The Irony is Almost Too Much! “Amazon Killed the Bookstore. So It’s Opening a Bookstore.”

Not kidding, folks.


[This just in from Digital Book World.  Click through and read the rest of the sordid, sorry story.  I confess that I myself many years ago owned an independent bookstore–before I went to NY and publishing.]

“Bookstore owners already loathe Amazon for gutting the cost of books online and driving so many brick and mortar shops out of business. Now, the online retailer is both beating them and joining them, with the opening of its first physical bookstore in Seattle.

Amazon Books, as the new store is called, will be like any other Main Street bookstore (remember those?), except that Amazon will use the troves of data it collects from its online customers to stock the shelves. That means its book displays will feature real Amazon book reviews, and the store will showcase books that have amassed the most pre-orders online. The books will also come with Amazon’s trademark low price tags.

“It can afford those cut-rate prices, of course, because Amazon Books is as much a bookstore as it is a billboard. Amazon’s not suddenly betting big on the bookstore business, and it certainly doesn’t need the store to be a success in order for Amazon to succeed. It’s better to think of Amazon Books as a giant advertisement. If it makes a little extra money for a $294.7 billion company, all the better. . . . ”

Much more.

About Margaret Jean Langstaff

A lifelong critical reader with literary tastes, a novelist, short story writer, essayist, book critic, and professional book editor for many years. A consultant to publishers and authors, providing manuscript critiques and a full range of editorial services. A friend and supporter of all other readers and writers. A collector of signed modern first editions. Animal lover and tree hugger. Follow me on Twitter @LangstaffEditor
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6 Responses to The Irony is Almost Too Much! “Amazon Killed the Bookstore. So It’s Opening a Bookstore.”

  1. Shocking. A building dedicated to disseminating literature. What will they think of next? (or last)

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  2. dgkaye says:

    I read this earlier this week and still can’t digest it. 🙂

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    • It is pretty nauseating, I’d say. Part of this Amazon move is related to a significant drop in ebook sales and a new rise in traditional hardbound and paperback books. If there’s a trend they can ID, they will ride the wave of it, even at the risk of seeming unscrupulous and foolish. They have no special love for books. There was a huge weakness in the distribution channel of books (I was at Ingram when we tried to address it). When Amazon entered the book market, they filled it. I was the top marketing exec at Ingram and pleaded, begged them, to sell directly to consumers, but they felt that would be betraying the 30,000 bookstores that depended on them, and declined.This was strictly a business opportunity for Bezos. Ingram could have stopped them in their tracks, they had the means and expertise, but didn’t. And here we are. Now Amazon is moving into groceries delivered by drones. Bet they’ll get into healthcare (big time) next.

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      • dgkaye says:

        It seems it’s like everything else in this world Margaret. Greed has taken over all businesses. Nothing is made to last anymore, customer service has been replaced by automated push buttons, and many who do work in live customer service personnel aren’t even well versed in their jobs because they don’t get paid enough to care. Don’t even get me started. Have you ever had to inquire about something on a bill and had to go through 10 channels until you could get to the proper authorities in order to resolve an issue? I’m guessing you have. Many companies buy up opportunities to hold a monopoly on everyone so they can do whatever they want. Most often these businesses are killing off the little guy. So, sadly, I’m not surprised.


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