book·​store | \ ˈbu̇k-ˌstȯr \

Definition of bookstore 

: a place of business where books are the main item offered for sale

called also bookshop

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At the Guardian, Elias Greig recommends some dos and don’ts for shopping at your local bookstore: 5. Constance Grady, Vox, "Victorian literature was full of lady detectives," 15 Dec. 2018 Barnes and Noble has a wider variety of Nook Android tablets now that give users access to its e-bookstore and its Goodreads-like community app called the Browsery. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Barnes and Noble’s newest Kindle competitor is a 7-inch, $49 Nook," 3 Dec. 2018 Currently, shoppers can use their Amazon accounts to check out at a small number of Amazon’s brick-and-mortar locations, such as Amazon Go and its bookstores, and a growing number of online merchants accept Amazon Pay, its third-party service. Emily Glazer, WSJ, "Amazon Pay Accepted Here? Web Giant Aims to Put Digital Wallet in Stores," 21 Nov. 2018 Amazon opened its first physical bookstore near its headquarters in Seattle in November 2015, selling books and Amazon Kindle and Fire devices. Nesa Mangal, Good Housekeeping, "Rumor Has It Amazon Is Opening Hundreds of Brick-and-Mortar Stores," 3 Feb. 2016 The free festival will include a mobile bookstore from the Mexican nonprofit Fondo de Cultura Económica. Vanessa Castellon,, "Vanessa's Report: U-T to host second annual San Diego Festival of Books," 5 July 2018 What’s more, Amazon has begun to build out a few bookstores of its own. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Barnes & Noble CEO Fired For Unspecified 'Violations'," 3 July 2018 The company has opened more than a dozen bookstores and pop-up shops across the country. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "Amazon Tests Its Cashierless Technology for Bigger Stores," 2 Dec. 2018 This online bookstore is just one of the many startups redefining the Middle East’s booming tech and entrepreneurial scene. Miriam Berger, Vox, "Why innovative tech startups are thriving across the Middle East," 1 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of bookstore

1760, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bookstore

: a store that sells books

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