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E-books: Replacement for physical books, or ‘adjunct’?

Waterstones, the largest UK bookstore chain, announced this morning that it would be partnering with Amazon to sell the Kindle in its stores, rather than competing against the Seattle company with its own digital books platform as Barnes & Noble has done. Based on his comments related to the announcement, I think Waterstones managing director… Read More

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Deal with the ‘devil’? UK’s biggest bookseller partners with Amazon to sell Kindle

Six months ago, James Daunt, the managing director of big UK bookstore chain Waterstones, had this to say about Amazon: “They never struck me as being a sort of business in the consumer’s interest. They’re a ruthless, money-making devil.” At the time, the bookseller was in the process of developing its own e-reader. But this morning, Waterstones announced… Read More