Amazon Is Opening Its First Bookstore in Manhattan

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 Amazon announced on Thursday it will be opening “Amazon Books” at Columbus Circle’s Time Warner Center in New York City later in the year. It also plans to open stores in Massachusetts, Illinois and New Jersey.

Location

The Online retail giant Amazon will be bringing its first bookstore to a neighborhood that was once known for the long-gone Coliseum Books. The area was long known to be a spot for book lovers because of Coliseum Books, before it went out of business. According to the Wall Street Journal, the store will be about 4,000 square feet and will be located at the Shops at Columbus Circle.

The company already has retail stores in Seattle, Portland, Oregon, and San Diego, with the first one of them opening in November 2015. It is also planning on opening bookstores in Massachusetts, Illinois and New Jersey.

Features

The books in Amazon stores will come with the added advantage of “customer reviews.” Customer ratings will be available on the rows of the bookshelves in the store.

The company will allow Amazon Prime members to pay less at their physical stores, providing non-members to sign up at the store.

The store will also be providing Kindle devices for purchase, as well as its other products such as Prime Bideo, Prime Music and the Lending Library.

Amazon Books isn’t the only form of expansion the company has been planning. Just last year, the company announced it will be opening the first “virtual grocery store”, Amazon Go, without cashiers or checkout counters, which operates solely on customers’ Amazon accounts.

Amazon was also recently granted a patent for Sky warehouses, where drones pick up and deliver Amazon customer orders. The company filed for the patent in 2014, received it in April 2016 and made its first drone-delivery last December.