B&N Releases Q3 Financial Statements

Barnes & Noble put out a press release today with details on how they did for the past 3 months. It’s worth a read (if you have the soul of an accountant*). But I’m not covering it here. I have a reason for this, and it might interest you.

Let me give you an inside look at blogging.

Everyone is writing about it, so the attention I might draw is minimal. I think it’s better to devote my energies elsewhere. Also if I did write on this it would sound much like the rest of the blogs writing about it, and that would break the first rule of having a blog, which is to write original, unique content.

BTW, original and unique are not the same thing. While they are sometimes used as synonyms, there subtle differences. For example,  when you make 1500 copies of a work, it might be original but no single copy is unique (they’re all the same).

Yes, I do sometimes post stuff from elsewhere. And yes, that does break my own rule, but that’s okay. I’ve never liked rules. But the difference between the reposted and the story above is that the reposts re good work; the story above would be the same as what everyone else wrote.

* I have a couple in a jar on my desk. Want one?

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Tyler21 February, 2012

    My accountants soul tells me they did a little bit better except for college text books.

  2. CJJ21 February, 2012

    I would say they held their own against an aggressive competitor. Good for them. I’m actually surprised. Of course one quarter is a battle, the next few years is the war.

  3. Boucher22 February, 2012

    When you think that was the first quarter where there was no more Borders, you would expect a sales increase among the same stores. In fact, it should have been higher. Where did all the Borders customers go?

    1. Nate Hoffelder22 February, 2012


      1. fjtorres22 February, 2012

        Twist the knife while you’re at it. 😉

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