1 Comment

Summary:

Books-A-Million — the nation’s second largest bookstore chain after Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) — announced today that, like B&N, it will n…

Books A Million
photo: Books-A-Million

Books-A-Million — the nation’s second largest bookstore chain after Barnes & Noble (NYSE: BKS) — announced today that, like B&N, it will not carry Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) Publishing titles in its stores.

Publishers Weekly reports, “Books-A-Million has joined with Barnes & Noble and will not carry Amazon Publishing titles, including those published under Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s New Harvest imprint.”

It’s unclear from the statement whether Books-A-Million will sell Amazon Publishing titles online — as Barnes & Noble has said it will — or if it will refuse to sell them online and in bricks-and-mortar stores. I have asked the company for clarification.

Barnes & Noble’s statement appeared predicated on the notion that Amazon would not allow it to sell Nook versions of Amazon Publishing titles. Books-A-Million’s motivation is, presumably, the same, though that’s unclear. Both chains could change their policies if Amazon allows them to sell its titles as e-books.

Books-A-Million is headquartered in Birmingham, Ala. and operates over 200 stores in 31 states — including many Southern states — and Washington, DC. (Barnes & Noble has 703 stores. Books-A-Million was the nation’s third-largest bookstore chain before Borders closed.) Books-A-Million sells the Nook as its exclusive e-reader.

  1. I’m sure once they find which idea pays the most money to both companies they’ll settle on that. Business is business as they say.

    Share

Comments have been disabled for this post