Barnes & Noble is partnering with Google’s same-day delivery service, Google Shopping Express, to offer same-day shipping on books in 3 markets: Manhattan, west L.A. and San Francisco, the New York Times reported Thursday. The announcement comes a day after Amazon expanded its own same-day delivery program to 6 more cities.
Barnes & Noble actually already offered same-day delivery in Manhattan, so what’s new here is the Google partnership and the expansion of areas. With the partnership, the shopping takes place on Google’s website, not Barnes & Noble’s.
Google Shopping Express is currently offering free 6-month memberships. That offer expires August 15. After that, non-members will pay $4.99 per shipment; a rate for members hasn’t yet been announced. Amazon’s same-day program, meanwhile, charges $5.99 per shipment to Prime members and $9.98 to non-Prime members.