I hope this works out for Waterstone’s. It would be a shame for the last major high-street bookstore in the UK to go out of business. I can’t figure out how it’s going to actually work… they’ll make an amount on the sale of the devices, but everything I’ve read implies there’s some way they’ll make money off of digital sales made in-store.
I do agree they probably stock far too many books that don’t sell at all, but I’m not so thrilled by them diluting their in-store experience by offering a mass of games and stationary instead. It’s a compromise, but I’d hate them to start turning into WH Smiths.