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On-demand books in drugstores

2013-01-28 08:42:37.901443-08 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

Kodak and On Demand Books sign deal to put book printing in CVS stores.

I frankly don't know if the physical book will survive the ebook, whether this is Kodak making a better film camera, but it does not bode well for the bookstore.

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#Comment Re: made: 2013-01-28 12:30:20.128536-08 by: petronius

It sounds interesting, but going into business now with Kodak is a bit like chaining yourself to a corpse. What do they bring to the table you can't get elsewhere? The photobook stuff is nice, but if I want a book to read I'll just cut out the middleman and go for the Kindle.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-01-28 12:46:01.102716-08 by: Larry Burton

Hmm, if I owned a small coffee shop chain I think I would be trying to make a deal with On Demand.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-01-29 07:48:35.377265-08 by: m

Why buy a book at a brick and mortar if you can't at least look through it first? You might as well order it over the net where it will undoubtedly be cheaper.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-01-29 08:15:37.143381-08 by: Dan Lyke

I think at this point retailers have to be asking "what's going to be worth the premium for same day vs next day delivery". It's been years since I went to the bookstore to browse, I do all my book discovery on-line.

Which is why I asked if this was Kodak making a better film camera.

But with the shopping list becoming the Amazon Prime order, and Amazon putting in warehouses so that same or next-day delivery becomes the norm, the only thing really missing here is someone who wants to take the Trader Joe's/CostCo remaindering/surplus model. At least beyond Woot.

Then the same day things for me become produce, and the hardware necessary to finish a project on a weekend afternoon.