Monday, 8 November 2010

The Irish Amazon

The legendary Kenny’s Bookshop in Galway estimates that the delivered cost to customers of over 70% of their books are cheaper than the same books sold on other sites online, including that of Amazon. The bookshop was founded in 1940, and in 1994 was the second bookstore in the world to have a website - the first was a sci-fi shop in San Francisco, which has since closed, so Kenny’s can now claim oldest. In the summer of 2010 Kenny’s launched a new website, which stocks over 5 million pre-release, new, secondhand, out of print and rare books and offers free shipping worldwide. The bookshop has a renowned stock of books on Irish history, culture, literature and language, as well as a comprehensive selection of non-Irish material. "We aim to be an, even though we work with them", says Tom Kenny. The market for books in Ireland is estimated to be over €300 million with 14% of that bought online. See

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