Riding the colossal success of the Kindle, Amazon is gearing up to emerge from the virtual world into the real one. In its home base of Seattle, Amazon plans to open a physical store (a la Apple, Inc.) and showcase its ever-expanding line of e-reader products.
Pros: Now Amazon consumers will be able to physically touch and test its products before making a purchase.
Cons: With its imposing online only presence, Amazon has flourished in comparison with traditional retailers who are burdened with expensive leases. Will Amazon (or its prices) falter with this added expense?
Watch out Apple, Barnes & Noble, and every other major gadget retailer, Amazon is coming to town!
QUESTION: Are you a fan of Amazon or concerned about their possible world takeover?
On one hand, I think that’s great so customers can see what they’re buying. Ont he other hand, I love Amazon’s prices and I don’t want them to go up! I guess I’m torn
I’m just goint to go out on a limb here and say that Amazon having physical stores does scare me a little. Amazon makes Walmart look like Mother Theresa. Don’t buy a Kindle! Buy a Nook and support ethical industry practices.
That’s hilarious. B&N says they won’t carry Amazon published books in print and Amazon’s like…well, then let’s just see what we can do about that shall we? B&N is probably pretty mad right now. They are really going head to head.
Feels like a mistake to me. Bezo’s created Amazon by being a futurist and seeing that people would flock to an online bookseller. Now he is doing what all of the dinosaurs did. I predict it will have a slight popular opening and then die down until becoming a burden and loss. Time will tell…
I agree with Lorna. By buying a Nook instead of a Kindle, I’m able to purchase eBooks through my local independent booksellers. I’m lucky to live in an area with many independent bookstores–they contribute to the local literary scene with readings, book groups, and lots of other events that bring readers and writers together. In the long run, I think Amazon is hurting writers, publishers big and small, and ultimately, readers.