Then someone on Twitter , and I didn’t keep track of who, mentioned IndieBound books. How in the world have I missed this site!
What they do is link independent bookstores across the country into a central place where you and I can buy books easily on the web while shopping locally. For example, they list and sell books from Mysterious Galaxy Books, a truly wonderful independent bookstore featuring both mysteries and science fiction here in San Diego. But it’s in a part of town that’s way off my normal track. In fact, going to that bookstore is the only reason I get to that part of town and since it means a couple of freeways for me I’d rather order online.
IndieBound has an affiliate program that’s easy to join and easy to use. I can choose to link locally or let you decide where you want to buy the books you order from.
They’ve also got interesting author interviews, a social network and even IndieGear.
I backed Amazon from their earliest days and I love shopping on the ‘net, but it may have been a mistake. Online bookstores have severely damaged independent bookstores. Now we all have a way to support the indies.
Here’s a statistic from IndieBound I’d only sensed: “Spend $100 at a local and $68 of that stays in your community. Spend the same $100 at a national chain, and your community only sees $43.”
I’ll be converting the book links here to IndieBound as I can get to it. And any books I recommend in the future will be linked to IndieBooks. If you sell books on your blog or site you might consider making the switch too.
Let’s all shop local.