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The 2016 Barnes and Noble Death Spiral

October 16, 2015 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Not Exactly Random  0 Comments

Barnes and Noble is closing their flagship Washington D.C. store in December.

Borders was the herald of the mega-bookstore apocalypse and everything after it is simply the end-game, including the inevitable B&N death spiral.

Borders and their other chain stores used to be the place you can go where you had local people buying and selling books of regional interest and popularity. At that one magical moment in time, they were just the right size with all the wonderful books. I could browse for hours and frequently spent $100 or more.

That gradually changed when the older bookworms were all fired because they cost too much and replaced by hippsters who would look at you funny if you asked for help. If you could find one to ask for help. Soon the store was stocked with books that didn’t mean anything to the people who used to shop there. Then they added DVDs just when digital distribution of movies started to take off (dudes, really?) and toys. Toys.

While the staff at the local B&N is actually friendly and bookish, Amazon remains a very reader-centric place to buy books. Barnes and Noble is not. They have a horrid frequent-buyer’s discount card that cost money and while they are less prone to the Borders centralized stock list, the B&N’s around here don’t stock and display their wears like the indie bookstores with their reader-centric focus on book clubs and regional best-sellers list.

And the problems with their customer service, especially with the Nook, is legion.

B&N can’t compete with Amazon’s “buy any book you can find and you can find anything.” They can’t compete with prices, and they can’t compete with the indie bookstores and their personalized customer service. It is just a matter of time, and if I was a landlord I would boot B&N out of my space as soon as their lease was up, too, because at some point they won’t be able to pay the rent.

It’s not just the landlords who need to plan ahead. If anybody has a business model that relies on B&N, now is the time to really start planning an exit strategy.

This is all very sad. And predictable.


Armageddon’s Princess Book Launch and Contest!

February 22, 2013 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Not Exactly Random, The Craft  23 Comments

Book Announcement and How to Get It

Here at Deep Mountain Studios, I’m super excited to announce my science fiction mystery, Armageddon’s Princess, is now available for to buy!

Click here to buy from Amazon: Print Edition.

Click here to buy from Amazon: Kindle Edition.

You can also buy the book right from my Amazon store here on my website!

Click here to buy the print edition from Barnes and Noble.

Add my book to you bookshelf on Goodreads (as a reminder to buy later)!

Go here to enter the Goodreads Armageddon’s Princess Giveaway for a chance at a free print book!

And finally, Amazon Prime members can download it to their Kindle (from their Kindle) for free!

Catchy Book Synopsis


Investigator Lexus Nancy Toulouse, ex-soldier extreme: finds her Libido Generator is on the fritz, learns her old warship wants to “get back together” (despite the fact she already has four husbands!), loses whatever war-torn sanity she had left in a crime reenactment and becomes the Princess Concubine to the mysterious Empress. Then, while trying on lingerie, someone tried to blow her up and she regenerated all the way back to a teenager. Now there will be lots of blood…


And an Awesome Contest! For Kindles!

Update: Contest ended!

To celebrate, we’re giving away a Kindle Fire 8.9″ HD  and two Kindle Paperwhites.

Yeah, you read that right. To enter these contests, all you need to do is:

1) To enter in the drawing for the Kindle Fire, all you have to do is subscribe to my blog. On the evening of March 8th, we will randomly pick one subscriber. That person will get the Kindle Fire. To subscribe to my blog, go to the left hand side and fill out the form that looks like this:

Blog Subscrbe

Be sure to confirm your subscription in email, or you won’t get added to the list we’re drawing from.

2) To enter the drawing for the one of the Kindle Paperwhites, all you have to do is subscribe to my monthly newsletter by clicking here and filling out the form. On the evening of March 8th, we will randomly pick one subscriber.

Be sure to confirm your subscription in email, or you won’t get added to the list we’re drawing from.

3) To enter the drawing for the other Kindle Paperwhite, all you have to do is comment on this post. On the evening of March 8th, we will randomly pick one commenter.

Note that could take 24 hours for your comment to get out of moderation.  Only one comment will count towards the drawing, multiple comments from the same person only count as one entry.

Pretty simple, isn’t it? There are no fancy point system, no complicated rules. Sign up to win, have a chance to win.

Launch Contest Q&A:

Q: Where is the contest valid?
A: The Untied States, Canada and the United Kingdom only. Sorry, Amazon limits me on which stores we can buy and ship from.

Q: What versions of the hardware?
A: The 8.9″ HD Fire 16 megs Wi-Fi with special offers, and the Wi-Fi Paperwhites with special offers

Q: Can I enter all three contests?
A: Yes. Please.

Q: How will the drawings be done?
A: Names are printed and cut out, folded, and put in a hat. We’ll hold the hat above someone’s head, and she’ll pick a lucky winner. We will drawn an alternate name, if, when we contact the first person, he/she does not have an US, UK or Canadian shipping address.

Q: What’s to stop me from unsubscribing when the contest is over?
A: Nothing!

Q: What do you blog about?
A: I blog about science fiction, fantasy, books, libertarian topics and announcements.

Q: What will be in the newsletter?
A: Mainly announcements and links to popular posts. Lightweight stuff, but a good way to get info on upcoming projects and releases.

Q: How can you run such a cool contest?
A: Because I’m a capitalist pig!


Oh, and please buy my book. Buy 100 copies. Give them to your friends. Have those friend buy 100 copies. ANTHONY WINS BOOK LAUNCH! See, it’s that simple.

Actually, purchasing the book and leaving an honest review on Amazon, Goodreads or Barnes and Noble would be a bit of the awesome, really. Unless you hate it. But I know you will love it. I hope.

And please: share this contest with everyone! Share! Share with all the peoples!

Ready? Set? GO!

Armageddon's Princess book cover

The Rehabilitated Hack Writer Does E-Books

June 22, 2010 Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: The Craft  0 Comments

I read my first non-PDF e-book the other day, end-to-end, on my HTC HD2 phone. I purposely picked a book I need to read again, just to compare the experience.  I fired up my Barnes and Noble account, synced it with my phone, and purchased the book on their website.

On my phone, I simply touched the book in my library listing and it downloaded in seconds.

From a shopping perspective, that pretty much was nirvana. If I wanted to, I could have bought the book from my phone directly.

Either way, it was incredibly easy, in fact, that I can see how the instant gratification of having the book you want show up when you want it is addicting.

I’m a sucker for a good hardcover book and I love physical books, the visceral experience in reading. I was very skeptical of e-books, especially reading e-books on a phone.

How was the actual act of reading?  I am surprised to tell you it was just fine. Actually, more than fine. The screen resolution on my phone is so good, that I bumped the text size down a notch. The text was easy to read, and changing the pages with a flick of a finger was natural.

Disclaimer: I did not purchase this phone; my company did, because we do Windows Phone development. I’m glad they did, however, because besides reading books I’ve used several of the applications, like mail and instant messaging.

Comparing the experience between paper and e-book? To me it was about the same. I can’t really share the e-book with the rest of my family, so on that account I will still purchase regular books.

What about books for me, though? I’ll always buy an e-book off my Barnes and Noble account if I can. The experience was that good, and the price seems cheaper.

Good experience. Cheaper price. I love interwebs. I love it very much.