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  • Waterstones hits back at Amazon drones, jokes it will use owls to deliver books (video)
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    Waterstones hits back at Amazon drones, jokes it will use owls to deliver books (video)

    By 2 December 2013

    In reaction to the news that Amazon is testing autonomous drones to deliver packages 30 minutes after a customer has ordered, UK bookseller Waterstones has created a spoof video saying that it too will be adopting a flight-based delivery service, OWLS....

  • Waterstones founder to launch Read Petite, Spotify-style online book service
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    Waterstones founder to launch Read Petite, Spotify-style online book service

    By 11 April 2013

    Tim Waterstone, the founder of high street book retailer Waterstones, has revealed his new venture: Read Petite, effectively the Spotify for books. Like the music-streaming service, Read Petite will offer access to content for a flat-rate monthly fee....

  • Kindle Paperwhites bought from Waterstones have permanent adverts as screensavers, customers complain
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    Kindle Paperwhites bought from Waterstones have permanent adverts as screensavers, customers complain

    By 6 December 2012

    Customers are complaining that Kindle Paperwhite eBook readers bought from high street bookseller Waterstones come with a permanent advert for the shop as the screensaver instead of the rolling Amazon ones. Waterstones sells its Kindles at the same price...

  • Waterstones to sell Amazon Kindle
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    Waterstones to sell Amazon Kindle

    By 21 May 2012

    Waterstones is to stock the Amazon Kindle as part of its major store refurbishment scheme. Alongside new free Wi-Fi zones, in-store coffee shops and dedicated digital areas, the UK retailer will be selling the Kindle family of devices. In addition, Waterstones...

  • Waterstone's Kindle rival coming in 2012
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    Waterstone's Kindle rival coming in 2012

    By 9 September 2011

    On the same day in May earlier this year that it was announced that HMV had agreed the sale of Waterstone's to Russian billionaire Alexander Mamut for £53 million, after coming under increasing pressure by online retail rivals such as Amazon, Play and...

  • Rival online retailers force HMV to sell Waterstone's
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    Rival online retailers force HMV to sell Waterstone's

    By 20 May 2011

    HMV has agreed the sale of its Waterstone's bookstore business to Russian billionaire Alexander Mamut for £53 million under increasing pressure by online retail rivals such as Amazon, Play and iTunes. With debts of around £170 million, and an expectation...

  • iRiver Cover Story wheels in Wi-Fi and Waterstones ebook store
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    iRiver Cover Story wheels in Wi-Fi and Waterstones ebook store

    By 17 November 2010

    iRiver has rolled out the Wi-Fi version of its touchscreen Cover Story ebook reader. The model (EB05W) adds to the Cover Story lineup, which also includes the EB05 offline version. The iRiver Cover Story range marks a move away from the Kindle-esque keyboard...

  • DSGi, Argos report drop in sales
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    DSGi, Argos report drop in sales

    By 15 January 2009

    UK retailers are adding to the downturn gloom with more miserable financial results. DSGi's decline appears to be continuing while Homebase, Waterstones, Argos, Halfords and Clinton Cards have reported drops in sales too. Like-for-like sales at Currys...

  • PHOTO: Sony Reader in red
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    PHOTO: Sony Reader in red

    By 28 July 2008

    Here's a pic of Sony's special edition red Reader that will come pre-loaded in the States with the new ebook reading software. Here in the UK, the Reader has gone on pre-order for £199 at Waterstones.

  • Sony Reader to get UK launch
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    Sony Reader to get UK launch

    By 23 July 2008

    Beating Amazon's Kindle to the UK market, Sony has announced the launch of its new Reader that will go on sale in Britain in conjunction with Waterstones. The second-gen gadget from Sony, the PRS-505 Reader is smaller than a hardback, has memory to store...