50% and more GP and with more control over supply. Any book supplier using […]

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Tags: Book retailing · magazine distribution

Moving from print to digital for books

November 8th, 2014 · 5 Comments

While I have completely switched from print to digital for news and special interest magazine content, I have continued to only read books in their print form. I read a lot and the print experience provided time away from a screen. I like the ease with which I con interact with the book and appreciate […]

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Tags: Book retailing · Media disruption · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management

Relay gives a lesson in retail product placement and promotion

November 7th, 2014 · No Comments

Relay stores at airports in Australia are always worth a visit. They are in traffic rich locations and need their displays work at drawing people into the store. This display at their Canberra outlet is on the corner of the lease line. I stood across from the store for five minutes and saw four people […]

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Tags: Book retailing · Tactical display · visual merchandising

Cool kids book nook

July 28th, 2014 · No Comments

Check out the very cool kids book reading and sales nook I saw in a bookshop at Auckland airport. It was in the centre of the shop – a play area kids could be within easy view of parents browsing the shop. Out of shot in the photo is a couple of kid-size seats.  Very […]

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The bright book shop beckons tonight

June 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

I had to visit this bookshop tonight on Mary Street in Brisbane tonight. At 5:20pm the street was dark and this shop stood out. The brightness of the lighting says something about the business. It made me feel I was certain to find a good book there. Call me crazy but I connected the brightness […]

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Tags: Book retailing · Newsagency management

Magazine distributors should not distribute books

April 15th, 2014 · 10 Comments

I was surprised to receive this book with magazines yesterday. We don’t sell books –  not full price titles and not for 25% in gross profit. We need to be able to stop products like this being sent to us without out approval. As it stands we have to pay to send back this stock […]

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Tags: Book retailing · magazine distribution · Ugh!

The evolving bookshop, the evolving newsagency

March 13th, 2014 · No Comments

I spent some time at the Dymocks flagship store in Sydney earlier in the week and was surprised at how far it had evolved from a traditional bookshop offering. While they still sell books, they have a strong representation of gifts, cards, social stationery, gadgets and toys / games. The photo shows part of their […]

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Pressure on remainder / discount books continues in 2014

February 10th, 2014 · 3 Comments

There was a time not so long ago when we could rely on remainder book sales three or four times a year to deliver excellent good-margin revenue. Those days are gone with landlords signing up deep discounters for outposts. Whereas newsagents would tend to run catalogues with prices delivering healthy margins, today’s book discounters pitch […]

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Tags: Book retailing · Newsagency challenges · Newsagency management · newsagency marketing · newsagency of the future · Newsagency opportunities

Making money from the Rudd v. Abbott contest

August 23rd, 2013 · 1 Comment

We have the David Marr Power Trip Rudd v. Abbott book next to our newspapers. This is perfect placement and perfect timing for the book – delivering nice extra margin dollars when purchased on impulse by a newspaper shopper. This is a good example of paying attention to what we sell and locating product for […]

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Online competition for AWW cookbook sales

August 6th, 2013 · 2 Comments

Newsagents concerned about falling sales for Australian Women’s Weekly cookbook sales may want to check out OZSALE, a member based online discount site. On the site yesterday were plenty of AWW cookbooks including some titles currently in newsagencies for a much higher price. While I am sure those managing the newsagency channel within Bauer will […]

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Tags: Book retailing · Newsagency challenges

All Books For Less in administration

August 1st, 2013 · 4 Comments

T.B. CLARK BOOK BARGAINS PTY LTD, the company operating the All Books For Less retail group, has gone into external administration. Some stores are closed and some have already been taken over by other operators.  This will be good news for newsagents located near All Books For Less outlets. Stand alone book retailing is tough. There is […]

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Challenges for Barnes and Noble

July 11th, 2013 · No Comments

While book retailers have their challenges, US book retailer Barnes & Noble have additional challenges as Laura Hazard Owen writes at paidContent. 0 likes

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Book supplier Hinkler disrespects newsagents in Woolworths Naplan move

March 13th, 2013 · 34 Comments

Newsagents who took on the Naplan educational book range from book distributor Hinkler have been surprised to see the same range at Woolworths check-outs at a 10% discount. Had they been told Woolworths would stock the Naplan books, newsagents I have spoken with have told me that they would not have taken on the product. […]

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Tags: Book retailing · Ethics

Challenges for the Nook device

March 1st, 2013 · No Comments

There is plenty of coverage online about challenges for the Nook ebook reader sold in the US by Barnes and Noble. The challenges are not limited to the Nook as there is a battle between device manufacturers for ‘ownership’ of the reader channel. As tablet computers become lighter and have a longer battery life, readers […]

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Tags: Book retailing · Media disruption

More on bookshop challenges

January 31st, 2013 · 1 Comment

Further to my post yesterday about bookshops, take a look at the report in the Courier Mail yesterday about bookshops in Brisbane and their use of an e-book kiosk. Maybe I’m missing something here. I can’t understand people going to a shop to purchase what they can download from anywhere. 1 likes

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Tough times continue for book stores

January 30th, 2013 · No Comments

Reports were published in the US yesterday that book retailer Barnes & Noble plans to close a third of its stores over the next ten years. I expect a look back in ten years time would wonder at such an under estimation. The Barnes & Noble model of mega book store is challenged in terms […]

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Tags: Book retailing · Newsagency challenges

Barnes & Noble giving ebooks away

December 24th, 2012 · No Comments

US book retailer is running an interesting promotion, giving away an ebook with each purchase of an ebook from a list of selected titles. It’s an in-store offer, potentially driving store traffic. paidContent has more on this story. Book retailing is facing extraordinary challenges, even for those playing in the digital space as Barnes & […]

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The Submissive – an opportunity for newsagents

November 16th, 2012 · 13 Comments

1,200 newsagents are set to be sent a small quantity of stock of The Submissive, an erotic novel in the vein of Fifty Shades of Grey. It’s being allocated to Nexus newsagents and some other key newsagent accounts through Gotch. This is an excellent commercial opportunity: 50% margin, sale or return and delayed billing. Cover […]

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Tags: Book retailing · Newsagency opportunities

Are you selling Fifty Shades of Grey?

September 25th, 2012 · 21 Comments

Fifty Shades of Grey is the bestselling book ever in Britain. Other books in the series, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed are also bestsellers, selling millions of copies. I’d be curious to know whether any newsagents have been selling the books or any products that leverage interest in the books. Massive trends like this […]

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Tags: Book retailing · Newsagency opportunities

Slim increase in book sales in the US

July 19th, 2012 · No Comments

BookStats has reported a half a percent increase in book sales in the US last year while e-books sales increased almost three fold in the same period. PaidContent has more on this. Book sales in Australia are still resettling following the collapse of Red Group – Borders and Angus and Robertson.  In the newsagency space, the […]

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Promoting books with magazines

April 20th, 2012 · No Comments

We have reconfigured the entrance to our magazine aisle and brought in a table of remainder books. This change is part of a series of changes we have made this week to accommodate Mother’s Day products and to generally change up the shopping experience in the newsagency. The book table has a lower profile than […]

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Tags: Book retailing · magazines

The e-book opportunity for small nimble publishers

January 19th, 2012 · No Comments

Check out the blog post by Source Books about their extraordinary growth in 2011. It is terrific that they are so public with their numbers ands that they explain the place of e-books in the world of book sales. Check out their other bog posts and you zoo get a feel for how they are […]

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Tags: Book retailing · Media disruption