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Borders To Compete With Amazon

Bookworms around the world have something to rejoice about today. The Borders bookstore, a competitor of Barnes and Nobles, has launched an online version of their storefront. You may recall Borders partnering with Amazon.com for online sales. Now it seems Borders is ready to step out on its own. Here’s a look at what you’ll find in Borders online.

Borders Site Design

The site design may remind users of Shelfari, a social book sharing service to connect readers with similar interests. On the homepage of Borders, the latest books are displayed on a virtual shelf called “The Magic Shelf”. When you first head to the site, users can interact with the shelf to see the latest book releases and more. For registered users, the magic shelf is customizable with the option to view books, DVDs, and music from select genres. The shelf design also extends over to the recommendations page for easy browsing. All in all, the interface is clean and doesn’t appear to be cluttered. Borders design UI beats Amazon’s by a mile and provides customers with a clean and unique experience instead of clouding the front page with recommendations and news.

Borders Media

Borders also dives into media with Borders Media. Borders Media provides a section for customers to watch live store performances on Borders Live at 01, famous chefs at work in the Borders Kitchen, and living room book discussions with authors on the Borders Book Club. The user interface is consistent with the homepage design, making the site easy to navigate.

Stiff Competition

Borders supplies a host of deals and discounts for those that shop at the retailer’s site. We think this will be one of the key strategies against giant competitors such as Amazon and Barnes and Nobles along with their competitive pricings. With their competitors already well established online, it will be interesting to see what else Borders cooks up. Another thing we appreciate is the direction Borders took with their site design. Borders made a very smart move by not competing with Amazon and Barnes and Nobles when it comes to site design, and opted for something users may find refreshing. So far, Borders has made a lot of the right moves in order to compete.

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