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'Where Should You Buy Your Books?' by Dani Blum
Dani Blum writes the following for The New York Times:
The last year has seen expanded options for buying books online, as more bookstores have developed websites, and e-commerce sites like Bookshop.org gain traction. But massive retailers like Amazon continue to dominate the bookselling business, and readers may be torn between the desire to support local bookstores and the convenience and price of online delivery giants. …
For those who want to discover and support new writers, rather than waiting for splashy releases, independent bookstores tend to be a better option. …
If you can’t order directly from a bookstore, e-commerce sites like IndieBound and Bookshop.org allow you to purchase from independents, which receive a cut of the profits. …
And if you do buy from Amazon, pre-ordering books can be helpful for writers, said Kate McKean, vice president at the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency—particularly since Amazon tends to send more data to publishers about pre-orders, which can indicate a book’s popularity.
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