New Amazon bookstore looks like airport desperation pit-stop

Amazon may have finally killed the bookstore once and for all — by opening one.

The online retailer has launched New York’s first Amazon Books, a glorified airport stall located on the third floor at the Shops at Columbus Circle. Upstairs from Borders’ shuttered flagship bookstore, the cramped, 4,000-square-foot space takes no cash and has no listed prices.

Non-Prime members pay a higher price.Getty Images

You have to either scan the barcode with your phone or take the book to one of the store’s scattered kiosks. (Turns out, non-Amazon Prime members have to pay the list price, which is more expensive than buying the book at Amazon.com.)

The store — Amazon’s seventh in the US — offers some 3,000 titles, all displayed face-out with a random customer review. The titles are chosen based on ratings, pre-orders, sales, popularity on Goodreads and curator assessments. None has less than four out of five stars.

“It’s not a bookstore, basically,” says an unimpressed Yvonne Reid at the shop’s opening Thursday. “It’s just pick up and go,” says the 54-year-old Westchester resident who works in the mall.

The store does have some variety. Genres include classic fiction, sci-fi, cookbooks and travel. There’s a robust children’s selection. Yet a laughably scant photography section had just three titles. Other head-scratching displays include “Books Kindle Readers Finish in 3 Days or Less,” where the nonfiction “Hillbilly Elegy” incongruously sits among bawdy bodice-rippers.

Books face outward, channeling the site’s layout.Getty Images

“Frankly, it is just weird,” says 51-year-old Emily Bell, who was visiting New York.

A former bookseller, she disliked having to scan books for the price and was particularly dismayed that a large chunk of the space was devoted to Amazon products like the Kindle and Alexa.

“I guess people like gadgets, but to me there’s nothing like sitting down with a real book,” she says.

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