Barnes & Noble in freefall

It’s not looking great for the mainstream literary and comics publishers either:

Barnes & Noble has laid off many of its buyers and plans to reconfigure its buying approach in the Waterstones’ style, which shifted to a more centralized model last year, Shelf Awareness has learned. Other headquarters staff and “some” store employees have apparently also been let go.

The B&N buyers, many or all of whom have been furloughed since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., include such longtime employees as literary fiction buyer Sessalee Hensley, who had been with B&N about 35 years; SF/fantasy and graphics novel buyer James Killen, who had been with B&N 41 years; buyer David Garber, a 25-year veteran; and Lisa Echenthal, a 28-year veteran.

This, of course, is almost certainly good for us, since our books are barely carried by the mainstream. As Amazon takes control of mainstream publishing, more and more people are going to opt out of their feeding trough model.