Waterstones takes Amazon’s Kindle off shelves, blames ‘pitiful’ sales

“Waterstones is taking Amazon’s Kindle off its shelves three years after the UK’s biggest bookseller and the web retail giant teamed up,” James Titcomb reports for The Telegraph.

“James Daunt, Waterstones’ managing director, said that sales of the e-reader had been ‘pitiful’ and that he welcomed every Kindle sale because ‘it brings you closer to getting it off your shelves forever,'” Titcomb reports. “Mr Daunt told The Bookseller: ‘Sales of Kindles continue to be pitiful so we are taking the display space back in more and more shops.'”

“Earlier this year, Mr Daunt said sales of the Kindle had ‘disappeared,'” Titcomb reports. “According to the Association of American Publishers, e-book sales fell 10 per cent in the first five months of the year in the US.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Gee, that’s too bad.

But, it is karmic.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “CaptainWhizz” for the heads up.]

14 Comments

    1. Umm, no, it isn’t. Three seconds and duck duck go shows Kindle selling at Best Buy, Staples and the Source, at least here in Canada. What was the point of your uninformed vomit?

      dmz

  1. So much for Amazon’s gambit to under-price publishers’ new and best-selling titles in order to achieve its ultimate goal of achieving hegemony over the emerging e-book market, with the complicity of Spectre’s agents, Judge Denise Cote, Michael Bromwich, and the US Dept of Justice.

    Better luck next time, assholes !

  2. Kindle is sold at…
    ABC Warehouse: 1-800-722-3333
    Alco Stores: 1-800-976-0542
    Bartell Drugs: 1-877-227-8355
    Best Buy: 1-888-BEST-BUY (800-237-8289)
    Bi-Mart: http://www.bimart.com
    BJ’s Wholesale Club (Members only): 800-BJS-CLUB (800-257-2582)
    Bookworm.com: 1-888-737-7323
    Conn’s: 1-866-765-1513
    Exchange (authorized patrons only): 1-800-527-2345 (see nearest Exchange store or Exchange Online Store)
    Follett Stores: http://www.efollett.com
    Fred Meyer: 1-888-247-4439
    Fry’s: http://www.frys.com
    GameStop, Inc.: 1-800-883-8895
    J&R (New York City only): 212-238-9000
    Kmart: 1-866-562-7848
    La Curacao: 1-866-410-1611
    Navy Exchange (authorized patrons only): 1-800-628-3924
    Nebraska Furniture Mart: 1-800-336-9136
    Office Depot: 1-800-463-3768
    Office Max: 1.800.283.7674
    PC Mall: 1-800-555-6255
    Purchasing Power: 1-888-923-6236
    Radio Shack: 1-800-843-7422
    Sears: 1-800-549-4505
    Staples: 1-800-STAPLES (800-782-7537)
    Toys R Us: 1-800-869-7787
    YoYo.com: 1-866-969-6123

  3. A wise decision since Amazon was basically raping their business from the inside. Never understood why they’d sell something that effectively helps put them out of business.

    But yeah the Kindle is probably past it’s peak popularity too.

  4. It’s a pity. I do like my Kindle… because it’s a pure ebook reader and serves only the one function. But that’s the advantage because I can read the entire day without worrying about the battery dying.

    Even my iPad Mini (light as it is) is too heavy (and a tad bulky) to hold comfortably for long, and my iPhone is still the 5S, so… smaller screen and I don’t want to tax the battery.

  5. Kindle, like the iPad, doesn’t get turned over every 18 months by their owners so once every book reading family has one ( in addition to their smartphones ) the sales are going to drop off.

    They are useful in some situations (taking a selection of books on vacation etc.) but there is something to be said for turning pages.

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