Amazon’s first store: Amazon Physical Bookstore

Published: November 3, 2015

Amazon’s first store: Amazon Physical Bookstore, Two decades after it started selling publications online, Amazon is switching up its game and opening up its first physical bookstore.

The online retail giant will open the doors of its first brick and mortar store, “Amazon Books”, on Tuesday at University Village in Seattle.

Described as a “physical extension of Amazon.com”, Amazon Books will offer titles that have been chosen based on the e-commerce site’s own customer ratings and sales. The Seattle-based store will have up to 6,000 titles, according to The Seattle Times, however no additional stores have been mentioned.

To emphasize the store’s personal touch, books on display will have a customer rating and review attached.

“We’ve applied 20 years of online bookselling experience to build a store that integrates the benefits of offline and online book shopping,” Jennifer Cast, vice president of Amazon Books said in a customer email.

On top of this, literature sold at Amazon Books will not differ in price from its online price tag. Despite this news adding further pressure onto traditional book retailers and publishers, not everyone sees Amazon as such a threat.

The chief executive of publishing house, Bloomsbury, told CNBC in October that there was “no fight” with Amazon, as like many other online retailers, Amazon offers books “24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

“There is no fight with Amazon in our place. The fact is, is that they are selling huge numbers of our books and are good to work with,” said Nigel Newton, Bloomsbury’s CEO.

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