RE: [Yuricon] Re: barnes and noble?
- That was actually some pretty spiffy information. :) I'll be holding on to that nugget in future book shopping excursions.
Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2008 16:32:04 -0500
Subject: Re: [Yuricon] Re: barnes and noble?I was a manager at Barnes and Noble for about a year so I think I can
respond to this.
B&N only keeps the newest manga and that which is highest selling on
the shelves. Basically, it's a space thing. If something isn't
selling, there's no point in having it in your stock. Stores get a
download at least once every few weeks telling them the titles that
need to be sent back to the publisher because of poor sales. Sales
staff then pull these titles and ship them back, though oftentimes
books will be sitting on the return shelves for a week or more before
that happens. Every store is different: some are graphic novel
boutique stores where they've found their clientele more receptive to
buying manga and so they have more of a series, and more variety.
The reason you won't find the same manga titles as you might at
Borders is simply distribution. Borders uses different distributors
to facilitate their books being shipped from the publisher to the
store. In terms of graphic novels it seems like they use distributors
which are keener on smaller publishers, whereas Barnes and Noble
considers manga to be a smaller niche market and focuses their
distribution on best sellers. I'd say like sixty some percent of all
books that get shipped directly to Barnes and Noble stores come from
Random House Inc (ie. Del Rey). It used to be that they would get
shipments from St. Martin's Press (ie. 7 Seas) but it seems like they
might scaling those back. Dark Horse IS one of the major publishers
that get to the shelves quickly because Barnes and Noble uses Diamond
Distribution, but it's never seemed to be at the same pace that a
comic book store can get things from them.
Sorry for the lecture. Probably none of that answers your question,
but suffice it to say, they carry different books.
On Fri, Dec 26, 2008 at 3:52 PM, lynmarenjensen
<lynmarenjensen@ yahoo.com> wrote:
> --- In Yuricon@yahoogroups .com, "jamba180" <jamba180@.. .> wrote:--
>> Hi everybody! hopefully you all had a great X-mas and well i was
>> wondering, I received alot of gift cards for Barnes and noble. Any
>> recommendations of the kinds of yuri manga I could find there? So I
>> can add to my yuri library! please and thanks!
>> - Mary
> Barnes & Noble unfortunately has very little yuri or yaoi stock.
> That's too bad, because they're probably a better company than
> Borders in every way except for in-store stock. (They'rs supposedly
> Democrat-owned, treat their employees better, etc.) About the best
> you'll be able to find so far as yuri or yaoi in-stock goes will
> probably be "Loveless," and that tells you something. They're much
> more slanted to standard teen boy fare like "Naruto" and "Deathnote"
> and things like that. But if you can order something, do. With
> enough people ordering, maybe B&N will realize they should offer
> more yuri and yaoi in-store. (Then again, they just might be of the
> mindset that they don't have to stock that stuff because anybody
> that wants it can order it.)
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