Amazon bookstores are a curiosity to me.
This article about the Amazon Bookstore “experience” from Book Riot doesn’t paint a rosy picture of the brick & mortar operations, although further digging seems to show an inherent bias against Amazon from this particular outlet.
Criticisms aside, I hope I get the opportunity to visit one of these stores. I’m interested to see how they mesh the aforementioned “experience” of shopping on Amazon with a traditional bookstore. Even if the selection is limited, the idea of having traditional print and eBooks presented in the same shop sounds fascinating. Barnes & Noble technically does this already, but they really discourage the purchase of eBooks, while ironically trying to push Nook devices on their customers.
I believe these stores may be a short-lived experiment since Amazon recently purchased Whole Foods and could easily begin selling Kindles and eBooks to captive audiences in the checkout lines. Plus, Whole Foods already has numerous locations in the “upscale” urban areas they targeted with the initial Amazon Books roll out.
Have you visited an Amazon Bookstore? I’d be interested to know what your experience was like. Did you actually buy anything, or just window shop to investigate what it was all about?