Earlier this week Seattlite and cofounder of the Seattle Review of Books Paul Constant challenged Twitter to showroom Amazon:
Reward for the 1st person who takes a photo of themselves buying from an indie bookstore on their phone while standing in an Amazon Books.
— Paul Constant (@paulconstant) November 3, 2015
Four days later someone took Constant up on his offer. He announce on his blog The Seattle Review of Books on Friday that Alice Stieger has claimed the title of first confirmed case of Amazon Books being showroomed. Stieger was browsing Amazon Books when she found Alice Hoffman’s The Marriage of Opposites, which she proceeded to buy from Queen Anne Book Company.
She picked up the book in store the same day:
— Allison Stieger (@allisonstieger) November 6, 2015
So there you have it. Alice Stieger is the first person to showroom Amazon Books (here’s the second). She overpaid for the privilege, but that is her choice.
Would anyone care to repeat the feat with, say, B&N? What about buying from another indie, or buying an ebook from Kobo?