Sunday, July 27, 2008

The First Kenyan Amazon

Books First has launched its online bookstore, the first e-commerce website by a local bookshop. The website carries all of Books First's titles currently available in their shop (over 7,000 different titles in 20 categories), and customers can conveniently order over the Internet and pay via Safaricom's M-PESA service. Alternatively, payments can be made by cash on delivery, cheques and bank deposits. Books First is offering free delivery within Nairobi's Central Business District (CBD). They also deliver to other places in Kenya at a small fee, and they even do international deliveries! Hopefully, they will also accept credit cards in the near future, as this would be particularly useful for international customers.

3 comments:

Kimani said...

I think the books first website is an excellent idea and if global trends hold, online bookstores will soon overshadow brick n mortar bookstores.

I notice that the emphasis on the site is now on management type books apparently due to slow internet connection experienced by users.

booksfirst.co.ke is definitely an idea whose time had come.

Rafiki said...

@ Kimani: To me, Books first is currently one of the few e-commerce sites that could do well in Kenya. In the current climate, there is little space for purely online retailers, so a combination of traditional and online sales seems to be the way to go for the time being.

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