BKS has some has some good partners (AOL, Oprah, Sportsline...) and is working hard to get momentum going on the internet. I think they should do more internet basics because they are really having a problem in another element.
Look real hard at the internet numbers between Amazon and .com. .com has a very long way to go to even take more than a very small percentage of the market. Amazons numbers are staggering, in '97 they increased sales over %800 and were in the hundreds (sorry I don't have exact figures here) of millions of dollars in sales, .com (an exact figure) totaled a whole 14,601,000.00 for '97. I don't own BKS or Amazon (although I some BAMM) and think there will be a price break for Amazon in the future. Where does that leave BKS??? I think they are doing more marketing and game playing than getting it together. I do not speculate, I buy on basics, on good products not on hype - BKS is giving a lot of HYPE. Barnes and Noble is by far the best book store of its type in the world (and as a whole) bar none. They unfortunally are having a hard time integrating what they have with a more modern age, they are slow to change and plagued with schemes. So, in time if they don't get off thier asses they too might find themselves in the back seat. Hey, maybe after the spin-off of .com Amazon will come and buy BKS. I am very sure they will know exactly how to integrate the stores with the web... Sick isn't it?
By the way, that "news" about every store getting new computer systems with fancy browsers is simple BULL - I CHECKED. Some stores are getting them but I have no idea where. One would think that where I live might be a good place (South Florida) or my hometown NYC would - but nowhere I know of. When I hear a little lie I tend to mistrust everything I am told.
With all due respect, your comment regarding the new computers for B&N stores "BULL - I CHECKED" is simply bull. About 4 years ago, B&N had an outdated system for their stores that was worse than Borders, Waldenbooks and perhaps many other bookstore chains. Then something happened in one of their primary competitors computer development division that led to the primary programmer to leave that company and join BKS. Since that time, there have been many changes to the old system and plans to release the new system have been ongoing for over a year. Many stores now have the prototype, maybe in its full-form by now, but there are many older stores still waiting for the upgrade. They have apparently run into some bugs along the way. Nevertheless, it still is a planned project to release to ALL B&N stores a new, fully-integrated computer network with Pentium processors, listing of Library of Congress, and many other special features. If anything is discouraging, it's that this computer system was promised to many stores over a year ago and they are still waiting.
By the way, don't count on Amazon buying up BKS. No way.
think what you want...but the techs were in my store installing the goods ...perhaps that store already has it and thus doesnt know what youre talking about or perhaps they are a low volume store not slated for it till next yr...if youre in tx stop on by ....most stores here already have it...