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A Very Indy Holiday

A lot of people are up in arms (and rightly so) about Amazon encouraging consumers to browse brick and mortar shops to find books, gifts or whatever, but then to actually buy the stuff from Amazon instead. In tough times when so many indy retailers are barely making ends meet, this seems like a particularly brutal fuck you. I know money is tight for everyone, but the holidays are supposed to be about generosity and giving back to the community, right?

I'm not going to hold it against anyone that prefers to shop through Amazon. I love using Amazon to buy e-books for my Kindle and to pick up various other small inexpensive items throughout the year. I'll be using Amazon to e-publish my hardboiled lesbian PI novel BUTCH FATALE, DYKE DICK early next year and I hope you guys will all buy three copies. I'm the last person on earth to be boycotting Amazon. Which I'm not. I'm just saying that Amazon isn't gonna go hungry this holiday season if you spend your money elsewhere. The same can't be said for your local indy bookseller.

So, in the spirit of whatever holiday you choose to celebrate, I propose a little switcheroo. Check out the items on my Amazon wish list (many of which are linked from indy retailers anyway) write down the titles and then go buy them in a real store. Or order them online from a real store, owned by a real person, like Murder By the Book, for example.

Then you can snail mail your holiday purchases, fan letters, chocolates, shoes, severed ears or whatever to my brand spanking new mailbox out here in the burbs:

11144 Balboa Blvd. #104
Granada Hills CA 91344

Also, as always, you can send me copies of my own books to be signed and/or personalized. Just be sure to include a self-addressed stamped envelope with sufficient postage for the weight of the book(s.)


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Dec. 13th, 2011 01:05 am (UTC)

We have a holiday book exchange here at work. I drew the name of a close colleague, who thankfully had an Amazon wishlist. I printed out her list and went to Vroman's. We can spend up to $25, so I picked two books off her wishlist that added up to just about $20.00.

When I went to the cashier, he said, "Fifty dollars and thirty-one cents, please!"

One of the book's was $7 more than listed on Amazon, and the other was $20 more (effectively TRIPLE).

I suspect that's why Amazon is being so cheeky. They know that brick and mortar shops in some cases charge from 33% to triple what Amazon charges, plus Amazon will ship free if you order enough. In tough economic times, they know there's not going to be any competition.

I'm glad I shopped at Vroman's. I love that store. But my colleague will have to enjoy a little less than I'd hoped.

Dec. 13th, 2011 01:42 am (UTC)
I know what you mean, and that's what makes it such a tough issue. I certainly don't have a magic answer.

Eric Stone had some interesting stuff to say on this issue on a recent post - http://ericstonebooks.blogspot.com/2011/12/brave-awful-great-new-world-amazon.html
Dec. 13th, 2011 05:12 am (UTC)
You rock.
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