Mary Ryan’s, a franchise bookstore chain with 7 locations across Australia, has recently installed a new ebook kiosk in one of their stores in Brisbane.
Bill Concannon, the CEO of Mary Ryan’s, says that the kiosk was installed less than a fortnight ago. He believes that readers expect retailers to be up with technology: “They see a book on the New York Times bestseller list and they expect us to have it here the next day”.
As you can see at right, the kiosk is custom built and based around an iPad. Customers can use the iPad to visit Mary Ryan’s ebookstore, which is based on the Booki.sh platform. This is a cloud based ebook service native to Australia, and you might recall that OverDrive bought it in March 2012.
Concannon plans to install ebook kiosks at the six other Mary Ryan’s bookstores in the near future. He’s also planning to equip sales clerks with iPad Minis which the staff can use to order books for customers. ”It’s not going to save book shops or anything but you need to be able to demonstrate to your customers that you are up to date with what’s happening in the wider world,” Mr Concannon says.