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Following Target, Walmart stops selling Kindles

Walmart(s wmt) has become the second large U.S. retail chain to announce that it will stop selling Amazon(s amzn) Kindles, after Target(s tgt) made a similar announcement in May.

Reuters first reported the news, citing a memo that Walmart sent to store managers on Wednesday. “We have recently made the business decision to not carry Amazon tablets and eReaders beyond our existing inventory and purchase commitments,” the memo read. “This includes all Amazon Kindle models current and recently announced.”

Walmart confirmed the change to Reuters and it appears to extend both to Walmart’s website and its stores.

The chain is still selling Barnes & Noble(s bks)’s Nook as well as some other e-reader brands.

As with the change in Target’s policy, it’s unclear why Walmart stopped carrying Kindles. But the company is working hard to beef up its own e-commerce strategy. The company recently built its own shopping search engine, which it is now deploying on Walmart.com, and it takes cash for online purchases. Meanwhile, Amazon is trying to sell as much Amazon.com content to Kindle device users as possible. (The company is even selling physical products through Kindle Fire apps.) So it makes sense that Walmart would not want to turn over more sales to a competitor.

9 Responses to “Following Target, Walmart stops selling Kindles”

  1. Jean Dieng

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  2. I never once thought of buying Kindle at Walmart. I got it at Amazon. That’s also where I do most of my shopping. Why waste gas and time driving to a store when I can order it and get it shipped free? Walmart is positioning themselves into ebooks and dumping Kindle was their first step to achieving that goal. Nook will go soon.

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  4. Mathew Perry

    As much as I despise Walmart and the Waltons, good for them. Why promote Amazon’s services and products from a competitor. Amazon and Baldy Bezos are greedy as the Waltons. Amazon has gotten away with tax exemptions, distribution from competitors, and book pricing manipulation. Time for them to play in on more even turf.