Waterstones is removing Amazon’s Kindle devices from many of it
stores as sales “continue to be pitiful”.
The company’s m.d James Daunt said there had been no sign of a
“bounce” in Kindle sales, so the company was “taking the display
space back” to use for physical books instead.
He told The Bookseller: “Sales of Kindles continue to be pitiful
so we are taking the display space back in more and more shops. It
feels very much like the life of one of those inexplicable
bestsellers; one day piles and piles, selling like fury; the next
you count your blessings with every sale because it brings you
closer to getting it off your shelves forever to make way for
something new. Sometimes, of course, they ‘bounce’ but no sign yet
of this being the case with Kindles.”
Easiest explanation for this is that Kindle users are Amazon users, and Amazon users buy their Kindles direct from Amazon. I’ve owned a few Kindles over the years, and it never even occurred to me to buy one anywhere else.