~Post by Buyer & Inventory Operations Supervisor Elizabeth Jordan
Tablets like the iPad and e-readers like the Nook will undoubtedly be among some of the hottest gifts this holiday season. We know that a great many of our customers have already made the plunge into the digital reading world and that many more will do so soon. Going digital, however, does not have to mean going corporate. You can embrace the digital future of reading and still support your local bookstore. We sell e-books. All of them. And, thanks to the support of our publisher friends, we sell them at the same price as the other guys.
There are a few things you should know before you commit to that e-reading device for yourself or someone on your list, however.
A few months ago we received a customer comment that read:
“I have moved to the Kindle and want to still support you. Could you partner with Amazon in such a way that if I bought the book while in your store you would get a cut of the sale?”
This is one of the most common questions we receive about e-books and while we appreciate the fact that our Kindle-using customers still want to support us, the fact is that KINDLE = AMAZON. The Amazon Kindle (in all its numerous forms) is a proprietary device and as such any user of it is committed to buying all of their e-book content from Amazon. And while the thought of Amazon some day wanting to partner with the independent bookstores that so often drive their customers’ tastes and purchases is charming, Amazon’s actions in the past, make that seem an unlikely future.
If you want to read digitally and it is important to you to remain loyal to your local, independent bookstore, then please consider any of the other e-reading devices available for sale. We can be your digital bookstore for any device other than the Kindle (yes, we even sell e-books for Barnes & Noble’s Nook!). So, if you’re in the market for an e-reading device, check out this chart to compare and contrast the numerous options. But remember, KINDLE = AMAZON.
Finally, if you do find yourself the brand new owner of shiny new e-reading device this holiday season, we’d love to show you how to become a BookPeople e-book customer. Starting in the week after Christmas we will be offering an e-book concierge service. Make an appointment, bring in your new e-reading device and one of our specially trained booksellers will walk you through the process of buying e-books from BookPeople. Keep checking our blog for more details of this program as they become available.
At BookPeople we champion reading in all of its forms. From the physical book to the e-book, we strive to get the right book in the right format in the right hands. We have always been the source you trust for book recommendations and we want to continue to play that role for you even if your future reading habits migrate from the physical to the e-book. Thank you for your support.