Apple is set to introduce a digital publishing service in Ireland, with booksellers saying they would be open to joining the service.
Amazon, one of the largest e-commerce websites in the world, has long touted its ability to sell physical books to its customers, but the company has yet to offer the services directly to its Irish customers.
But this is expected to change next year.
Bookseller David Kynge said that he was excited about the prospect of the new service, and said that Amazon’s plan to offer e-book sales in Ireland could help drive further growth.
The bookseller said that the service would not only allow him to sell his books directly to Amazon customers, he could also sell them through a platform called Booksellers Bookstore.
He said that his business would be able to sell books directly from the platform, but said that it would also be possible for customers to buy books through Amazon’s app store, which allows users to browse, buy, and buy books from publishers and retailers around the world.
“This could mean that books from other publishers could also be available to Bookseller Bookstore customers, with a more direct connection to the consumer,” he said.
He added that he would not be limiting his bookselling to the new digital service.
“It’s possible for Bookselling Bookstore to be used to sell other titles, and I am happy to be able add more titles to our growing catalog.”
Mr Kyngeme said that bookseller membership was one of his main selling points to Amazon.
He added that the launch of the service could also see him attract more customers, as he sees more people wanting to browse the web, and discover books.
“As we grow, the opportunity is there to make a bigger difference in people’s lives,” he added.
Bookseller Sean O’Connor said that Booksellership Bookstore could help him sell books through the Amazon Appstore, and also expand his e-readers sales.
“The Amazon App Store is a great place to sell e-books to people who want to read them, and it’s a great way to make money on the Kindle,” he explained.
“It’s a bit like selling CDs and books on iTunes, and the difference is that Amazon doesn’t charge for the music you’re buying.”
Online booksellor and author David Kydie said that there was also an opportunity to sell digital books through an app, as well.
“Amazon’s offering a service that allows us to sell online through their app store.
That means we can offer customers the ability to buy and read books directly on their phones or tablets.
This would enable us to offer more value to our customers and we would be a better business for our clients.”