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Amazon e-book offer riles independent bookshop owners

(BBC News) Bookshop owners have hit back at an initiative by Amazon to sell its Kindle e-book reader in independent shops.

The Amazon Source programme, launching first in the US, would let bookshops sell the devices and receive a small cut of e-book sales thereafter.

But reaction has been hostile – one US bookseller described it as “inviting hungry foxes into the henhouse”.

Amazon said bookshops “should be striving to offer customers what they want”.