Thursday, May 22, 2008

A Glimmer of Hope on Returns?

Riggio Says Time Is Right to End Returns

by Jim Milliot -- Publishers Weekly, 5/22/2008 8:24:00 AM

In Barnes & Noble’s first quarter conference call, CEO Steve Riggio gave his firm backing to looking for ways to end the traditional returns practice and predicted that it could be possible to find a solution “in a year or two.” Riggio said B&N has always been open to finding alternate ways to deal with unsold books, calling the current practice “insane” and “expensive.” Changing the returns policy would lower costs for both publishers and B&N, Riggio said. He speculated that the given the current environment, publishers might be more receptive to seriously looking to change the returns model.

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