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Friday, December 30, 2011

How to Buy E-Books Through Your Indie Bookstore

Picture of an independent bookstore
When I began using my ereader extensively, I started getting pangs of guilt that I was neglecting my independent bookstores.  I now do the vast majority of my reading via ereader (Kindle or iPad - whichever strikes my fancy) and so I haven't been able to patronize my indies (Anderson's Bookshop and Barbara's Bookstore in Chicago and Valley Bookstore in Jackson, Wyoming) like I used to.  The other day I watched my old stand-by You've Got Mail and once again, my guilty conscience went into overdrive.

Then everything changed.  Beginning in early December, bookstores in the IndieBound network began selling books that can be read on most ereaders.  Huzzah!  I no longer feel like I need to go to confession for my terrible habit of buying books from the big, bad corporations.  Best part - the stores' prices match all the big boys (this is mainly because ebook prices are now almost entirely publisher-controlled) and any book that's available through Google books is for sale.  There are few things you'll need in order to buy through your local:

  1. A Google ID and password.  The stores sell the Google electronic versions of the books, so this is necessary.  If you don't have a Google ID, you can sign up for one here (no charge).
  2. The free IndieBound Reader app, available at the app store of your choice: Apple or Android.
  3. An ereader or smartphone, obviously. You can read the books on your iPad, Kindle Fire, Nook Color, Sony Reader or Kobo, plus your iPhone, Droid or BlackBerry.  Additionally, almost all ereader software is available for Macs or PCs, so if you're a fan of reading on your laptop (not my favorite way, but I've done it), you can do that as well.
  4. A bookstore that's a member of the IndieBound consortium.  To find out if your favorite store sells ebooks, or to find a new indie to support, check out the list here.
Once you've followed these steps, it's pretty easy to find, buy and download the books.

If you need better directions, Anderson's has an easy-to-follow tutorial.  Happy reading!

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