Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Support Independent Booksellers and Authors By Using INDIEBOUND

Most books (MindStir Media titles included) listed on Amazon.com, BN.com, etc. are also automatically listed within IndieBound's database and linked to indie bookstores' websites, making it easy for book connoisseurs to buy books from independent booksellers instead of the corporate giants. Each book listing has its own page. Indemnity by Paula Wiseman (the listing is still "processing"), for example, has green and blue buttons directly next to the book cover. They're pretty self-explanatory, but my favorite button is BUY ONLINE FROM AN INDIE BOOKSTORE. Click that button and you're brought to a screen that requests your zip code. Enter the code, hit GO, and you'll see a host of indie bookstores where the book is being sold. Select your favorite local bookstore and BAM...there's the book, ready for checkout at Jabberwocky Bookshop in Newburyport, MA. If you're an author, give this a try with your book(s).

I encourage you to join the IndieBound community. It's free and easy to sign up. IndieBound also offers an option to become an affiliate (I'm not one, but I think I'll sign up shorty). Looks like a valuable program which could be great for indie authors and publishers!

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