Saturday, January 25, 2014
IndieBound & Kobo: Supporting local bookstores
There is a fantastic website called IndieBound where you can search for books and authors. Once you find the book, you simply type in your ZIP code and a list of independent bookstores near you will appear on screen. If the shop doesn't have the book on the shelves, ask them to order it. It's an easy way to help keep indie bookstores open in your community. I did a quick search for my novels Conquering Venus and Remain In Light and my poetry collection, Render, at IndieBound and received a lengthy list of indie bookstores here in Atlanta where you can buy them, including Charis Books & More, Bound to Be Read Books, Eagle Eye Bookshop and A Cappella Books.
Charis Books & More's website, enter an author's name or title in the eBook search and see what's available. My novels are there and at the same price you'd pay at Amazon or B&N. But if you buy your eBooks through Charis, they get a cut of the sale.
So the next time you're thinking of buying a book, considering doing it locally. Check IndieBound or visit your local bookstore's website and see if they have eBooks available. It's a tiny extra step, but the dividends are priceless.