Chain bookstores in Australia not doing too hot either.
Angus & Robertson and Borders are now apparently ordering books in very small quantities — “one or two at a time” — and stock is being turned over much more often. A senior book publishing source says this is affecting the company’s brand, especially Borders.
The Borders that I visit the most often in Carlton (and by most often, I mean once a month and only if I’m catching a movie at Cinema Nova) has undergone a facelift - the travel and young adult sections are segregated in their own rooms and a lot more space is devoted to fancy stationery displays. It actually feels more comfortable, so it’s a pity that there will be fewer books left to browse.