|Amazon Books in Seattle, Washington. Photo: Getty Images|
|Scan the bar code and use the Amazon App to find out the price of a book in store. Photo: Business Insider|
|A local independent bookstore in Fort Greene (Brooklyn, NY). Photo: Greenlight Bookstore|
|Writopia Event for youth on the Upper West Side. Photo: Book Culture|
Although Amazon Books may be opening brick-and-mortar stores all across the country, it is still miles away from offering the experience and intimacy of local independent bookstores. In fact, its latest choice of location in NYC by the Empire State Building and Time Warner Center indicates that the retailer recognizes it serves the tourist and visitor customer more than it does the local residents. Small independent bookstores continue to best meet the demand of locals with its specialized selection of products and localized knowledge of its customers. The small and intimate community events that are held in stores enable bookstore employees to engage with and really get to know local customers before being able to build such a smart, specialized service that cannot be met by other larger retailers.