clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

UK bookstore chain Waterstones signs deal with Amazon to sell Kindle alongside its own services

New, 2 comments

Waterstones has signed a deal with Amazon "to launch new e-reading services and offer Kindle digital devices through its UK shops."

Amazon Kindle Store down
Amazon Kindle Store down

Waterstones, one of the UK's largest booksellers, has signed a deal with Amazon to sell Kindle devices together with "new e-reading services." Details of the partnership are very thin at present, with more announcements said to be coming this fall. James Daunt, Managing Director of Waterstones, said that the store won't simply be reselling the Kindle, but rather offering its own services on top:

"The best digital readers, the Kindle family, will be married to the singular pleasures of browsing a curated bookshop. With the combination of our talents we can offer the exceptional customer proposition to which we both aspire."

While there's been no announcement regarding the future of Waterstones' previously announced e-reader, Daunt's language seems to suggest that it's going all-in with Amazon. It's not clear how this deal will affect devices, such as the iriver Cover Story, which currently offer access to the Waterstones' ebook store.