For as long as UK bookseller Waterstones sold Kindle hardware, it also ran its own ebookstore where it sold Epub and audiobooks through an OverDrive-powered ebookstore. But then the Kindle displays were chucked last October, and now the ebook section of the Waterstones website is also on the scrapheap.
The ebooks are gone, and soon the customers' accounts will follow. Waterstones informed its customers by email that their accounts will soon transfer over to Kobo. The email is embedded at the end of this post, and the text is largely echoed on a help page on the Waterstones website.
Kobo has released the usual bland statement, citing CEO Michael Tamblyn as saying: “We are pleased to be working with Waterstones, where we can help a great print retailer by supporting their customers who also love to read digitally. We look forward to ensuring that customers who have built e-book libraries with Waterstones will be able to enjoy them in the future with Kobo.”
And so another bit player has sold out, and handed their customers to Kobo just like Blinkbox, Sony, and other also-rans. This leaves the UK consumer ebook market to Amazon, Kobo, and Amazon, with Apple and Google somewhere in 4th and 5th place.
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The Waterstones eBooks store is closing, but we have partnered with Kobo to ensure that you will still be able to access your library of eBook titles purchased with us.
On 14th June 2016 we will send you an email with a personalised link to transfer your eBooks to Kobo.
You will also be able to access your current library on Waterstones.com from now until Monday, 13th June 2016, to ensure we do not interrupt your reading experience.
Rakuten Kobo Inc. is one of the world’s fastest-growing eReading services, empowering booklovers to read more. With Kobo, you’ll enjoy easy, instant access to their eBookstore of over 5 million of the world’s best eBooks that can be read anywhere, on any device. Plus, you’ll earn Kobo Super Points rewards with every purchase.
So, from the team at Waterstones, we want to extend our thanks to you for using our service and we wish you a happy reading future with Rakuten Kobo.
If you are happy to move your library, you don't need to do anything. In doing so, we will assume you are happy for us to share your Waterstones library with Kobo, so they can provide us with your personalised link to take you through to the library transfer process
If you do NOT wish to transfer your library to Rakuten Kobo, please click here.
If you do not receive the link to transfer your library on or soon after, Tuesday 14th June 2016, then please visit our Contact Us pages to get in touch.
Please check the Frequently Asked Questions page if you would like more information.
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