Saturday, May 05, 2007

Dr. Livingstone I presume?

Boy and blog are re-united after a bit of a layoff.
A bit of work, some computer problems and suddenly a fair chunk of time went by.
The tricky part of course, is that I've only now picked up books again.
Conversely, Theresa, (much better half) has been on a tear, reading everything in sight.
(David Thewlis as novelist? Yes, in a couple months!)
Anyway, learning to crawl.

This shows how screwed up the book trade can be:
Waterstones, the huge British chain that's been having trouble keeping the lights on of late, has said that Harry will mean "a terrific evening of parties and events but we don't expect to make any money from Harry Potter."
Indeed that seems true pretty much everywhere, due to heavy discounting and the perception that if you are "expensive" ie. desirous of paying your bills; on Harry, then you're perceived as being expensive on everything else.
I know, it doesn't make any effing sense.
Still, the beast has been awake for awhile now.
"Retail sources said the Harry Potter series had become gradually less profitable as it had grown in popularity. “It started with the third book and by the fourth, when the films began to come out, it was unstoppable. The supermarkets succumbed to the temptation to use it as a loss leader to drive sales of £100 of groceries,” one source said. "
Gradually less profitable as it has grown in popularity.
In a retail environment like this the venerable Flourish and Blotts, one of the many charms on Diagon Alley would never have made it.
Supermarkets and Amazon would have Voldemorted them into smoking holes.

Posted by Dave

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