Thalia has just unveiled a bold new initiative that hopes that book shoppers will forgo buying the print edition and buy digital instead. The German bookseller now has a system where you can purchase the e-book directly from the cashier and a download code will be provided that can be redeemed online or on the Tolino e-reader. The vast majority of Thalia bookstores have wireless internet access, so all you need to do is bring in your Tolino and customer service will take care of the rest.
I think the Thalia system feels clunky because you have to know what you want to purchase and pay for it in the store. Chapters and Indigo Books has a more robust system in Canada, there are kiosks spread around the store that you can use to purchase the e-book via debit or credit card. The e-books are sent directly to your Kobo account, bypassing the need to get a code and redeeming it at a later date.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and Verge.