Daunt tells booksellers 'don't be boring' to survive Amazon era

Daunt tells booksellers 'don't be boring' to survive Amazon era

Bookshops need to avoid being “boring” and apply a “bookseller's mind” to data if they want to survive in an era dominated by Amazon, Waterstones m.d. and Barnes & Noble c.e.o. James Daunt has said.

In a keynote speech at the Futurebook conference in London's Bishopsgate, Daunt, who recently took the top job at Barnes & Noble, said the US firm's stores had suffered from being “crucifyingly boring” and had “degraded the role of the bookseller”.

He said the importance of three principles still held in 2019 – having a good bookshop with personality, filling it up with well curated stock and ...

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