New York City is already a travel destination for book lovers. From tourist-staple Strand, to SoHo’s McNally Jackson, all the way to Brooklyn’s Community Bookstore, there’s a gamut of cozy stores where you can purchase bestsellers, old favorites, and rare finds. But in 2016, some destinations experienced tough times: both Cobble Hill’s Bookcourt and the Bronx’s Barnes & Noble—the borough’s last general bookstore—closed. But 2017’s already shaping up to be a better year for bibliophiles: a new major bookstore is set to open in Manhattan.
The newcomer will be another brick-and-mortar venture by online retailer Amazon. The Wall Street Journal reports that a 4,000 square-foot store is set to open this spring in Columbus Circle’s Time Warner Center. The newspaper also reports that the company is considering opening a second Manhattan location, this one in Hudson Yards.
Like the already opened Amazon stores in San Diego, Seattle, and Portland, Ore., the NYC location will feature thousands of books, each available on the shelf with a customer rating and review. For books not available in store, customers can order online and ship to their home (free for Prime members). The Manhattan store will join two other stores opening later this year in Chicago and Dedham, Mass.
Amazon Prime members can expect to receive the best in-store deals—paying the same price as Amazon.com for books. Non-Prime customers can expect to pay list price for books. For all customers, devices like the Echo, Kindle, and Fire tablet will be sold at the Amazon.com price.
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