B&N 'dispute with Simon & Schuster US'

In the week that Foyles c.e.o. Sam Husain called for more support from publishers, US bookselling chain Barnes & Noble has reportedly reduced its book orders for Simon & Schuster over a lack of support from the publisher.

Publishers Weekly reports that while the cause of the disagreement is not clear, B&N seems to be stocking less S&S books because of a terms dispute.

A B&N spokesperson said: “As we indicated in our holiday sales report earlier this month, sales of our core business, inclusive of books and magazines, exceeded our expectations, especially physical books. In fact, we believe we gained share in the physical book market this holiday. As the nation's largest physical bookseller, Barnes & Noble supports publishers who support our bookstores."

S&S meanwhile refused to comment on B&N, but said: “We are working diligently, as we always do, to secure the widest possible distribution for our books and to make sure they are well stocked and promoted in as many outlets as possible.”

News of the fall-out comes after the c.e.o. of Foyles Sam Husain wrote an open letter to The Bookseller calling for more support from publishers now to guard against the sector facing the same demise as HMV.