07 Mar '12, 9pm

Home Depot to Stop Selling Books, and My Advice to Publishers

Home Depot to Stop Selling Books, and My Advice to Publishers

This just in from Publishers Weekly : Home Depot has announced they will no longer sell books. It may be that you never bought a book at Home Depot. Last time I looked, they sold an array of how-to books on home improvement and gardening, some of which were fairly humdrum (Ortho books, that sort of thing) and some of which were the sorts of books that you and I know and love. Clearly the books weren't selling well, which is why Home Depot decided to drop them. Or maybe they were selling just fine, but Home Depot had other ideas for that section. In the announcement they say that "the move is part of a wider strategy of 'front end transformation.'" Whatever. It's over. I don't know how much hand-wringing is going on at publishing houses, but if you're a publisher of garden books, here's my advice: Help independent garden centers become better booksellers. Borders is gone. H...

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