Amazon opens an actual, physical bookshop (this is NOT an Onion-esque parody)

Online retail giant Amazon announced it’s opening a bookshop in Seattle.

The internet company described the move as a “physical extension" of its business.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Anne Donald, Director of The Franschhoek Literary Festival, about this odd move that goes against the trend Amazon itself is partly responsible for.

Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.

I am sceptical.

Anne Donald, Director of The Franschhoek Literary Festival

I don’t think they know what makes real bookshops work. They talk about algorithms, but not about staff members that know about books.

Anne Donald, Director of The Franschhoek Literary Festival

Six of their top-20 books are colouring books! It seems bizarre!

Anne Donald, Director of The Franschhoek Literary Festival

Bookshops that sell hard-to-find books work.

Anne Donald, Director of The Franschhoek Literary Festival

Amazon doesn’t see books as anything particularly special. It’s just about moving stock.

Anne Donald, Director of The Franschhoek Literary Festival

The real book is coming back!

Anne Donald, Director of The Franschhoek Literary Festival

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