Amazon opened up a physical bookstore in Seattle. Frankly I think the concept is more than a bit stupid since they're doing the opposite of what Barns and Noble did. it might be different in detail but in concept same thing. Now you have all the minuses of a physical location that you have to contend with in the form of overhead, stocking fees, paid staff, dealing with permits, and so on and so on.
To me what they should do instead is help sponsor Libraries.Think about it for a minute. Libraries are perpetually underfunded institutions whos budgets tend to be pretty early on the chopping block and often have to have sales of their older less used and or donated material along with other events to generate funding alongside more normal donations, local budgeting, and any grants they might qualify for.
Why is this not a thing? Amazon gives different library money, possibly books/dvds/etc to stock shelves with, and if we're feeling very adventurous guidelines on how to set up a wifi hotspot and share service so kindle owners can read books either for the duration of being connected to that hot spot, or for x amount of hours after leaving. No need to pay staff, have to deal with building insurance, or anything other than help out already existing institutes that need funding to get a little of the usual crunch taken off their backs.
Maybe there's some glaringly obvious thing I'm missing here but it seems like a good match, at least for books/cd's/DVDs. Granted i'm sure this Seattle bookstore is going to heavily badger customers to buy kindles and kindle products but still, it just seems odd and a little bit counter-productive.
Then again I'm just someone that sees libraries as always needing more funding and attention than they receive.