New Unfair Competition?

April 2002
by Jan Nathan

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As if the world of independent publishing wasn’t difficult enough, I just read the following in PW Daily, the online version of Publishers Weekly (dated 2/21/02):

Oh Pioneers!: B&N Execs See Publishing as the “Next Great Frontier”

[Alan] Kahn noted that “Len [Riggio] and I are convinced that publishing is the next great frontier” for B&N. He said the company’s publishing program will grow sales incrementally, rather than merely replacing sales. Areas that the company will initially focus on are children’s and popular general-interest titles in hardcover and trade paperback formats, Kahn said. The company will also continue with its promotional and reprint business.…

Echoing Kahn’s “great frontier” comments, Len Riggio said the publishing program will focus on bringing more properly priced and better packaged books to market. He said he hoped publishers will follow “the new paradigm” that B&N plans to bring to the publishing business. And while Riggio said he has “no plans at the moment to buy a publishing company, that doesn’t preclude us from putting our money where our mouth is….’ ”



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