James Daunt remakes Waterstone’s

My good friends at Publishing Perspectives are running a piece I’ve written for them on James Daunt’s imminent arrival at Waterstone’s.  You can read it here.

While you’re on the PP site, check out Roger Tagholm on WH Smith Travel from last week.


2 Comments on “James Daunt remakes Waterstone’s”

  1. Great piece, Philip. Very clear. A daunting task indeed but I’m optimistic.

  2. Leho says:

    Philip agree with pretty much all of your comments. The dilemma for James must be the post January performance of the business. The Myers strategy had been running for roughly a year and recent trading was deteriorating, minus 8% and loosing share was the statement from HMV. He had had a year of gain from Borders closing and was now reliant on his own actions.

    We all want James to create a contemporary version of the historic bookshops of the past, just like Myers said he was doing. However the results suggest that book buyers may not be so nostalgic.