E-commerce major Amazon on Wednesday launched a dedicated used books store with over one lakh offerings across genres such as literature, romance, biography and textbooks. This is much on the lines of Amazon’s Subsidiary Junglee.com, which sells refurbished and used products like electronic items, baby products, jwellery and fashion accesories and books.
For e-commerce players, books are one of the most important categories, following fashion and lifestyle products, electronic items and home appliances categories. Amazon clarified that the used books will be continue to be available on the Junglee platform and the Amazon’s used book business would be different from that of Junglee’s business, wherein, anyone can become a seller on the platform.
“We are excited to launch a dedicated used books store for customers on Amazon.in. Over the years, we have witnessed a growing demand for books from customers and our constant effort has been to bring them more buying choices. With this launch, reading enthusiasts across the country can now buy used books with the same ease and convenience as buying new books,” said Noor Patel, director category management, Amazon India.
Amazon claims to be India’s largest book store with millions of titles and over 9,400 sellers on the platform selling books. As a launch offer, customers who purchase used books for over R399 from the same seller are offered free shipping.
Amazon in July announced that it has invested in six new fulfilment centres (FCs) in India to meet the growing needs of its fast-growing seller base in the country. New FCs are to set up in Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Jaipur and Mumbai further expanding the company’s presence in India and in preparation for the upcoming festive season. Amazon in June had announced that it will invest an additional $3 billion in its India operations to take its investment in the country to over $5 billion.