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Friday, August 28, 2015

Visit Your Local Library

Dear friends,
When possible, visit your local library or independent bookseller, PLEASE, not Amazon books. After reading the recent article about Amazon in the New York Times, I want to encourage my readers here on Words+Ideas to make every effort to check out my recommendations at their local library or purchase from the nearest independent bookseller.  The way employees are treated at Amazon is just frightening.  In future, I will change my links to books I recommend on this site to the excellent WorldCat link which shows you the nearest library to find the book, just as Maria Popova does on her excellent site, Brain Pickings. At times, I will still use my Kindle (I love reading in the dark with my Paperwhite Kindle) and occasionally order from Amazon for convenience's sake. I'm not perfect, but I do try to do the right thing. So I am urging you all to try to keep libraries and booksellers alive while supporting your habit. Thank you.
Your favorite book blogger

1 comment:

  1. Harriet, I am with you! Someone to whom I am very close sent me a book published by University Press of Mississippi. She bought it through Amazon, and I even hesitated to read it. Too many friends in Mississippi own fabulous bookstores, and I believe in supporting my friends. Even if you don't have a friend who owns or works at a local bookstore, it's a great place to make friends--not just the books, but the humans, too.