Waterstones has announced a surprise tie-up with Amazon that will enable shoppers to pluck ebooks as well as physical books from its shelves.
companies did not reveal the terms of the deal, but Waterstones said it
was planning a digital revolution in its stores, with Kindle
e-readers on sale for the first time and free Wi-Fi, so customers can
choose between buying a physical book or downloading it there and then.
It is also opening instore cafes as part of an upgrade of the 30-year
Its managing director James Daunt, who once described the website as a "ruthless, money-making devil", struck a more positive note, calling the new venture an "exciting prospect".