Barnes & Noble, Who Reads Books Anymore?
Barnes & Noble (also known as BN) is an investment that you should stay away from. Last year Barnes & Noble made a bold move, moving it’s Nook out of its locations and into Walmart stores, but still the Nook has failed to meet the necessities it needs to take in order to save Barnes & Nobles. Now, yes the Nook is proven to have better features like it’s longer battery life and reader friendlier screen, along with other great selling points. Still, Barnes & Noble is still taking hits from Apple’s iPad and Amazon’s Kindle, who are the top competitors, and are drastically dominating the industry. In fact it is likely that Barnes & Noble will take the path of the Borders company and other book stores that had to surrender to the consumer changing market.
The fact that Barnes & Noble is still here, is a major statement itself. Just remember people will always need books, and students will always need what to study from, but the way they are getting it is not the same as it used to be. And the question lay, has Barnes & Noble stepped up their game yet?
Looking at the financial part of it and on the reports from Barnes and Noble’s q10 show cash flow from operations to have gone down. When the operations statement goes down, this is usually an indication of something that took a hit, and that the company is in deep trouble. This is without looking at it’s net loss, in fiscal 2011, and 2012. According to their annual reports, in their closing fiscal year the total sales were dropping until the great recession and the economy meltdown. Afterwards their total sales picked up from 5.8 million in 2010 to 7.1 in 2012, but this was largely due to the Nook series. And we can surely say, is this enough to carry themselves over?
Now they have had a run in the past with their Nook, but again that was not is. With the launch of competitors new products that came out and affected the sales of Barnes and Noble’s Nook, such as the iPad 3, Windows 8, and the iPhone 5, it is clear that the innovation and taste for the Nook is elsewhere.
Perhaps Barnes & Nobles needs to stop following and start leading. Look at the Amazon company that ran on a net loss through most of their years during the late 90’s. It is all about the hype, and like they say, stocks trade ahead of themselves, meaning if the investors see potential and life they will follow. Something we are just not seeing from Barnes & Noble.
In the past year the stock of Barnes & Noble has traded at a low of 12.59, and a high at just 23.71 which is does not entice consumers to invest, and investors to expect more. Not to mention their Market Cap floating at around 800 million, and their margin showing a -9.95% from this past year and a -12.19% within the last two.
It’s return has been pretty good so far this year, as compared to other companies, and it also has a debt to equity ratio better than Amazon, but still not enough to get them back to the peak. As it gets colder and the holiday season is here the demand for getting cozy with a book in the magnificent Barnes & Noble local stores should indicate that this time of year is its most successful, but it is what the investors are looking for? A case where a company is just holding on from it’s Christmas, and Hanukkah sales alone.
Companies online are striving and growing in the numbers day by day, and don’t have to worry about upkeep on hot spot locations. It goes without say that one of the biggest assets to the company, as expressed in the real estate world: location, location, location. Barnes & Noble has one of the prime hot spots of most areas that attracts and will always bring in its clientele, which is an essential reason of the business they do. If this continues to happen perhaps Barnes & Noble trade in for cheaper locations?
Barnes & Noble college bookstore partnerships, the division of Barnes & Noble that works with college campuses to get books to students, a business that brings in billions of their revenues will also be an unsustainable revenue as the shift to the online market buying is here. Barnes & Noble expressed in their annual report great aspects for the cornerstone of their industry, including a 1.1% increase in sales and opening of new locations to further their success, but is this where they should be innovating and putting their time into.
Today we need to buy a lot to educated and entertain ourselves. Barnes & Nobles was a place to educate and entertain ourselves, but will it be a thing of the past? As shows, it may be a safer investment to stay away from the bookstore, and invest elsewhere.
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Another Summer Ends
Another summer passes us by.
So what does that mean to you?
It wasn't until my teen years where I started to realize that a summer is more than just another summer behind us, a year is behind us, memories are behind us, meaningful moments that changed our lives or others have left.
And we are left with some photos and a good laugh.
Now-a-days between media, social websites, and instant communications i feel it hits someone much harder than it use to.
Our world has gotten so fast that a year that passes can very well be our last of that sort.
My friend posted something on his facebook that really touched me, excuse the alterations.
This Vine Is The Winner
Top Ten Most Common Visiting Day Sightings at any Jewish Summer Camp
10. Completely staged cleanliness - clothing folded, beds made, bunks Pesadick
9. Attractive older sister visits wearing the type of outfit that if worn by a camper would have them scrubbing the Beit Medrash floor for the summer.
8. Typical father wearing the required khaki shorts, black knee-high socks and sandals and interrogating camp rabbi about son's torah learning and potential love life.
7. That camp alumni-fanatic who comes back every year, though now in his 40's, still wearing the same skin tight camp t-shirt.
6. A camp golf cart driving way too fast to address a "serious emergency" but totally able to assist someone that found an item with an unreliable hechsher in the canteen, or major camp donor accidentally found his way into an unclean port-a-potty.
5. Super Frum Family having picnic made up of tin-foil shabbos leftovers setup adjacent to Super Modern Family with freshly packed sandwiches from the bakery.
4. "Shabbos-Walk" couples pretending not to know each other when family members are around.
3. Jewish Mothers who, by the end of the day, have begun accosting strangers and unimportant staff members with the line, "You look very familiar..Are you a Goldberg? Goldstein? Goldman?"
2. The one free kid who is thrilled because his parents didn't visit him was shafted off the only camp van left for a Walmart trip.
1. The over-the-top food package, with enough Pringles to to end starvation in Africa has not even made it to the bunk.
5 Best Email Enders
The most exciting thing about emails that come across my desktop is the creativity one puts into their email signature. Today 2013, email the leader in communication stands for so much, and i'm sure it excites you when you see a peace of art on the bottom. Izak.org compiled a list of our top 5 favorite endings or middle-men lines that break off the message and introduce the signature. Enjoy.
5. Keep on Shining!
4. Yours Truly
3. All The Best
2. Happy Hunting's
1. Onward's and upwards