Over at Daily Finance, Sarah Weinman says that Barnes & Noble had their best Christmas season in over ten years, with their retail stores up 9.7% over last year. And perhaps more importantly, their website is doing gangbusters, with "total sales for the online side grew to $228.5 million, an increase of 67% as compared to the $134 million the division earned during the same period a year ago.

Meanwhile, Publishers Weekly reports that Borders has met with publishers to try to work out a finance plan. They say it didn't go well: "One publisher said the proposal, as it stands now, 'is not going to fly.'" If Borders can't work out a plan, it's hard to see any way for them to stay in business without filing Chapter 11 or taking some other drastic measure.

And in other signs of the times, for the week after Christmas, e-book sales outdid print book sales. "It's the first time the top-50 list has had more than two titles in which the e-version outsold print," USA Today says.