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Notjohn

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Behold the nation's fourth-largest bookstore chain
Posted: Dec 30, 2017 4:27 PM
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Says the NYT today, in the course of mourning the demise of America's fourth-largest bookstore chain, a Midwestern outfit called Book World:

Here is one way to measure the upheaval in bookselling: Replacing Book World as the fourth-largest chain, Publishers Weekly says, will be a company that had no physical presence a few years ago. That would be Amazon, which having conquered the virtual world has opened or announced 15 bookshops, including at the Time Warner Center in Manhattan.

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook. Each does one thing well and the other thing poorly.)

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Moshe Ben-Or

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Re: Behold the nation's fourth-largest bookstore chain
Posted: Dec 30, 2017 6:44 PM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
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Next step -- print on demand machines in the store.
Ralph E Vaughan

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Posted: Dec 30, 2017 7:06 PM   in response to: Moshe Ben-Or in response to: Moshe Ben-Or
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Moshe Ben-Or wrote:
Next step -- print on demand machines in the store.

The Espresso Book Machine has been available for more than ten years. Despite the ability to print and bind a book in three minutes it has not worked out as hoped.
Moshe Ben-Or

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Posted: Dec 30, 2017 10:45 PM   in response to: Ralph E Vaughan in response to: Ralph E Vaughan
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The Espresso Book Machine has been available for more than ten years. Despite the ability to print and bind a book in three minutes it has not work out as hoped.

Because the business is primarily about marketing. The machine is just a tool. In order to work, the tool must be integrated into a complete business model. Amazon is uniquely positioned to do this.
C. Gold

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Posted: Dec 30, 2017 10:54 PM   in response to: Moshe Ben-Or in response to: Moshe Ben-Or
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That would rock! File a POD request and watch it print your book. Ooh!
writerbn

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Re: Behold the nation's fourth-largest bookstore chain
Posted: Dec 31, 2017 5:07 AM   in response to: C. Gold in response to: C. Gold
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C. Gold wrote:
That would rock! File a POD request and watch it print your book. Ooh!
If you're ever in the Boston area, go to the Harvard Book Store in the square. They have an Espresso machine. They also run an annual contest for short fiction writers, and the winning entries are compiled into an anthology that's printed off the machine.
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