When I first started, I linked all books I referenced to Amazon, since it’s convenient and would allow someone ease to purchase the books I was discussing. But as I thought more about this decision, it felt like an endorsement and I want to remain company and format agnostic for now.
I have written about my approach to reading, which is all over the place- I use a Kindle, a Kobo, a Nook. I was on Oyster and Scribd. I buy used books from local Friends of the Library stores and some of the amazing bookstores in my area. I buy the latest hardcover from the local independent bookstores that I love to visit. I am a library power user- I have 3 library cards because the state I live in allows me to be a member of any library in the state so long as I can prove residency on a regular basis. And most of the work that I borrow is in digital or audio book format. But I also hunt for Kindle sales through a number of sites and on Twitter. I get a thrill by paying $1.99 for an ebook that I am excited about and letting it sit in my digital collection until I am ready to get to it.
So I have decided that instead of linking to Amazon directly, I will in the near future link to Goodreads. (And while I know that Amazon owns Goodreads, it does off the opportunity for people to evaluate the prices that the book is being sold from some of the various companies- Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Audible, Book Depository, etc.) The reason I think this is the right thing for me to do, is that I am hoping that readers of the blog will start Goodread lists based on the discussions, and how (or if ) they purchase the book is beside the point. I want to keep this going as long as I can, but I also know that there may be costs down the road, if the blog grows in followers and size, and that may mean that I revisit this but for right now, the biggest goal is to connect with other to build a community of readers.
Link up with us on Goodreads and let’s see each other’s book lists!
Just out of curiosity- where do most of you get your books from?