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Powell's CEO Miriam Sontz on Amazon and the "Serendipity" of Physical Bookstores
, February 12, 2016 7:00 PM
Watch the CNBC interview with Miriam Sontz, Powell's Books CEO, as she responds to reports of Amazon's possible national expansion of brick-and-mortar retail stores. Go Miriam!
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6 Responses to "Powell's CEO Miriam Sontz on Amazon and the "Serendipity" of Physical Bookstores"
February 24, 2016 at 09:12 PM
I would have liked to see a transcript of this interview since I have a profound hearing loss. The continuous loss of independent bookstores is a tragedy. Powell's is one of the best reasons to live in the Portland area.
February 24, 2016 at 01:56 PM
I love Miriam Sontz's answers here, and it is great that her bullishness is backed up by the continuing success of Powell's. I also like the tone of her response to this latest move from Amazon, a company that has been exceptionally aggressive in its pricing strategy, and also the subject of much controversy over its tax contributions and treatment of staff. I'm from Glasgow, Scotland, but I have been to Powell's and although I loved my time in Portland as a whole, it was worth visiting the city just to go to their main store. For anyone over in the UK, one of the great bookshops here - reminiscent of Powell's but not as large - is Foyles, which I would heartily recommend to anyone visiting London. Rock on Powell's!
February 23, 2016 at 07:09 PM
Although I live far away from Portland, Oregon, for four years Powell's has been my main source of new, used, and hard-to-find books. I hope to visit one of your stores someday. Now, I'm going to purchase another book.
February 19, 2016 at 04:24 AM
That makes two of us, ABE. I spit upon all manner of video, that base, vile medium. I shall not click.
February 18, 2016 at 12:27 PM
For those who READ, why not publish a printed transcript of stated interview?
February 18, 2016 at 09:03 AM
I am so glad that Powell's remains here in Portland--as I get older, it becomes harder & harder to get downtown to Powell's (it's been years since I've been to the main location) but the store on SE Hawthorne is the one I can still get to. I was afraid a few years ago that Powell's would become something of the past, how glad I am that it succeeds & is still here! I raise my hand to praise Powell's BOOKS! Books, books, & more BOOKS!
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