Going to the Source

Amazon.comAmazon’s new “Source” program, wherein independent bookstores in the U.S. can sell Kindle devices and ebooks for a piece of the profit, is based on the company’s partnership with Waterstones in the UK.

The large chain (nearly 300 shops) sells Kindle devices and ebooks. The company’s managing director, James Daunt, took a lot of flack for the deal, which many observers characterized as one that would sink the company.

Daunt’s reasoning was that the store needed to get into the ebook business and Amazon had the best platform it could offer its customers.

So far, it hasn’t killed Waterstones. In fact, the company seems to be pushing Kindles harder than ever. Should U.S. indies consider doing the same?

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