Does anyone have any idea how much money it costs to STOCK books. Every book in stock is money spent by the bookseller waiting for the sale....
Also, Amazon would get new releases before us--how can we compete with that? (by most publishers)
Also, O'Reilly signed an exclusivity deal for the Magazine "Make" with AMAZON for the first month on a every 2 month periodical. So....we stand in front of our O'Reilly wall as a Team O'Reilly Bookseller and say "Sorry O'Reilly won't sell us Make for another month."
WE ORDERED OURS FROM AMAZON!
What happened to buy where you shop?
Also, the publisher assigns a price and sets the discount so our profit is completetly controlled by the publisher.
Our store, thattechnicalbookstore.com, ran in to that problem at the old (and out of business) San Diego Technical Books (booksmatter.com). Too much inventory to keep the customer happy and not enough of it moving out the door.
We may have to adjust is our *need it now* attitude. We can get most computer books in 2 days so if it isn't in stock why not wait 2 days...
What is fair about all of this and how much responsibility do the publishers have in helping us compete?
My answer is A LOT.
There is very little profit in bookselling unless you have the capital to maintain inventory and warehouses like the chains do.
As the daughter of a technical bookstore owner it is more than just the browsing or the pricing. It is our family's survival and there is nothing more in the world that we want than a store full of inventory and customers but with the economy how it is and the publisher's passive complicity....