Meanwhile, at Barnes & Noble…Columbus Day sale

Meanwhile, at Barnes & Noble…Columbus Day sale

Sure, some of you may be wondering if Barnes & Noble is really still a competitor with Amazon, but when you think about it…isn’t everybody? 😉

Well, they are pretty much the last of the dinostores (the large chain bookstores where the main attraction was the number of books they carried…the B. Daltons, WaldenBooks, Borders…), if you don’t consider Books-A-Million in the same group (and I don’t…and I’m a former  brick-and-mortar bookstore manager). They also still have an e-bookstore. Perhaps significantly for my readers, they can still impact Amazon through its price-matching policies.

In this

press release

they announce a “Huge Columbus Day Weekend Savings In-Store and Online, October 8-10”.

Hm…as I look at their listing more carefully, I don’t know that’s going to help Kindleers that much. The discounts for books seem to be mostly in-store, and I don’t think Amazon is matching that.

  • 50% off “Must Reads”…but in-store only
  • 30% off the Maze Runner series…in-store only
  • Buy one, get one half off in-store and online…but that’s on coloring books
  • Buy Where the Sidewalk Ends and get collectible editions of some things for $5…but they are B&N exclusives

The rest of the discounts aren’t on books, which seem to me like they are becoming a smaller part of the B&N business.

Barnes & Noble is also having a sale for Pre-K-12 teachers and administrators for October 8-16th:

press release

This is the relevant part:

  • 25% discount on personal and classroom books, toys, games, music, movies and more;
  • 10% off the list price of select NOOK devices;
  • 10% discount on all Café consumable purchases;
  • Other local giveaways, such as gift cards, books, posters, educator guides, sticker sheets, activity kits, tote bags and more.

You can get the eligibility form and shop online at

If you want to see what Kindle books are on sale, you can check here:

USA Kindle store deals on Kindle books (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.


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