Bricking it: ‘Offline’ Amazon takes on New York and the bookselling world

Last month, Amazon opened its first “brand-new, three-dimensional bookstore” in New York City.  The new store, in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle, is the seventh brick-and-mortar Amazon store to open since November 2015, when the first such store opened in Seattle’s University Village. The Seattle store marked the entry of the giant online retailer into the physical bookstore market segment it has allegedly forced legions of other operators — from giants such as Borders to small, local moms and pops — to vacate. Six additional stores are planned to open by the end of the year.