Barnes & Noble Doing Better Than Thought, CEO Says
Barnes & Noble CEO
William Lynch went on Bloomberg TV to tell everyone that, actually,
Barnes & Noble is doing well.
Sales in the first quarter at the company's retail
stores were up, profits were up. Each of the new Nook tablets can compete
with their competitors (read: Amazon and Apple). And the company, through its
expansion into toys and games retail and its Nook business, is planning for the
As for the present, "we're actually the only place in the U.S.
to get a broad assortment of books," Lynch said.
He believes that at a
sub-$1 billion market cap the company is undervalued. We'll soon know more:
B&N announces its second-quarter earnings on Nov. 29.
theme of the interview was that Barnes & Noble is misunderstood by Wall
But, says Digital Book World, what about Grub Street? For publishers it's not really about how the
company is valued but whether it continues to be a going concern. With physical
books continuing to be the majority of those sold, and bricks-and-mortar stores the largest single
channel for book sales, the company should be viable for the foreseeable
The problem for Barnes & Noble might be that the future is getting
less foreseeable all the time.