We have been having SUCH a busy time at Booktopia lately. Apart from moving to a much bigger warehouse and generally expanding the business, we have just signed off on a deal with Novel Idea Vending that is going see us set up book vending kiosks in 200 locations around Australia over the next year or so. This “bookshop in a box” represents a revolution in book retailing.
These are some cool machines! These clever kiosks allow consumers to read all about the books, hear interviews and learn about up-coming releases all at the touch of a button. The purchase is quick and easy and the books are dispensed in a strong cardboard carry case.
We are taking delivery of the first shipment next month and they will go straight into shopping centres, hospitals and the hotels – basically anywhere where people are stuck in need of something decent to read.
We will be stocking them with both current best sellers and discounted books. We’ve road tested the machines and they are a breeze to operate and are really reliable.
The beauty of being an online retailer is that we are not hamstrung by regular shop hours. We can get books to people at times and locations that are convenient to them. This new venture is an extension of the same principle and if the success and uptake in the UK is anything to go by, we’ll be able to make book buying even more convenient. (By the way, Novel Idea Vending is close to signing off deals in several more – big – overseas markets).
Who says the printed book is dead????