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Old 08-16-2016, 07:01 PM   #1
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B&N CEO Fired

Barnes & Noble fires CEO, labeling him 'not a good fit'

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The board of book store chain Barnes & Noble announced Tuesday that it has ousted CEO Ronald D. Boire, saying he “was not a good fit for the organization."

Boire, who had been on the job less than a year, will be replaced by Executive Chairman Leonard Riggio, the company announced. Riggio formerly served as Barnes & Noble CEO and had planned to stay until Sept. 14, but he has now postponed retirement until a permanent successor can be found. The company said the search for a replacement will begin immediately.

Barnes and Noble's board didn't give a more specific reason for Boire's departure, adding only that "it was in the best interests of all parties for him to leave the company.”
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Old 08-16-2016, 07:26 PM   #2
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This is number what, now?

Also, can a moderator please move this thread? It isn't "news".


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Old 08-16-2016, 08:05 PM   #3
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This solidifies my view that it is Riggio who is in charge, regardless of who has the CEO title.
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Old 08-16-2016, 08:08 PM   #4
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About time, eh?

I know nothing about the management other than they are clearly incompetent.
I used to shop there all the time, but it's has been useless for almost 10 years now....

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Old 08-16-2016, 08:35 PM   #5
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I wonder if that kills the plans for restaurants and booze sales.
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Old 08-16-2016, 08:38 PM   #6
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I thought they were putting in tattoo parlors?
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Old 08-16-2016, 11:36 PM   #7
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This is number what, now?
2002-2010 Stephen Riggio (Leonard Riggio's brother)
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Old 08-17-2016, 06:19 AM   #9
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If I had a local B&N I could put in a jewelry repair nook.
I was in Atlanta a couple of weeks ago and went to a B&N. The upstairs section used to be all fiction and a children's section. There used to be approximately 10 rows of shelves of general fiction in the center with the others on the walls. Now general fiction is two and a half rows and most of the space is taken up with toys and crap.
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Old 08-17-2016, 07:58 AM   #10
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If I had a local B&N I could put in a jewelry repair nook.
I was in Atlanta a couple of weeks ago and went to a B&N. The upstairs section used to be all fiction and a children's section. There used to be approximately 10 rows of shelves of general fiction in the center with the others on the walls. Now general fiction is two and a half rows and most of the space is taken up with toys and crap.
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B&N was a great place back in the 90's and 00's, but they forgot what made B&N so good, i.e. the experience. It was a place for people who love books. You could go and either buy or order any book that was in print. They had knowledgeable clerks who could steer you in the right direction. You could buy some books, get a cup of coffee and settle down and read. They had a pretty good customer rewards system in place as well. Adding music and movies to the mix didn't change the experience, but when they started adding toys and games, then it became less inviting to their core customers.

They really had a legit shot in the ebook market with the nook, their problem was they saw that as two separate business, when the two business should have complemented each other. I should have been able to scan in a title in the physical store and it pop up in the ebook store if they had it. If it was part of a series, they could have shown the other books in the series, or other books by that author under the book you scanned.

Look how Apple has their Apple store app integrated with the physical Apple store. I can order something on line, and pick it up at the Apple store a couple of hours later. I can pick up something in the store, scan it via the apple store app, pay for it and walk out, all without having to wait in line.

More than anything, their failure was they lost touch with their customers.
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I really miss my local B&N. I liked being able to browse the shelves, flip through pages, etc. It was the last bookstore in my local area.
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B&N was a great place back in the 90's and 00's, but they forgot what made B&N so good, i.e. the experience. It was a place for people who love books. You could go and either buy or order any book that was in print. They had knowledgeable clerks who could steer you in the right direction. You could buy some books, get a cup of coffee and settle down and read. They had a pretty good customer rewards system in place as well. Adding music and movies to the mix didn't change the experience, but when they started adding toys and games, then it became less inviting to their core customers.

They really had a legit shot in the ebook market with the nook, their problem was they saw that as two separate business, when the two business should have complemented each other. I should have been able to scan in a title in the physical store and it pop up in the ebook store if they had it. If it was part of a series, they could have shown the other books in the series, or other books by that author under the book you scanned.

Look how Apple has their Apple store app integrated with the physical Apple store. I can order something on line, and pick it up at the Apple store a couple of hours later. I can pick up something in the store, scan it via the apple store app, pay for it and walk out, all without having to wait in line.

More than anything, their failure was they lost touch with their customers.

The people in the store should have been able to help with problems with your nook such as sending it back for warranty repair. Also hardware and software problems
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This is number what, now?

Also, can a moderator please move this thread? It isn't "news".

Well, we don't have an SSDD forum to move it to.

It is somewhat amusing that I have never seen a "Similar Threads" section full of threads so freakishly similar as the one at the bottom of this page.


(SSDD means, politely, "Same Stuff, Different Day" but you get geek points if your first thought was "Single Sided, Double Density.")

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Well, we don't have an SSDD forum to move it to.

It is somewhat amusing that I have never seen a "Similar Threads" section full of threads so freakishly similar as the one at the bottom of this page.


(SSDD means, politely, "Same Stuff, Different Day" but you get geek points if your first thought was "Single Sided, Double Density.")
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B&N was a great place back in the 90's and 00's, but they forgot what made B&N so good, i.e. the experience. It was a place for people who love books. You could go and either buy or order any book that was in print. They had knowledgeable clerks who could steer you in the right direction. You could buy some books, get a cup of coffee and settle down and read. They had a pretty good customer rewards system in place as well. Adding music and movies to the mix didn't change the experience, but when they started adding toys and games, then it became less inviting to their core customers.

They really had a legit shot in the ebook market with the nook, their problem was they saw that as two separate business, when the two business should have complemented each other. I should have been able to scan in a title in the physical store and it pop up in the ebook store if they had it. If it was part of a series, they could have shown the other books in the series, or other books by that author under the book you scanned.

Look how Apple has their Apple store app integrated with the physical Apple store. I can order something on line, and pick it up at the Apple store a couple of hours later. I can pick up something in the store, scan it via the apple store app, pay for it and walk out, all without having to wait in line.

More than anything, their failure was they lost touch with their customers.

You're confusing B&N with Borders!
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