On Wednesday I shared a 5-star memoir about a woman who worked as an executive at Amazon for over a decade. I knew, even as I was making my disdain for Amazon clear in my review (it’s a horrible company and Bezos a walking Napoleon complex in an interminable midlife crisis), that I was on shaky ground for anyone who’s been reading The Gilmore Guide to Books regularly. Under every book I review is a purchase link to Amazon. If I find them to be so vile and reprehensible, then why do I advertise for them? Hypocritical, right?
Believe me, I have wrestled with this since I started this blog. Unfortunately, while I love The Gilmore Guide to Books it does cost money to operate and being an Amazon affiliate is a way to earn a small amount of cash for those expenses. Also, I am a huge supporter of independent bookstores and do all my book shopping where I live, but know that many of my readers don’t have indie stores near them. Or they only read e-books, making Amazon their only option. Thankfully, there’s a group out there now that allows you to support small book stores AND get all the newest releases.
A bit of explanation is in order. Bookshop.org is a nonprofit organization that lets customers buy a book online and have the proceeds go to the independent bookstore of their choice. Their link comes first under my review. When you click on it you’ll be purchasing the book from an indie store and I’ll get a small commission (no cost to you). You can set up a free account the same way you do with Amazon. They charge shipping fees, but the books are discounted to offset them. More importantly, the profits go directly to either the store you choose or a pooled fund comprised of all participating stores (over 1,000 stores and growing).
Finally, you’ll notice a new search bar on the right-hand side of the blog page.
You can use it to search Bookshop for any of the books you want. Easy peasy and feels so much better than giving an egomaniacal manchild YOUR money to go to space rather than give back (proportionately) to the planet and people who made his billions possible.
And in case you were wondering—the adorable kitten with a book graphic was my attempt at to ease my guilt for still having an Amazon link. Because who doesn’t love kittens and books?!!