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Entries Tagged as 'Book retailing'

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

Casual leasing by shopping centre landlords hurts small businesses

November 25th, 2011 · 7 Comments

I have been in five shopping centres so far this week and in each one, just metres from a bookshop or a newsagency with a terrific range of books was an outpost offering cheap books.  In two instances when the newsagents affected approached the landlords all manner of excuses were given.  The fact is that […]

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Promoting Sesame Street products

October 6th, 2011 · No Comments

We are promoting activity books from Five Mile Press at the front of the newsagency (ideal for school holidays) including Sesame Street titles.  Shoppers who pass this then pass a Sesame Street plush display – the brilliant and highly successful Sesame Street Lamppost from Jasnor.  Locating the two items close together like this helps drive […]

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Tags: Book retailing · Tactical display · visual merchandising

Father’s Day Book Sale Drives Traffic

August 28th, 2011 · No Comments

We are continuing to enjoy excellent sales from our Father’s Day book sale. While we use dad themed books to drive traffic,we have an excellent range catering for all sorts of situations – for dad and beyond. Books make a perfect basket builder.  They are easily purchased on impulse.  A good range gets you known […]

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Tags: Book retailing · Tactical display

Father’s Day Book Sale off to a great start

August 22nd, 2011 · 5 Comments

Our 2011 Father’s Day Book Sale has driven excellent sales in the first few days.  The table is at the front of the newsagency, facing into the shopping mall.  On the front of the display is a selection of books targeting the Father’s Day shopper.  However, the bulk of the display is books for other […]

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Borders closure benefits newsagencies

August 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

One of my newsagencies is in a centre which used to boast a Borders store. My research suggests that the closure of Borders has added between $150 and $200 a day to our sales. This is across several categories with magazines the core beneficiary. We positioned ourselves to make the most of the opportunity by […]

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Tags: Book retailing · Newsagency opportunities

Book sales up and digital content sales up

August 3rd, 2011 · No Comments

Further to the recent discussion here about books, book sales are up by more than 20% year on year in my newsagencies.  I think that the market for remainder books will be strong for some years to come.  But it will not last forever.  As we have seen with music, the refinement of content accessibility […]

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Tags: Book retailing · Newsagency opportunities

Simple fixture drives sales

July 29th, 2011 · No Comments

This book had not sold during our recent book sale.  We had six copies left.  We sold five of the six copies in just over a week when we put it on this acrylic stand, lifting it out of the books display and giving it a moment in the sunshine. It is amazing what such […]

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Tags: Book retailing · Tactical display