Supporting indie bookstores with e-readers
It’s hard to resist the pull to e-readers, which are getting cheaper and more functional by the minute. These new devices allow bookworms to carry around as many titles as they want, without risking that pesky back strain associated with lugging a twenty-pound bag.
How does the poor soul who prides himself on buying books at his local, independent book store reconcile the use of his shiny new toy? How will that independent bookstore ever survive if everyone’s buying ebooks online?
Well, the American Booksellers Association has found a way to fight back. They’ve launched an ebook reading application that allows customers to purchase ebooks from their local, independent bookstores’ websites. Customers can purchase and read Google eBooks on any Android device, and they are able to read them later on their computer and many e-readers.
To check it out for yourself, search the Android market for IndieBound Reader. Then hit up the indie bookstores selling Google eBooks.
The best part about this app is that it allows readers to support independent bookstores anywhere, even if they live in an area that no longer has any.