Amazon Throws Independent Booksellers Kindle Lifeline

Amazon's Throwing Independent Booksellers a Kindle Lifeline

Amazon's Kindle Fire and other ereaders are usually considered nails in the traditional independent bookstore's coffin. Amazon's flipping all that around, with a program that lets bookstores sell Kindle ereaders and make money off the ebooks their owners buy.

Announced today, Amazon Source gives independent bookstores a discount when buying Kindles and related accessories in bulk. In addition, the retailers will earn 10 per cent of the price of every ebook purchased on the Kindle devices they've sold, for two years after the device is purchased. It probably won't float a bookseller's business, but it's a nice nod to the brick-and-mortar set. [Amazon]

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