The last big bookseller

01/18/2013 | Knowledge@Wharton

Barnes & Noble is the last bookseller standing, but it's still unclear whether there's a future for its box-store business model. Niche, independent bookstores might be better placed to compete against cheap online retailers, experts say. "Barnes & Noble has to ... do what online can't do -- social interaction, physical presence and experience," says Barbara Kahn.

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