Printing consolidation necessary:
Xerox buying R.R. Donnelley
The new on-demand publishing is only partially freed
Top Five Online Retailers
Surprised? Probably not. The huge malls are having a lot of trouble this year. Big box stores are increasingly finding profit difficult. Personally, Amazon Prime is increasingly my choice over getting dressed appropriately for public display, getting in the car, driving and parking, wandering around a square-block-size building, getting back in the car, and driving home. Plus, as I live in a small town, the store often does not stock what I need.
But we are talking about books.
So how does it look for books? I can’t remember when I last bought a book at a bookstore. The local B&N simply does not stock the books I am looking for. A search on Amazon usually gives me several choices.
There are really only two playing the game: Amazon and Barnes & Noble. In 2013, Amazon was nearly triple the size of B&N in the US. But, if you include international sales, Amazon is seven times the size of B&N. This size divergence has certainly increased in the past three years. In 2014, Amazon had 65% of the total online book sales: print and ebook. They are a little stronger with ebooks, but not much. Most of this dominance has occurred in the last decade.
Remember, ten years ago the ebook market barely existed—
and it was all PDFs.
- What would happen if Apple or Kobo bought B&N?
- Once Ingram dies (and its position is shaky), who takes its place?
- Who’s going to recognize that something like CBD is stuck with paper backs & provide a solid resource for Christian ebooks?
I have few answers, but changes like this are coming. In fact, if there is one thing we’ve adjusted to since the 1990s, change is speeding up. Something like these options is coming to a Website near you fairly soon. Right?