As we already know, Amazon is a mega-corporation that is a danger to the book business and independent booksellers. For a long time, it has also been the most convenient and easy way to purchase books. Because of this they have taken over a large portion of the bookselling market and pulled a huge chunk of the money spent on books away from indie booksellers and local bookshops – but this can change.
Bookshop.org is an online bookshop that rivals the conveniency of Amazon and aims to financially support local and independent booksellers. The website is just as convenient as Amazon with its easy-to-use interface and home delivery. It also shares the profits of its sales with independent bookshops around the UK. Buyers can choose to find a specific local bookshop to support and their chosen business will receive the full profit from the order made. Otherwise, each order contributes to an ‘earnings pool’ which is distributed among independent bookshops. Bookshop.org claim to give away over 75% of their profit margin to stores, publications and authors. They are an honest, convenient and ethical business that support our independent bookshops. It’s a no-brainer.
Independent bookshops are the lifeblood of the bookselling and literary business. They are truly magical places. Places where children fall in love with literature. Places where book-lovers can find solace amongst the shelves. Places filled with wonder and love. Independent bookshops support authors and customers alike. They host events and help to bring the love of books and reading into our communities. In a world where more and more people are buying books online, more and more indie bookshops are closing their doors.
The world would be a much darker, much sadder place to live without our independent bookshops. Don’t let them die. Support local and independent bookshops. Visit them in person. Order direct from their websites if they offer delivery. Otherwise, shop with bookshop.org. Don’t give your money to billionaires, give it to the people and organisations that love books just as much as you do.
You can find the store at uk.bookshop.org.
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