I have an awesome local independent book store. While my local Barnes & Noble is having storytime and my local Books-A-Million is doing nothing that I know of, Malaprop's is bringing in some of my favorite authors for signings, and we're talking about some huge names. Diana Gabaldon, Barbara Kingsolver, and Chuck Palahniuk have all been to my small city in the past year. Also, these guys are boosting the local economy. Here's what IndieBound has to say about that:
Why shop Indie?This is a win in so many ways, I decided to go for it.
When you shop at an independently owned business, your entire community benefits:
* Spend $100 at a local and $68 of that stays in your community. Spend the same $100 at a national chain, and your community only sees $43.
* Local businesses create higher-paying jobs for our neighbors.
* More of your taxes are reinvested in your community--where they belong.
* Buying local means less packaging, less transportation, and a smaller carbon footprint.
* Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money to beautify your community.
* Local retailers are your friends and neighbors—support them and they’ll support you.
* Local businesses donate to charities at more than twice the rate of national chains.
* More independents means more choice, more diversity, and a truly unique community.
Now for Better World Books. Much as we would like to, we all can't afford brand new books all the time. I love to buy from Better World Books. Here's a statement from their website:
Better World Books collects and sells books online to fund literacy initiatives worldwide. With more than six million new and used titles in stock, we’re a self-sustaining, triple-bottom-line company that creates social, economic and environmental value for all our stakeholders.
You can read more. Basically, they buy books from people who don't want them, potentially keeping them out of the landfill; they sell quality used books to us inexpensively (most seem to be under $5); and they offset the carbon used in their shipping. With the money they make, they help fund literacy causes around the world, something we should all get behind. They've also donated over 2 million books to those literacy programs. With their 5 for $15 bargain bin and free shipping in the US and $3.97 shipping worldwide, there's a lot to love about this website and I wholeheartedly support them.
What this means for you and this blog:
I'm going to start linking any books I mention to either Malaprop's or Better World Books. I've also posted links to both in my sidebar. If you choose to purchase through those links, I will receive a very small percentage of the sale. Your prices will not be affected. I haven't decided what I'll do with any money I receive from the sites, but I'm thinking about donating it to my local library or Literacy Council, or possibly using it to help sponsor contests. I'm not expecting to generate much money from this. These are two stores that I endorse and I simply want to send more traffic their way.
What do you think?