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“Amazon”

An interesting and thought-provoking article from Facebook via a local bookstore. An author and local bookstore owner sends out a public plea for readers to resist buying his new novel from Amazon. He implores readers to buy it straight from the publisher. The reason is very simple, and is not dissimilar from why Walmart can bring you everyday low prices: the publisher realizes very little of the purchase price owing to Amazon’s discounting policies. I notice the number of new bookstores has increased in the last couple of years, which is likely owing to the improving economy. I think any community that is so inclined can support a small, independent bookstore. But if having a neighborhood bookstore is important to the neighborhood, it can be done. Even if it means only buying half your books on Amazon, or one in three, or buying discounted books from local bookstores. Jaime Clarke really nails it: “But inherent in the book is the idea of reading, and as a society we have respect for reading so much so that we disparage reading things on our computers as a matter of rote.” I imbue reading with seriousness and I see myself in a relationship with the book I read.

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