Best Buy will start selling the Kindle this fall.(Credit: Amazon)
The Kindle will soon join Barnes & Noble’s Nook and Sony’s Reader on the shelves of your local Best Buy store.
The consumer electronics chain announced Thursday that it will expand its lineup of e-book readers by selling the Amazon Kindle in the coming weeks. Best Buy will display the Kindle and its rival readers at prime locations at the end of store aisles, giving shoppers the opportunity to check out each model side-by-side.
The new Kindle 3G and the smaller, lighter Wi-Fi-only Kindle 3 will both appear in Best Buy stores this fall, while the larger Kindle DX will pop up later in the year.
“There’s no question that e-readers have found their rightful place in today’s digital lifestyle,” Chris Homeister, senior vice president and general manager of Home Entertainment for Best Buy, said in a statement. “Our goal is to help people choose the device that’s right for them by providing the broadest selection of popular e-readers of any retailer, in one convenient place that enables people to easily see, touch, try and buy.”
Though fellow chain store Target also sells the Kindle and Sony’s Reader, Best Buy will be the only retailer to carry all of the top e-readers, according to the company.
In April, Best Buy began selling the Nook and its accessories at its retail outlets and on its Web site to accompany the Sony Reader, which the chain has sold for several years. Of course, Best Buy also sells the Apple iPad, yet another option for consumers who don’t necessarily want a dedicated e-book reader.
For those comparison shopping among the Kindle, Nook, and iPad, check out CNET’s quick guide to e-readers.