I used to shop at Barnes and Nobles until I had more faith with online shopping with Amazon. I liked the physical touch of books and glancing at the books' cover sitting on the shelf.
Barnes and Nobles and other bookstores are closing because Amazon or online bookstore had taken away many of its customers. It's getting harder and harder to find a bookstore. When we thought Amazon has put physical bookstore out of business, Amazon decided to start a physical bookstore itself. I was surprised by the move among with others.
There were only 1 Amazon bookstore in the world and it's in Seattle. Well, I was in Seattle for vacation, of course, I had to see what Amazon bookstore is all about.
My family was having lunch in the shopping center, I quickly ran to the bookstore to check it out. The Amazon bookstore felt just like a regular bookstore. It's sort of compact, unassuming brown color bookshelf all around the store, and a dedicated area to display different versions of its Kindles book reader, .
The collection are mostly popular titles, local favorites, or newly releases. There was an area for kids to play and read, just like any other B&N and Borders bookstore.
The cost of the books are the same as the online store, which I was wondering how and why. I did not care, it sounds good to me.
Overall, I like this Amazon bookstore. I hope it will open at the area where there used to be a B&N or Borders. (of course, I hope they leave the independent bookstore alone.)