Amazon Books Debuts in Nation’s Capital
March 14, 2018
Seattle-based tech and ecommerce giant Amazon has launched its latest Amazon Books location in Washington, D.C. Situated along the city’s M Street commercial corridor in Georgetown, the new store spans two floors of a former Barnes & Noble. The 10,000-sq.-ft. outpost is among the largest in the Amazon Books fleet, housing roughly 5,600 titles in addition to electronics, toys and other hardware, The Washington Post reports.
The opening of this Amazon store comes amid a resurgence of independent bookstores in the Washington area. Politics and Prose, a longtime fixture in Chevy Chase, Md., is opening two new locations in the Wharf and Union Market, while a number of other neighborhood bookstores also have recently opened, including Solid State Books in the H Street corridor, East City Bookshop on Capitol Hill and Walls of Books in Parkview.
“Amazon sees what the rest of us do: that the Washington area has been underserved when it comes to books,” said Bradley Graham, co-owner of Politics and Prose. “It will serve a certain part of the market that wants what Amazon has to offer,” he said, adding that there isn’t much overlap between Amazon’s planned locations in Georgetown and Bethesda Row, and the other independent bookstores that are opening in up-and-coming parts of town.