UK’s largest bookseller takes Kindles off shelves to make room for more books

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LONDON — Waterstones has decided to clear its shelves of Kindles following “pitiful” sales of the e-readers, and it’s giving the extra space to more books.

The UK’s biggest bookseller will pack in more physical hardbacks and paperbacks in its stores across the country following an increase in sales of real paper books.

The company’s managing director James Daunt told The Bookseller the move was a no brainer. “Sales of Kindles continue to be pitiful so we are taking the display space back in more and more shops,” he said.

“It feels very much like the life of one of those inexplicable bestsellers; one day piles and piles, selling like fury; the next you count your blessings with every sale because it brings you closer to getting it off your shelves forever to make way for something new. Sometimes, of course, they ‘bounce’ but no sign yet of this being the case with Kindles.” Read more…

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