It’s been a while since I’ve had a weekend free in downtown Lausanne. Yesterday I had a chance to do some shopping, and I decided to visit Payot to see how eReaders were doing since the last time I checked.
I went straight to the second floor where I had last seen eReaders on display in a glass case near the center of the store. I found the case not far away, but it was practically empty, and there were no eReaders. I walked around for a while and was about to conclude that Payot wasn’t offering eReaders at all anymore. Then I saw them. At the back of the store, beside the service desk, in a glass case behind a sofa where no one would ever notice.
In fact, even if someone were looking for them, like I was, they wouldn’t have an easy time finding them. The case was just next to the emergency exit, ironically fitting, and since it was behind the sofa, it was difficult to see exactly what was inside. There were two models: a Cybook Opus, which was on sale for 99 Swiss Francs and a Cybook Odyssey with front light for CHF189. There were a total of about 4-5 readers in the case.
Not far away was a discount bin.
I walked around the store a bit to see if they had made any other changes. It was fairly busy, so that’s a good sign anyway. Aside from noticing prominent displays of “Cinquante Nuances” (“Fifty Shades”) in several locations, the only other thing that caught my eye was the games in the children’s department. These were mostly card or learning games and puzzles. I don’t remember seeing any games at the bookstore before, but then I don’t go to the children’s section that often.
Just over a year ago, I posted that eReaders seemed to be going mainstream after I noticed a prominent display with eight different models at the FNAC (one of the main electronics stores) in downtown Lausanne. After seeing the eReader display hidden away in Payot, I decided to see if they had fared any better at the FNAC.
The short answer is no. It took me a while to spot the lone model amongst the tablets on display: a Kobo ARC HD on offer for CHF204. Oddly enough there seemed to be about a half a dozen different types of Kobo cases for that one model. I did not see any other eReaders, and no eInk.
So much for eReaders in Switzerland.