Barnes and Noble Exiting Bookstore Business?

Why Is Barnes and Noble Getting Out of the Bookstore Business? - The Daily Beast: " . . . closing bookstores is a good way to save money. It pains me to say this. Some of the happiest hours of my childhood were spent curled up behind the shelves of two bookstores--Shakespeare and Company and Murder Ink--on New York's Upper West Side. But the sad fact is that Amazon is crushing the margins of physical retailers, including bookstores, in two ways. Fewer customers are coming to the stores, as people let their fingers do the walking instead. And Amazon's low prices have forced retailers to cut their prices to stay competitive. As a result, many stores are unprofitable, borderline profitable, or experiencing declining revenue. It's true that having a physical bookstore around probably means that more books get sold. But it doesn't seem to be true that those extra book sales produce enough revenue to cover the cost of all that lovingly organized and curated real estate. . . . Don't count Barnes and Noble out entirely.  Their college bookstore business still seems to be strong, and they may be able to reimagine their way to a higher-value, more premium experience.  But doing so will almost certainly mean shrinking, down to a manageable number of premium outlets with a specialist staff.  Which means, alas, closing bookstores and getting rid of those expensive leases before they drag the company under."

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The mystery of Arthur Kingsley Porter
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Lance Armstrong Sued for Lying | - JDSupra: " . . . Consumer lawsuits over falsified memoirs are rare, without a strong track record of victories in the courtroom. “In my opinion, the best legal argument for the plaintiffs is consumer fraud,” says Eric D. Morton, a business and intellectual property attorney with the Law Offices of Eric D. Morton. “The theory being that Lance Armstrong produced a book that was purportedly true (non-fiction) when, in fact, large portions of it were lies (essentially fiction).” There are a few recent precedents for litigation over fabricated memoirs. James Frey, author of “A Million Little Pieces,” settled a consumer fraud class action by offering a refund to customers who bought his ostensibly-true book only to learn that it was mostly made up. Then last year a judge dismissed a suit against Greg Mortenson over his books about school building in Pakistan and Afganistan, “Three Cups of Tea” and ”Stones Into Schools.” Mortenson had been outed as a liar by author John Krakauer, but a judge called the lawsuit alleging fraud and racketeering to boost book sales “flimsy and speculative.” The Armstrong lawsuit will test the law on fraud and memoirs anew, with a new set of facts. “Consumers were induced to buy a work on the premise that was false,” Morton says. “Those facts could also support causes of action for unfair business practices and false advertising. I’ll be interested to see how the case plays out.”

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