Tuesday, December 14, 2010
More Bad News for Canadian Book Lovers
Last week DB Media, the Canadian branch of Direct Brands Inc., closed down due to bankruptcy. What does that mean? DB Media was a direct marketing company that operated Columbia House Canada and, more relevant to this blog, Doubleday Canada Book Club. DB media had operated for more than 70 years in Canada and was known as the largest direct marketer of books in Canada.
Not suprisingly, they blame the internet.
Which is ironic, because I actually was looking at joining through their website last year. I have an alternate theory based on the two reasons I ultimately did not join. They were:
1. The book club really didn't have enough selection for me. I barely found enough books to fit my introductory order of $1 books (plus $14.95 for shipping). I just could not see how I could justify fulfilling the obligation to buy 4 more books at cover price, plus shipping and taxes, over the next two years when I have better selection and prices elsewhere.
2. I was a former member of clubs like BMG and Columbia House movie club. Enough said.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Canadians are out of work, with no severance pay, just weeks before Christmas. Nice move guys