Amazon’s First DC-Area Bookstore Opens

I am still under an embargo and won’t even be allowed in to see the new store until tomorrow, but the Washington Post has published a guided tour of the new Amazon Books location in DC.

The store opens officially tomorrow, but the WaPo visited it last week.

Amazon’s first Washington-area bookstore is set to open Tuesday with two floors of books, electronics, toys and even juicers — but not a single price tag.

The online behemoth, which has helped drive a number of traditional bookstores out of business, is hoping its loyal online following will translate into in-store customers on Georgetown’s M Street NW, in the same building that Barnes & Noble once inhabited before shutting in 2011.

At 10,000 square feet, the store is among the largest of Amazon’s 15 bookstores. It includes 5,600 book titles — all of which are displayed with their covers facing out — as well as dozens of tablets and smart-home devices on display for customers to test. (Jeffrey P. Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon, owns The Washington Post.)

The coverage is rather ordinary; if you’ve read about the opening of the previous 14 bookstores, then you can probably guess what it says.

Amazon sells books, its hardware, and other stuff. There’s a coffee shop (it’s run by a Whole Foods subsidiary).

It is, in short, a bookstore.

I plan to visit the store tomorrow morning. I’ll see if I can find something new to say.

image via The Georgetowner

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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