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Byline: PETER BENESH
It's blockbusters. And big box stores. It's a decent cup of coffee and comfy seating. It's also market research and a keen eye on demographics.
That's the formula propelling Barnes & Noble Inc. in the competitive world of book selling, says Chief Financial Officer Joe Lombardi.
Most book selling is seasonal, he says. But for Barnes & Noble, Christmas came in June, dressed in wizard's garb.
"We sold over 1 million of the latest Harry Potter (book) in a couple of days in June," Lombardi said.
Then came Hillary Clinton's memoirs and Dan Brown's "Da Vinci Code." Those best-sellers lifted the whole bookselling industry.
The trick for Barnes & Noble is to differentiate itself from the competition, says analyst William Armstrong of C.L. …