Amazon's new NYC bookstore is just a small step towards world domination

New York City is about to get a new bookstore, but it's not exactly your typical "shop around the corner."

Amazon plans to open a 4,000-square-foot location at The Shops at Columbus Circle in the Time Warner Center this Spring, where it will sell books and devices like the Kindle and Amazon Echo, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

This isn't Amazon's initial foray into brick-and-mortar. Its first bookstore opened in Seattle in 2015, followed by locations in San Diego and Portland. But don't expect these stores to be your average cozy book nooks. Kindles are displayed next to paper copies, and customers can only check for prices using Amazon's shopping app (since they change frequently depending on the book's online price).

Bookstore locations for Boston and Chicago are in the works. The company is also considering a second Manhattan location in the Hudson Yards, which would be completed in 2018. And Amazon Go, a cashier-free convenience store in Seattle, allows customers to walk in, grab items, and leave. (The items are billed directly to their Amazon.com account.)

The scourge of countless Main Street bookstores is a sure sign that Amazon is setting out to tackle--and reinvent--the old-fashioned brick-and-mortar model. And with the development of a delivery service said to rival UPS and FedEx, the company is steadily conquering every step in its supply chain.

RELATED: Best books of the year, according to Amazon

11 PHOTOS
Best books of the year, according to Amazon
See Gallery
Best books of the year, according to Amazon

10. "Swing Time" by Zadie Smith

"A masterful novel that tackles big issues — race, class, and the ups and downs of long-term friendship — told with a dancer's grace and ease."

Click here to buy it on Amazon »

Photo credit: Amazon.com

9. "Before the Fall" by Noah Hawley

"From the award-winning creator of 'Fargo,' a thrilling page-turner about an airplane crash and its seemingly heroic survivors."

Click here to buy it on Amazon »

Photo credit: Amazon.com

8. "Pumpkinflowers" by Matti Friedman

"An unforgettable nonfiction account of men changed by war, told in a voice that is both straight forward and undeniably literary."

Click here to buy it on Amazon » 

Photo credit: Amazon.com 

7. "Another Brooklyn" by Jacqueline Woodson

"A poetic, breathtaking novel about growing up female and black in the 1970s — a time of conflicting pressures and sometimes crushing assumptions."

Click here to buy it on Amazon »

Photo credit: Amazon.com

6. "Lab Girl" by Hope Jahren

"An inspiring and entertaining memoir about work, life, and love from a plant scientist who is just as adept at analyzing the natural world as she is at illuminating human relationships."

Click here to buy it on Amazon » 

Photo credit: Amazon.com

5. "Mischling" by Affinity Konar

"Affinity Konar's beautiful novel about twin sisters who survive Auschwitz is precisely crafted, acutely sensitive, and ultimately uplifting and hopeful."

Click here to buy it on Amazon » 

Photo credit: Amazon.com 

4. "The Nix" by Nathan Hill

"A big, smart novel about so many things: family, politics, revolution, and the things we choose to remember (and forget)."

Click here to buy it on Amazon » 

Photo credit: Amazon.com

3. "Hillbilly Elegy" by J.D. Vance

"A very personal tour of a segment of our culture that's losing its way in modern America."

Click here to buy it on Amazon » 

Photo credit: Amazon.com 

2. "The Wolf Road" by Beth Lewis

"Part literary thriller, part western, this is a debut novel about a young tomboy trying to survive a post-apocalyptic wilderness as she searches for her parents."

Click here to buy it on Amazon » 

Photo credit: Amazon.com 

1. "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead

"A brilliant, wise, fantastical yet grounded portrayal of a young slave seeking her freedom on a real underground railroad."

Click here to buy it on Amazon » 

Photo credit: Amazon.com 

HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

More on Inc.com:
Want to Be Inspired? Here Are 12 Must-Read Founder Stories of Early Startup Days
Facebook Acquires Eye-Tracking Startup as It Steps Further Into Virtual Reality
Why You Need to Redo Your Employee Handbook

Read Full Story

Can't get enough business news?

Sign up for Finance Report by AOL and get everything from retailer news to the latest IPOs delivered directly to your inbox daily!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.