Thursday, February 04, 2010

Post Your Amazon Alternatives Here

SFWA removes Amazon.com links from website

Despite their acknowledgment a few days ago that ultimately, however, we will have to capitulate and accept Macmillan's terms, it appears that Amazon still hasn't restored the ability to buy titles from Macmillan or its subsidiary publishers (including mine) at its website. Whatever your feelings about who's right and who's wrong here, it's undeniable that this is hurting authors more than it's hurting either Amazon or Macmillan. So the Science Fiction Writers of America has decided that they "would prefer to send traffic to stores where the books can actually be purchased." To that end, they're taking the Amazon links from their website and substituting links to indiebound.org, Powell’s, Barnes and Noble, and Borders.

I've also posted links here to Park Road Books, Seattle Mystery Bookshop, and Murder By the Book.

Anyone else have suggestions for online bookstores? Post them here, with links. Amazon's been the big dog too long.


13 comments:

Maria Lima said...

Favorite indy bookstore: Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego:

http://www.mystgalaxy.com

Wendy C. said...

Great idea, Dusty! My favorite bookstore and a Publisher Weekly Bookseller of the Year: Northshire Books in Manchester, VT (BTW, they have signed copies of my book, DOUBLE BLACK: A SKI DIVA MYSTERY available).

J.E. Seymour said...

http://www.waterstreetbooks.com/

anne said...

I like www.abebooks.com

Jim Hetley said...

Reports of at least some of the Amazon links coming back. I haven't done a survey . . .

However, I'll throw in a plug for actually going out to a physical, bricks-and-mortar bookstore. You know, those things? That allow you to browse *other* books that you may never have heard of?

L.J. Sellers said...

Powell's bookstore in Portland, OR, has a terrific online shop with free shipping on orders of $50 or more.
http://www.powells.com

Jeff Mariotte said...

I have to second Maria's, but with fair notice that I'm also an owner of Mysterious Galaxy. But really, ANY independent store--keep your bookbuying money in your community, paying your neighbors a living wage, contributing to the tax base for libraries and schools, etc. Why send your hard-earned dough to Jeff Bezos?

Woodstock said...

Tattered Cover in Denver has a very nice website, with the ability to search by title and by author. Also Powells in Portland Oregon. www.tatteredcover.com, likewise www.powells.com. I buy from them both. Get a few non book items from Amazon on occasion, stuff that is hard to find in local retail. When I buy books (for economic reasons, I patronize the local library), I usually go to TC or Powells. I believe that Powells, which has a significant used book market, will also let you set up a "wish list" and they are proactive in seeking out hard to find titles, and will look for a new edition as well as used.

Anonymous said...

Books-A-Million
http://www.booksamillion.com/

Maria Lima said...

I'd also like to mention that if you're in this to support authors, make sure to buy new - not used, because authors don't get $$ from used/resale books.

/soapbox

Louise Ure said...

I'd add Book Passage in Marin County, CA, just north of San Francisco.

http://www.bookpassage.com

Tom said...

The Mystery Bookstore, on Broxton in Los Angeles:
http://www.mystery-bookstore.com/blog/

. . . or, if in the upper Midwest, Mystery Lovers Bookshop in Pittsburgh:
http://www.mysterylovers.com/

And did we mention that MacMillan proposes a sliding scale of costs for e-books, whereas Amazon wants to control The Whole Damn Thing, and doesn't mind slagging authors in the process?

JD Rhoades said...

Tom: why yes, I have mentioned that. Elsewhere...it needs to be a post here, I think.