Our B&N didn’t have it. The gal at the desk went on about demographic this and that.
Apparently we don’t rate.
Plenty of WWE rags to pick from though. It’d be a shame not to get the latest on CM Punk.
Thank God for our local library.
I hate to say this, but she's wrong and right. My B&N usually gets 2-3 copies per month, and at the end of the month they remain unsold. I think it's amazing that they continue to carry them at all since they're clearly not selling them. But apparently that is the case for a lot of niche magazines. So your store probably has the wrong demographic, but so does my store--which is in one of the wealthiest counties in the United States, with a high-tech population and a decent-sized NASA center. Interest in spaceflight is a tiny niche.
A few months back I read an interesting blog post by a guy who used to work in a bookstore. He mentioned how he once convinced the manager to stock specialty magazines near the books on that subject (he specifically referred to a magazine about fire fighting equipment called Fire Apparatus Journal
). Surprisingly, they sold out when previously the magazines never sold. He thought it was proof that people who were looking for a specific subject usually went to that section of the bookstore and discovered the magazine, but never would have looked in the magazine section. But soon the manager switched back, because corporate headquarters told him to. "Magazines belong in the magazine section, books belong in the book racks," he was told. "Individuality will not be tolerated, even if it increases sales." He went back to throwing out the unsold magazines at the end of the month.
Alas, this prompted similar stories from other people who had worked in bookstores telling about dumb orders that came down from corporate headquarters, such as an order that all book shelves had to be the same distance apart, despite the fact that a particular store had columns that prevented this--so they moved the shelves to comply with corporate policy, AND they lost shelf space!
Not too surprising, though. In any dying industry--and bookstores are certainly a dying industry (sniffle)--you will always find examples where the company pursued dumb policies that hurt their business rather than innovating in order to increase sales.