According to author-journalist Stephen J. Adler, Leonard Riggio is "probably the most powerful person in the whole world of books". The statement was made in 2006, in this interview recorded at New York’s famed 92nd Street Y. While the last several years may have changed Adler’s assessment, particularly with the success of online bookselling, Riggio still wields great power: His chief company, Barnes and Noble, continues to operate, despite the death of rivals like Borders. In this interview, Riggio discusses his path to success and his take on bookselling circa 2006. Business minds should be interested in taking a peek into history.
Starting with a single college bookstore in 1965, Riggio built one of the largest enterprises in the history of American retail. He is widely known as a visionary in the book-selling industry and as a brilliant marketer and entrepreneur. Interviewer Stephen J. Adler is editor-in-chief of BusinessWeek.
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