New Amazon Alternative launched
NearSt combines web and high street book shopping
A new online book store has launched, offering another great alternative to Amazon.
NearSt is a website and mobile phone app that lets customers order from their local book store.
Currently only available in London, the company uses a network of couriers to deliver books within 60 minutes.
Described as a hybrid of online and high street shopping, the site allows users to browse stock in around 40 bookshops in the London area.
Books can then be purchased at the click of a button and delivered directly to customers, or be made available for pick up.
Co-founder Nick Brackenbury, describes the service as a challenge to Amazon. He told the Guardian: “We think finding and buying something from a shop nearby should always be faster and easier than ordering it online. After all, there are hundreds of bookshops all over London, right on customers’ doorsteps. But today their inventory is invisible to shoppers’ smartphones, making an online retailer the easiest choice. With NearSt we’re changing that, by putting the incredible range and value of local shops within just a couple taps of someone’s smartphone.”
The platform takes 6% of each sale and there is no set-up or monthly fees for stores to join.
You can already buy over 100,000 products from bookshops all across London on NearSt, and the company will be adding more types of shops over the coming year.
NearSt have been added to our guide to booksellers, part of our Amazon Alternatives series.