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  •  Here's a way to avoid more painful loss: (11+ / 0-)

    Go to Amazon and create a wish list.  When you read about some cool book on Bookflurries or in the Sunday paper, just go to Amazon and put it on your wishlist.  Do not buy it.

    Then, when you are ready to go shopping, print out the wishlist and take it with you to your local, independent store.  If they don't have what you want, order it there.

    Another thing to do if you must shop online:  buy used books from small  vendors on Amazon.  

    It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

    by Radiowalla on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 09:07:12 AM PDT

    •  Ah, but you don't even have to go to Amazon (4+ / 0-)

      to make a wish list. Powell's, the Strand, and more bookstores now have wish list apps on their sites.

      Too many in this country feel the Constitution should include the 2nd Amendment. And nothing else.

      by blueoregon on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 09:13:26 AM PDT

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    •  There is a used bookstore downtown. (2+ / 0-)
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      I went there for the first time last week, and bought four books.  Am almost finished reading the last one.

      Here's the dilemma: no writer nor publisher is getting money from my transactions there...furthering the problems of publishing in this nation.

      But the prices are affordable for me.

      Amazon is horrible: but at least the writer and publisher get their cut of my cash. And it's still cheaper than buying from bricks & mortar stores that sell new books.

      Ethically, there is no dilemma: always buy new.  Financially, though, can't afford to and: I will NOT forego books.  So I must buy unethically.

      Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

      by Youffraita on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 12:42:05 PM PDT

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      •  You are right about supporting (3+ / 0-)
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        the writer and publisher and if you buy "used," you can't do that.  OTOH, if you buy "used" you are saving resources and keeping small businessmen alive.  But I take your point completely.  

        I also have a Barnes and Noble account and occasionally buy new from them.  I also buy e-books and that gives the author a cut.  

        It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

        by Radiowalla on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 03:36:46 PM PDT

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    •  Many books you find on eBay (3+ / 0-)
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      blueoregon, Brecht, mayim

      and other such sites are actually coming from small book stores. Not a perfect solution, but I make an effort to find what I want in NW stores... feels a little more like shopping locally.

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