Waterstones Signs Deal With Amazon To Sell Kindle Devices In Store

In a move that will surprise many, Waterstones has announced a partnership with Amazon to sell that company’s Kindle devices and Kindle ebooks in Waterstones’ bookstores. The company said that they would ‘to launch new e-reading services and offer Kindle digital devices through its UK shops.’

The Bookseller reports that ‘Daunt refused to reveal the terms of the deal, but said the chain would “get a cut” when a customer bought an e-book off the Kindle device when using the Wi-Fi in Waterstones’ shops.’

A query to the company about the impact on branches in Ireland including the branches at Hodges Figgis in Dublin and the Waterstones branded stores in Drogheda, Dundalk and Cork is with the company.

James Daunt, Managing Director of Waterstones, said, ‘At Waterstones, we are committed to improving our bookshops quite radically to offer the best possible book buying experience. It is a truly exciting prospect to harness also the respective strengths of Waterstones and Amazon to provide a dramatically better digital reading experience for our customers.’

‘The best digital readers, the Kindle family, will be married to the singular pleasures of browsing a curated bookshop. With the combination of our talents we can offer the exceptional customer proposition to which we both aspire.’

Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO, said, ‘Waterstones is the premier high street bookseller and is passionate about books and readers – a dedication that we share deeply. We could never hope for a better partner to bring together digital reading and the physical bookstore.’