This is a really interesting development. Coupled with Pearson’s takeover of RedGroup’s online retailing operations in Australia it would appear that while bricks and mortar retailing is providing much of the sound and fury, the strategic battleground market is, in fact, the online space. Amazon is clearly seeking to neutralise a competitor, that had been making a really strong incursion, especially in the antipodean neck of the woods, and Pearson looking to enter retail to bolster its route to market.
Update: An interesting critical view of the Pearson story from Peter Donoghue here.
Update 2: This from The Wheeler Centre website