Who they are: Bookstore was positioned as the main competitor of Amazon in book e-commerce, which allows independent bookstores to sell and fulfill through an account with Bookshop instead of managing their own online orders. Customers can find independent bookstore partners who can assist them so that the full profit from their purchases goes straight to that bookstore. Revenue from purchases made independently of a particular bookstore is shared among independent bookstores, regardless of whether they are affiliated with the site. (BuzzFeed is currently a Bookshop affiliate partner.)
Who they are: Biblio has been an online marketplace for booksellers since 2003. In 2005 they also established their non-profit Biblioworks foundation, which supports international book campaigns and distributes them to hospitals, prisons, schools and underfunded communities around the world.
- Great user experience – an extensive advanced search system allows you to limit yourself to your most specific preferences while browsing the bookstores by location to search the inventory as if you were in the store
- Massive inventory
- Paid rewards program
- Supports independent bookstores around the world
- Commitment to global social responsibility through donations to literacy and environmental initiatives
Who they are: Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Portland, Oregon-based institution is one of the world’s largest independent bookstores. For my money, the online arm competes with each of the e-commerce giants – and beats many.
- Extensive collection of used books – you can even log in to see when certain titles are available second-hand
- Regular sales – check out the current 20% discount a curated list of must-read Japanese novels
- Expertise of the employees, great blog
- Flat-rate shipping fee of â¬ 3.99, free shipping from â¬ 50
- Buy books remotely
Who they are: Libro.fm is an audiobook subscription service that shares profits with independent bookstores; They currently work with over 9,000 salespeople. You can choose a local bookstore to support you with either a $ 14.99 / month subscription (which gives you audiobook credit per month plus 30% off additional purchases) or Ã la carte purchases. I joined over a year ago and have been yelling about it ever since.
Who they are: Thrift books describes itself as “the world’s largest independent online seller of used books” but, despite its size (over 13 million titles!), is a lover. They also have a proven history of giving back: they share in the profits with libraries; work with nonprofits to donate books to underfunded schools, prison libraries, and more; and they are committed to environmentally friendly practices.
- Huge used stock
- Low prices
- Reward program
- Hand-rated (ie precisely described) books
- Free shipping over $ 10
- User-friendly app
- Solid personnel selection
Who they are: Alibris has sold used books online since 1998 and now has over 170 million items in inventory for customers to purchase direct from independent sellers around the world.
- Extensive selection, especially in used textbooks
- International sellers
- Thorough search and rating systems
- Choose collections with free shipping
- Also sells music and films
Who they are: Kobo is * the * e-book alternative to Kindle. Users rave about it Kobo e-reader and their audiobook and e-book libraries, as well as the fact that You can use it to borrow and read e-books from the library.
- Excellent website, app and user experience
- Extensive library
- Collection of highly rated e-reader models
- Integrated OverDrive function in feature Select models, with which you can borrow e-books directly from libraries
- Affordable audio book subscription ($ 9.99 / month)
- Choose free and DRM free title
- Reward program
- Frequent discounts and deals
- Student discount program
Who they are: Scribd started as a publishing platform in 2007 but has since expanded into a reading and listening subscription platform, although their library is limited (but growing). It stands out for its collection of niche documents uploaded by users, especially academic papers and grades.
- Unlimited downloads, albeit from a limited library – browse (or try the free trial) before you commit
- Intuitive app and user experience
- Cheap ($ 9.99 / month) subscription fee
Find: E-books, audio books, textbooks, journals and magazines
Who they are: OverDrive and Libby are apps that readers can use to borrow e-books, audio books and more from participating libraries free of charge. Libby is the recommended and most up-to-date app, although OverDrive offers better accessibility, multimedia streaming, and multilingual capabilities. (OverDrives Sora app is especially for students.)
- Free books!
- Intuitive app and user experience
- Allows you to support your public library
- Available to library members around the world
- Available on multiple devices
- Strong social media and user community
IndieBound doesn’t sell online, but it can help you find and connect with an independent bookstore in your community – many of which sell online and offer shipping, on-site delivery, or roadside collection. Buying new books from a small business is almost certainly more expensive than using the websites mentioned above, but if you can do it it will be a worthwhile investment.
“Independent bookstores invest heavily in critical community building work, providing expert curation, free literary programming and local jobs,” said Danny Caine, author of How can you resist Amazon and why? and owner of the Raven Bookstore. “Plus, most of every dollar spent in an independent bookstore stays in your community.”