Posted on 06 September 2011.
Large bookstore chains around the world are now providing customers with the opportunity to shop online. Online shopping is easy and accessible. Many customers are busy and cannot visit in store because of inconvenient store hours. Online bookstores are also advantageous as they help boost literacy for those living in developing countries. Books are often provided at great discounts, making it affordable as well. As such, here is the list of top 10 online bookstores in the world.
Amazon is the world’s largest online retail store. It was originally started by Jeff Bezos in 1994 as an online bookstore. It later expanded to sell electronics, computer software, DVDs, CDs, apparel, furniture, foods, furniture etc. It was named after the Amazon River, which is the largest in the world. The purpose of this metaphor was to have customers thinking large and grand. Currently, it has websites in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Japan, and China.
Chapters/Indigo/Coles is a big box bookstore chain owned and operated in Canada by Indigo Books and Music. Coles was the bookstore chain that was first opened in 1940 by two brothers with the same name. In 1987, Coles was bought by Kmart. That was short-lived, as Chapters Inc. opened its first two bookstores when Coles merged with SmithBooks in 1995. Chapters later would expand its market by opening its internet market to compete with Amazon. With increasing competition, Indigo decided to buy out Chapters in 2001. In recent years, Chapters/Indigo has received widespread criticism for taking over the market from small bookstores. Many small bookstores could not compete with Chapters/Indigo and its expanding franchise.
3. Barnes & Noble:
Barnes & Noble is the largest book retailer in the United States, first opened in 1873. Its headquarters are in Manhatten, New York. They have hundreds of large, expensive retail stores that house Starbucks Coffee shops. In addition to retail stores, the company operates college bookstores in 637 colleges. In 2009 it introduced the Nook which is an e-reader for different books. It also has a website with an online store, where customers could buy their merchandise anywhere and anytime.
4. Abe Books:
Advanced Books Exchange is the largest online marketplace in the book industry. The books that are listed on the website are used and sometimes rare. Many independent sellers can post their price for books they sell and could complete transactions right on the ABE Books website. The marketplace allows small bookstore chains to compete in the larger market thanks to ABE Books. Your options are never limited with ABE Books.
5. McNally Robinson:
McNally Robinson is a bookstore company first opened in 1981 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It currently has 3 stores: 1 in Manitoba, 1 in Saskatchewan and 1 in Manhattan, New York. McNally Robinson is family owned and has successfully launched its website which provides an online store for customers to shop at.