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Three Chains Strong Against Amazon


Indigo Books and Music has joined other bookstore chains Barnes and Noble and Books A-Million in vowing not to carry books published by Amazon’s publishing imprints. Time will only tell if it will put any dent on Amazon’s sales or not. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if indie bookstores didn’t regularly carry Amazon published books, although in order to survive I’m sure they would still happily fill out a special order for any book that their costumer wants. Because when it comes down to it, the ultimate goal of running a bookstore is to get the costumer the books they want and will enjoy.

As more stores are standing against Amazon, talks about the online super store opening brick and mortar stores are popping up again.

I have my doubts that a physical location for Amazon will truly work out, some much of their advantage is the fact that the online stores carry almost everything, and you don’t have to leave your house to shop there. A physical place unless it takes on a Costco like atmosphere as a warehouse store can’t possibly hope to offer the same amount of variety and discounts in items.

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2012 in News

 

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Bibliopirate/Indiebound Alliance


One of the reasons I left wordpress.com for my own privately hosted website was so I could join an affiliate program and thus be able to earn a commission off of the books I reviewed here. I don’t expect to be able to make my fortune or ever be able to run this blog full-time, but it would always be nice to earn something to help feed my reading problem, which will lead to more reviews.

Once I’ve decided to join an affiliate program I had to sort out which program was for me, the first thought was of course going to Amazon, they are without a doubt the leading seller of just about anything and have a well established affiliate program. The idea of using amazon though wasn’t sitting right with me, while in principle I have nothing wrong with the giant online supermarket, I don’t feel as if they need any help coaxing people to buy from them. In my heart of hearts I want to support my indie booksellers no matter what and I would feel the biggest hypocrite if I ever sent anyone to Amazon for a product they could  get elsewhere.

So not knowing where to go I’ve spent a few days looking up various programs I had my eye on the Google program for a bit, but was still undecided until I saw that Indiebound has an affiliate options, once I knew that, there was no question. Indiebound is for me.

I’m a great lover of the Indiebound organization and for years I’ve always collected their monthly publication Bookpage, for those of you who don’t know Bookpage is one of the best monthly book review magazines out there, and many bookstores and libraries carry free copies. So if ever there was place to send shoppers this is it. The Bibliopirate and Indiebound Alliance has been formed.

Please shop Indiebound and support small passionate bookstores.
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Posted by on February 2, 2012 in miscellany

 

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Occupy Amazon!


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/08/bookstores-boycott-amazon_n_1137773.html?ref=fb&ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009&src=sp&comm_ref=false

This here is an issue very near and dear to my heart. While working as a bookseller we had to deal with many people who would come in and make us research a title for them, and as soon as we got the information for them they’d tell us, “Oh I think I’ll just get it off Amazon.”

We even once had a child in the store who after getting a book recommendation from us, pulled out her kindle and bought it right then. She began to read her new title and was so enthralled with it, she managed to knock over a display of books, which threw many of our holiday picks to the floor. The girl failed to notice or help, and walked straight out the door.

All of this is fine, a bit irritating and just something to gripe about from time to time, we know we can’t compete price wise against Amazon, so we don’t try to. We’re not Amazon and don’t try to be them, and we know we can’t steal costumers from them, and that our businesses all in all don’t affect Amazon sales. So it seems rude of Amazon to try to steal business from the brick and mortars of the world.

I won’t go as far as to say “Boycott Amazon” I after all do have my Amazon account and I love the Amazon instant features for movies, all I can ask is if you go to a store, and decide to buy something while there, please buy it from that store.  Your local stores are always there and happy to help you find something, but they’re not libraries they still need to sell their merchandise. They don’t carry stock to be a physical browsing spot for amazon. I will say this if you do your shopping on amazon and are looking for say a good book, or the proper title of a book, you should go to a library and ask a librarian, they would be delighted to help you.

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I realize now when first writing this article I completely failed to mention the main reason that caused me to write it in the first place. I was reading an article from the Huffington Post  about boycotting and “occupying Amazon” which was centered around complaints about one of Amazon’s new promotions where if someone scans an item at a store and then buys it off Amazon that person will receive an additional five percent off the item purchased. This promotion has really set off the community of indie brick and mortar stores and at least one senator from Maine, Olympia Snowe. Outside of that promotion I really don’t have much of a problem with Amazon, they’re a serious competitor surely, but if someone isn’t willing to compete to be successful they should probably get out of the business.

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2011 in News

 

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