I came across this post from Larry Portzline over at THE BOOKSTORE TOURISM BLOG. I thought the sentiment was so well expressed and I couldn’t agree more strongly so here it is:
I had a pleasant email exchange with a visitor to my blog a couple of days ago about the temptation to buy new books online. With the price and convenience, who can blame anyone?
But here’s what I told her:
I often look up books on Amazon just to get the title, author and ISBN number, and then I send off a quick email to my local indie and ask them to order it for me or set aside a copy. And sure enough a couple of days later I get an email back saying they have it ready. (In fact I just got a reply this morning.) It’s so nice, because it’s ALMOST as easy as ordering on the web, and I can pick it up at my leisure — usually when I go in to browse [and end up buying at least one more book]. The price is a few bucks more, but I know the money is going to a good cause.
And that cause, of course, supports my local indie bookstore, independent business in general, AND my local economy.
Corporations in other states already get enough of your hard-earned cash. Why not keep more of it local? Thanks to the Internet it’s easier than ever, and once you get in the habit, you’ll wonder why you were ever tempted to go beyond your city line.