5 Dec 2018

Is Amazon cannibalising our bookstores?

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:41 pm on 5 December 2018

According to Nielsen data, books are the fifth most-purchased online product in New Zealand - and some publishing executives estimate that online sales could account for up to a fifth of all book sales in the country.

And that makes sense: online retailers often have massive resources at their disposal and little in the way of overheads. 

But that's led to a decline in the number of bookstores we have - and the knock-on benefits they provide to the community.

Booksellers NZ's Sarah Forster joins us to explain more.

SANTA CLARA,CA/USA - FEBRUARY 1, 2014: Amazon building in Santa Clara, California.  Amazon is an American international electronic commerce company. It is the world's largest online retailer.

Photo: © 2014, Ken Wolter

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