Now this is a turn-up for the books (excuse the pun), and it will be interesting to see if they roll-out more stores - across the US and internationally.
Borders in the UK was the go-to book store for a wider range of subjects (with an international flavour) on the main high street and I missed it terribly when their store in Kingston closed in 2009. There are now very few decent book stores with choice in UK towns and cities (unless you happen to live in academic cities around the country).
However, I should think local book stores might not be so happy with the onslaught of Amazon book stores on the high street (especially if they will be offering books at their online prices).
Amazon is opening its first physical bookstore, 20 years after the world’s biggest online retailer started selling publications on the internet. The company will unveil a shop called Amazon Books at University Village in Seattle, its home city, on Tuesday. Amazon will stock about 6,000 titles, with the selection based on reviews and sales data from Amazon.com. The price of books in the store will be the same as on the website.