May 28, 2015
How to shop on Amazon.com & purchase from an indie bookstore
by Kirsten Reach
Want to browse on Amazon but buy locally? There’s a Chrome extension for that.
The extension has the unfortunate name Bookindy, but it serves a great purpose: allowing online buyers to see whether the book she’s after is in stock at a bookstore nearby. It allows price-comparing, and even offers a delivery service from local stores.
The only catch? It’s UK only. For now.
In a piece for Medium, Will Cookson writes:
I think we do care about local independent shops but we’ve turned into lazy, laptop-in-bed, impulse purchase type people, who crave convenience. If we are to buy from independent bookshops again, we’re not going to change our ways based on pangs of guilt or a sense of obligation. We demand something as convenient as Amazon. We demand something that gives us the choice of where to buy a book from with no extra effort.
With this in mind, I asked myself the question:
Can you promote local independent bookshops on the very system that’s designed to destroy them?
You can investigate for yourself here.
Kirsten Reach is an editor at Melville House.