Sweet heaven on a biscuit! Amazon opened a bookstore in NYC today and I was there!
This ripped from the internet Amazon bookstore is located in the The Shops at Columbus Circle on 59th Street near Central Park. Walking in, I felt some guilt and a little sadness because one of my favorite bookstores of all time, Borders used to have a home here on the same floor, but they have been long gone since going bankrupt in 2011. I haven’t shopped here much since then to be honest because the void of a bookstore pierced my heart to the core.
So, I tried not to smile so much upon entering, but the geek in me would not be denied.
The space is small (4000 square feet), but bright and welcoming. Teeming with reporters armed with news cameras, curious book nerds and cheerful employees, it was a little hard to get around, but I soon navigated my way to the shelves which were arranged very differently than I’m used to seeing them. All of the books are faced out. Likely to save space, but to also grab your attention.
This is where my book, 12 Hours of Daylight – A Jason Jules Novella would be shelved if Amazon chose to bless it and select it.
Okay, back to the books. Here are a few of the Amazon specialized sections that you have never seen in other stores:
What is also cool is that the shelves feature book reviews and the number of ratings each book has received on Amazon.
When it comes time to buy your selections, the store doesn’t accept cash. You can pay using the Amazon app or by credit card. If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you receive a discount on your purchases. You can look up the discount using the book kiosk (shown below) or the app:
If you’re not in New York, would you welcome an Amazon Bookstore to your city? Why or why not? Share below!
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