My Amazon purchases are interesting. First, I bought some new, print editions on Amazon that I couldn’t find locally. I bought some used editions from vendors that advertised on Amazon, so Amazon took a percentage of the purchase price. Finally, I bought ebooks from Amazon. The real point here is that I shopped on Amazon because it was the only place that I could find all of the books that I wanted.
–David Keener on where he bought books in 2013.
This is particularly Relevant To My Interests. I think I’ve mentioned before that every now and again I go on a mission to try and not buy books from Amazon. Which means storming the local bookstores looking for titles. The last time I tried this, my shopping list included Naomi Novik, N.K. Jemisin, and Joe Hill.
I walked out with one from three, then gave up bought the other two on my phone via Amazon while I was exiting the last store.
Honestly, I don’t envy local bookstores their task of competing with Amazon (and our bookstore chain is local, given all the big nationals and multinationals have closed down). But, like, a decent backlist of ebooks and a navigible website would be a damn fine start…