|Bookshelves at Robin's bookstore!|
Yes, I have the Kindle app loaded on my Toshiba tablet. Yes, I download books from Kindle all the time. Yes, I am an Amazon associate. And then I read this blog post: http://robintidwell.wordpress.com/2013/07/23/the-way-of-the-dodo/
Robin is a bookstore owner, and she is a friend of mine. We got acquainted in April at the Missouri Writers' Guild conference, and I visited her bookstore one month with my daughter for story time. I found this post of hers when a mutual writing friend told me to check out her blog; and for some reason, THIS TIME, I was like, "I can make a difference." I can stop promoting Amazon on my blog. I can order a book from her online. I can visit her bookstore to pick it up and buy another book--I can do my Christmas shopping there. I can become an affiliate of Indiebound.org instead of Amazon.com. I can do all of this, and I will.
I immediately purchased Divergent, the new, popular YA book, from Robin's store, All on the Same Page Bookstore; and I was able to do it online. It was less than $12.00, having it shipped to Robin's store! What a bargain and as easy as using Amazon. Plus then, even better, all the proceeds go to Robin's store.
That's when I decided that really, I could go Indie. I could buy my books at an Indie book store--in person or online. Yes, I would keep my Kindle app because so many authors offer FREE books for the Kindle; but if I'm going to purchase something, I decided that I would do it either in person in an Indie, local bookstore
or online through Indiebound.org.
I completely understand the ease and draw of Amazon! And I'm not telling you not to use them. I'm just asking you to consider visiting a local bookshop or searching online through a local bookshop to purchase your next book. As writers, we don't want bookstores to die. If it takes one behavior change to keep bookstores alive, are you willing to do it? Are you willing to buy local and Indie?
Margo is the author of Finding My Place: One Girl's Strength at Vicksburg.