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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?

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(Anonymous)
Jun. 21st, 2015 09:56 am (UTC)
"In-house POD machines, allowing immediate printing - rather than ordering."

So yeah, unless some customer comes in wanting a POD title, this isn't really a viable option. No major publisher, and none of the medium-level ones either, have made either their frontlist or their backlist available for this sort of operation. So your delusions of customers stopping by the POD machine because we sold out of "Grey" or the latest Patterson aren't realistic either. Until a major publisher opens up their catalog to Espresso, for most stores this machine would be an expensive boondoggle and an unwise use of floor space.

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