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Why Are E-readers Not Widely Sold in Stores?
#1  mtreader 12-04-2019, 02:44 PM
Just an open question: We can buy tablets, phones, laptops and all kinds of related products from mass merchants (in U.S.). So why are we unable to find most e-readers in stores. I'm aware of the few exceptions that offer one brand, but would love to see ereaders by Pocketbook, Boyue, Onyx and even any Kobo other than the Clara (a nearby Walmart has a non-working display).

I'm struggling to decide between a Pocketbook Inkpad 3 vs Android-based 8"
readers. For any other product, handling the device would help make the decision easy. As an aside, if anyone who uses Send to Pocketbook would be willing to answer a few questions, I'd be grateful.
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#2  ZodWallop 12-04-2019, 03:48 PM
Quote mtreader
Just an open question: We can buy tablets, phones, laptops and all kinds of related products from mass merchants (in U.S.). So why are we unable to find most e-readers in stores (even excluding the obvious cases like Nook and Kindle)?
They used to be widely available in Best Buy, Walmart and Target stores. I would guess they aren't stocked any longer because they don't see in enough number to justify them.

Best Buy still has Kindles, along with other Amazon paraphernalia. And B&N still has Nooks. Finding a Kobo displayed anywhere is nearly impossible though.
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#3  JSWolf 12-04-2019, 03:52 PM
Quote ZodWallop
They used to be widely available in Best Buy, Walmart and Target stores. I would guess they aren't stocked any longer because they don't see in enough number to justify them.

Best Buy still has Kindles, along with other Amazon paraphernalia. And B&N still has Nooks. Finding a Kobo displayed anywhere is nearly impossible though.
Kobo is in Walmart.
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#4  ZodWallop 12-04-2019, 04:03 PM
Quote JSWolf
Kobo is in Walmart.
Have you ever actually seen a Kobo device in a Walmart? If so, you live near one of the 1,000 stores (out of approx. 4,800 in the US) that has them on hand.

Otherwise, you have to order online.
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#5  fjtorres 12-04-2019, 04:23 PM
Quote JSWolf
Kobo is in Walmart.
Kobo is *supposed* to be in Walmarts.
Some stores actually display it.
Most don't.
Even in the ones that have it, they don't do much to push it. If at all.

https://the-digital-reader.com/2018/10/17/walmart-doesnt-care-about-selling-ebooks/

https://the-digital-reader.com/2018/10/27/walmart-is-actually-selling-ebooks-in-stores-but-still-doesnt-give-a-crap-about-selling-ebooks/

https://the-digital-reader.com/2019/09/19/kobo-libra-h2o-now-available-through-walmart/

Online yes, in-store, nearly impossible.

https://www.walmart.com/search/?query=kobo
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#6  hildea 12-04-2019, 04:49 PM
Quote mtreader
As an aside, if anyone who uses Send to Pocketbook would be willing to answer a few questions, I'd be grateful.
I do, what do you want to know?
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#7  binaryhermit 12-04-2019, 09:05 PM
I'm pretty sure Best Buy carries kindles.
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#8  HLS 12-04-2019, 09:21 PM
They are not much in demand. Many people just don't read or they buy physical books. I am the only person at my job walking around with an e-reader. As a matter of fact, I never saw or met another person that owns one. Best by and Target sells them So does officemax
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#9  Quoth 12-05-2019, 05:32 AM
Majority of eBooks are read on phones.
Secondly tablets.
The eink comes third, it's a niche and hard to explain to someone that hasn't used one, doesn't read hours at a time and reads on their phone.
Only novels work well on eink. Text books, PDF documentation, cookery books, coffee table books, comics etc work better on 10" to 14" tablets.
Audio books in general might be more popular than ebooks from the Big Five.
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#10  mathil 12-05-2019, 06:56 AM
Probably depends on the country. You can find Kobos and Kindles in any decent-sized retail electronics store in Italy; Kobos also have a partnership with two of our major bookshop chains (Mondadori and Feltrinelli), so you can also buy them in one of their stores. Tolino has a bookstore partnership as well (IBS+Libraccio).
I've never seen other ereaders on sale in stores, except maybe those made by Sony before they stopped being manufactured.
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