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Take a Walk on the Wild Side

After watching Cersei's GOT walk of shame on Sunday, I got to thinking: Wouldn't it be nice if LJ had its own rebirth of sorts, and returned to exploring productive ideas on how Barnes & Noble might rebound in the current business climate? Way back when I started posting here, I made the following predictions on how BN might stay viable:

1. Comfy chairs & couches, making the bookstore a destination to relax, read, and have coffee.
2. Expanded Cafe service, including a better menu, and wine bars at certain locations.
3. Smaller on-site book selections, focused on fast-moving titles.
4. In-house POD machines, allowing immediate printing - rather than ordering.

Now, who wants to guess why I'm bringing this up again?


Jun. 19th, 2015 03:39 pm (UTC)
I'd remind Smithback of what he predicted the POD machines would do from this post back in August 2014:

"POD machines allow customers to customize books. For example, if "Watership Down" is your kid's favorite book, you can print a special copy on demand...with your own binding (like our leather bound classics), and you can add a photo of your kid on the cover...an incredible (and non-returnable) gift."

Sorry, that's not how it works. The Espresso Book Machine, which is being tested in three locations -- Union Square in Manhattan, Paramus, NJ, and Willow Grove, PA -- only does books with paperback bindings. No hardback, and certainly no custom leather binding with your kid's photo on the cover.

You're also limited to only those items in the catalog here: http://www.ondemandbooks.com/as/
Hey, guess what... no Watership Down! Their catalog consists of a lot of the same POD stuff we've always been able to order through BookMaster: self-pubbed authors, library scans, cheap hack editions of classic works in the public domain.

For certain things this is actually a really cool machine. But it's not what you predicted, Smithback. So you'll understand if I take your other rainbow-colored unicorn fart-powered predictions with a grain of salt.


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