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Old 11-06-2013, 11:48 AM   #1
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Amazon Source makes it easy for independent bookstores and small retailers to earn additional revenue by selling Kindles

Booksellers can receive 10% of the price of Kindle books purchased from the devices they sell

The first order is worry-free for retailers—Amazon will buy back the inventory for up to six months after the first order, no questions and no penalties
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:14 PM   #2
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This is interesting looks like they are following in Kobo's footsteps.
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:24 PM   #3
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Their own too.
They've been doing it in the UK for a while now.
Google tried it first but it tanked.
Makes lots of sense for Amazon cause most bookstores won't even think of it.
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Their own too.
They've been doing it in the UK for a while now.
Google tried it first but it tanked.
Makes lots of sense for Amazon cause most bookstores won't even think of it.
Didn't know they already did it in the UK. I know Kobo had an agreement with a local supermarket chain to distribute their readers for a % cut of books bought with the devices.
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Didn't know they already did it in the UK. I know Kobo had an agreement with a local supermarket chain to distribute their readers for a % cut of books bought with the devices.
That is the core of the Kobo approach: local partners do the promotion and sales and Kobo does the big stuff at the back end and provides a global brand and visibility. To the retailer, selling Kobo is a longtime selling a house brand but with less effort and better market image.
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In the UK they've done it through Waterstones - but most purchasers get the device, then buy books from Amazon, not Waterstones !

Why ? Well, everything I've price-checked on the two stores show a substantially higher price from Waterstones ........ and in these times, that's a no-brainer.

So Waterstones, having taken a small cut from selling the device, are not a lot better off, I'm sure - and have introduced a lot of new buyers to Amazon !

I fear this was a very sad move by the UK's last major independent bookseller .
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It will be interesting to see how many indie bookstores decide to offer both a $119 Kindle PW2 and a $149 Kobo Aura. Both have 6 inch screens.

I think my Kobo eReaders are superior to my Kindle PW on the level of the user interface but I suspect most new owners will simple let the price decide without appreciating the aesthetics of the Kobo devices. It seems almost like a classic PC versus Mac contest.

The Amazon offer does promise the bookstore a bigger share of the profit, offering 10% of the price of the book, not of the profit, which is heavily discounted at Amazon. However, the fine print says this only applies to books purchased through the device bought at the store (I don't know how many people buy their books on their Kindle but if they are like me, not many do) and it only applies for the first 2 years.
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Old 11-06-2013, 01:58 PM   #8
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It's taking them awhile.

What carpetmojo says about Waterstones confuses me. Do they mean that Waterstones has a separate ebook store people can buy ebooks from? From what they say in the press release and on the page, it doesn't seem to be the case? Or do you mean physical books?

Anyway how do these terms compare to Kobo's terms? Does Kobo also have a six month buyback period (is that usual in the retail world?) and do they also give a 10% cut?

I found this article about how independent bookstores are doing with Kobo's program. It seems at least the device discount is more generous, but it seems the book discount is less?

http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2013...e-still-small/
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Waterstones has an eBook store where they sell Adobe DRM'd ePub's. They also get a cut from Amazon on any books bought through a Waterstones branded Kindle.
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In the UK they've done it through Waterstones - but most purchasers get the device, then buy books from Amazon, not Waterstones !

Why ? Well, everything I've price-checked on the two stores show a substantially higher price from Waterstones ........ and in these times, that's a no-brainer.

So Waterstones, having taken a small cut from selling the device, are not a lot better off, I'm sure - and have introduced a lot of new buyers to Amazon !

I fear this was a very sad move by the UK's last major independent bookseller .
Don't be so sure.
People willing to buy Kindles at Waterstone's were likely going to buy one anyway. Those in love with interoperability and all the superior features of epub would never give money to Amazon and thus won't mind a higher price. Bottom line, Waterstone's makes some money from both customer bases.

Their business is marginal enough without leaving good money on the table over principles. That's not how the money-grubbing game is played.

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For me this is incremental suicide. For how long will booksellers remain independent if they get lots of money for nothing from the world's biggest bookseller.
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If I would find a Kindle in an independent bookstore I would turn around and run. And never drop a Euro in this shop again. Except if they pay me 10% for each book which I don't buy with a Kindle. This is the suicide part. And in the end I'd buy a Kindle somewhere else.

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In the UK they've done it through Waterstones - but most purchasers get the device, then buy books from Amazon, not Waterstones !

Why ? Well, everything I've price-checked on the two stores show a substantially higher price from Waterstones ........ and in these times, that's a no-brainer.
No, you misunderstand the way it works. The Waterstones bookstore is an ePub bookstore, so naturally someone who buys a Kindle isn't going to buy books there. Waterstones receive a commission on books bought from the Kindle store from a Kindle bought from Waterstones.

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What do you mean by "independent"? Waterstones are a large company currently owned by a Russian venture capital group.
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Exactly that's why I would run.
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I'm afraid your logic eludes me. Why would you run?
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I'd expect the small print has a clause where Amazon only pay a % of kindle ebook purchases for X years. After that time Amazon keep 100% and that customer will now probably buy all their books via Amazon including the odd paperback.

The bookstores have to hope that when it comes time for that customer to upgrade to a new kindle they do so at a B&M store so they can get a new % going for a few years. If not, their customer base will slowly shrink. Assuming Amazon haven't grown their customer base to their target and decide to stop the % share for future purchases.

Perhaps my experience is different from the norm, but I bought my kindle in a B&M store and have never been back as my purchases for ebooks are via Amazon now (although I occasionally buy elsewhere and convert). Had this scheme been in operation then, they'd have had a short time of getting money from my purchases and then lost me as a customer.

Now if they sell epub and the readers they sell are epub readers, it makes a little more sense. There's a chance a customer will buy books from their store and not the device makers store, but with Amazon that's a lot less likely imo since the books would need to be sold DRM free in order to get them on the kindle without Amazon's support and there's still too many publishers not willing to part with DRM.

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