When it comes to buying books online, Amazon has more than likely been your “go-to” online retailer. And, why not! They sell just about everything that today’s consumers are looking for, and it’s just so darn convenient.
However, Amazon is not a perfect company. Time and time again, the online retailer has come under criticism for its workplace practices which really got a lot of scrutiny during the COVID pandemic. Plus, some other online bookstores offer cheaper prices and have more expertise when it comes to niche genres.
So, if you’ve decided that Jeff Bezos doesn’t need any more of your money, and that it’s time to break your “Amazon addiction” and are looking for other online bookstores, the good news is that there are plenty of online retailers from which to choose.
Some of your best options include:
- Barnes and Noble
- Thrift Books
Searching in person
While buying books online is a convenient option, and in many cases, more “cost-friendly,” especially when it comes to hardcover books, finding a local bookstore is another option, and, by patronizing it, you’re helping to support a small business owner in your community.
Other benefits that people cite when asked why they like shopping in a more traditional book shop:
- You can “test drive” the book before deciding to purchase it
- While you’re browsing in the store, you may find a something you didn’t know that you wanted to add to your “must-read” list
- The staff are great at recommending books; many stores have a section devoted to “staff picks”
- Bookstores hold events such as book signings, book readings, and book clubs
- Local bookstores are proud supporters of local authors, especially those that are self-published
- In addition to books, many indie bookstores sell unique gifts, toys, puzzles, and stationary
- You can get a good deal on gently read paperbacks
Supporting the authors
If you want to support your favorite authors, first you may want to learn how book authors make money before deciding on where you should buy their books – at independent bookstores, brick and mortar chains, from the authors’ websites, from any of the online bookstores, or from Amazon.
In addition to supporting an author by buying their books, you can rate and review authors on places like Goodreads and Amazon as well as bookstore websites. Follow your favorite authors on social media and/or post on social media about their books. Join an author’s mailing list.
The good news is that there are more ways for today’s authors to go about getting their books published and available to the public. And, today’s authors can have more control over the process if they self-publish.
So, what are you waiting for…go out and buy a good book!