Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Can a British bookseller save Barnes & Noble?

Boston Business Journal
James Daunt, the man who will soon try to revive Barnes & Noble, once spent weeks in a noisy, arm-waving debate about the ideal angle of tilt for bookstore shelving. His opponent was an Italian showroom designer who argued, in a series of otherwise congenial meals in some of London’s best restaurants, that the shelf should be tilted 4 degrees.

Wrong, countered Daunt. The right answer is 3 degrees. Yes, the cover of a book catches a bit more light, and attention, if tilted at 4 degrees, especially on shelves below eye level. But the spine of a book starts to bend, ever so slightly.. . . more