- Posted by Johanna on January 22, 2011 at 7:23 am
- Category: LinkBlogging
Good news! NBC has reconsidered picking up the Wonder Woman TV show with a pilot by David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, Picket Fences, Boston Legal).
Matt at Rocket Bomber explains how bad things are in the bookselling business. He discusses how cutting payroll is a weasel decision, making the balance sheet look better at the expense of damaging the business long-term.
“Productivity Gains” are a paper illusion, and cuts in staffing save payroll dollars but also incur other costs. In retail, when you cut staff you negatively impact the customer experience. People leave because they don’t like waiting in line at the register. In a bookstore, customers wander and flop about and wait for a bookseller to engage them, and if no one walks up and asks, they’re more likely to leave than to go to the information desk and ask for help. … “productivity gains” are bought by spending customer & community goodwill, individual customer satisfaction, and employee morale, health & well-being. (I am not the only corporate bookseller who is grumbling.)
It’s a tough situation, as he goes into in detail in the article. Think of that when you decide where to buy your books or how to behave in a bookstore. I know I will.
J. Caleb Mozzocco writes a lengthy review of Cry for Justice that responds to writer James Robinson’s introduction, considers how the timing problems of the comic releases affected its eventual collection, mourns the absences from the book, and points out awful trends in current superhero comics. It’s very long but very thought-provoking, especially in considering the lack of heroism demonstrated.