Barnes & Noble

Pulp Friction
New Republic

Discusses the impact of Barnes & Noble, which is in serious financial trouble, closing on the publishing industry, books, and reading.

Quotes of note:

"Even on the brink of closing, Barnes & Noble still accounts for as much as 30 percent of all sales for some publishing houses."

"The retailer provides much of the up-front cash publishers need to survive, in the form of initial orders. Most independent bookstores can’t afford to buy many books in advance; a single carton of 24 books would represent a large order."

"But Barnes & Noble is essential to publishers of literary fiction—the so-called “serious” works that get nominated for Pulitzers and National Book Awards."