Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Barnes and Noble, You Disappoint Me



What is the purpose of a bookstore if it isn’t going to carry books?  I only ask because today I went into the Barnes and Noble in DeKalb, IL to pick up the new F. Paul Wilson book Nightworld only to find out they weren’t stocking it.  Does this make any sense to anyone?  Why on earth would a bookstore not carry a new release by a bestselling author, especially if that new release were the last book of not just one, but two bestselling series that were blended together?  And people wonder why bookstores are slowly disappearing from the landscape.  It’s ridiculous.  Not carrying a book by a bestselling author on the day of its release is like deciding not to stock chocolate ice cream at the local Dairy Queen on the first day of summer.  There is no excuse for it.  Stores that do this deserve to crumble so that others can come in and do a better job.     

8 comments:

Josh Caporale said...

The thing that angers me about Barnes & Noble is that they don't stock authentic horror fiction. I'm fine buying other novels, but it would be nice to see a selection from not just King, Koontz, and Rice. I would like to buy some books by Saul, Laymon, Keene, and plenty other overlooked writers. I still see some Saul, but in tiny portions.

The fact that Dorchester Publishing really cut back from the mass market really put a hurting to the industry, but there should surely be a Plan B.

If they could have an erotica section, they can DEFINITELY have a horror section.

William Malmborg said...

I agree. It's sad how little horror they stock. The Borders by me was the same way before they closed down. You have giant sections for everything else and then, if there is a horror section, one or two shelves that barely scratch the surface of what is out there. And they can't claim a lack of space, not when there are entire areas devoted to things that aren't even book related. It drives me crazy. There is so much out there that goes unread because of this, stuff that is really good.

Josh Caporale said...

I went to Borders before they closed down and at least their section was okay. They had a small section with the Westerns. I found Saul's and Straub's when I was there. Though there definitely needs to be more horror when you have things like magazines, games, and kiddy toys.

The best horror fiction selections in my mind are at flea markets or bargain stores. If only they have the genre more respect.

William Malmborg said...

I've done pretty well in used bookstores too and through Amazon. Last year was the first time I ever ordered anything from Amazon and I felt like an explorer discovering a new world. So many horror titles and authors I had never even heard of were suddenly one click away (well, and an unbearable shipping wait). I wanted them all. Of course, I've hit some duds, but I'd rather deal with those from time to time than not have the selection at all.

Michele (TheGirlWhoLovesHorror) said...

Oh my gosh, do you know what pisses me off about Barnes & Noble? They throw away books. Seriously. My mom works near one and she said that her and some people from her office go to the dumpster behind the store during lunch and take out books that they've just tossed in there because they can't sell them. She brought me back this great Stephen King coffee table book one time, but that's beside the point. I understand the business strategy behind this, but as a true book lover, this really hurts me! I cherish my books, the physical presence of them, and to know that they get thrown away in the garbage like that is so wasteful and disrespectful to me. There are plenty of places to donate them, I don't care if you're not making money off of it.

William Malmborg said...

Wow, I didn't know that and don't like it at all. I wonder if the one by me is doing the same thing. I have a pretty good idea where their dumpster is and may go check it out. I also wonder if this is the reason why the used bookstore by my parents house, which was just a few doors down from a Barnes & Noble used to have so many books that looked new.

Michele (TheGirlWhoLovesHorror) said...

Maybe not... Not only do they throw the books away, but they rip the front covers off of the paperbacks, probably so they can't be sold by anyone else. Isn't that so aggravating?!

William Malmborg said...

Oh, I forgot about that. Bookstores do that so they can send the cover back to the publisher as a return (at least I think that's what it counts as). With the cover off it is considered unsold and destroyed.