Why Amazon?

Complete Beading for BeginnersYou might have noticed that when I refer to a book in my blog I usually include a link to the book on Amazon.ca or Amazon.com. An exception to this is when the book is available from Lost Borders Press. I want to support Meredith Little, who operates Lost Borders Press and who with her husband, Steven Foster, co-founded The School of Lost Borders.

I do this because of the value I find in looking up books on Amazon. It’s often possible to look inside the book, get reference info, and read people’s reviews of the book. When I want to buy a book that I can’t find at my local bookstore I look to Amazon.ca first, then Chapters.Indigo.ca. I prefer to buy from a Canadian site, in Canadian funds, with Canadian shipping. But if neither of them have it, I try Amazon.com, and then online used book sellers.

If it happens that you are interested in the book I mention, the link gives you the information you will need to find the book, such as the name of the publisher and the year it was published. Whether you want to get it from the library, buy it at your local bookstore, or buy it online.

Another reason I like Amazon is they sell my book! Complete Beading for Beginners. Or if you’re American, Complete Beading for Beginners! Of course, you can also pick it up at Country Beads on West 4th Avenue in Vancouver! Or at Beadworks on Granville Island. Not that I am trying to get you to buy my book!

In general I am opposed to having advertising on this web site. I hope that the links are subtle and don’t make you feel like I’m trying to sell something to you, because I’m not. Though if you decide you want to buy my book, that’s great! 🙂

However, I do want to let you know that I participate in Amazon’s associates program, at the urging of my friend and blog consultant, John Harper. What this means is that if you happen to click on a link to Amazon from my site, and buy anything on your visit to the Amazon site, I get 4% of the sale. But don’t worry, I’m not counting on this to fund my retirement! It is fine with me if you never click any of the links in this site.

4 thoughts on “Why Amazon?”

  1. Although I always check my local indie bookstore for a favourite title, I find the big on-line stores are great when you want to prepare a gift package of books for someone living in The Rest of Canada. But don’t count on Chapters or Amazon to inexpensively send your fave CanLit titles overseas – ouch $$

    Let the indies help.

    Kathleen Molloy, author – Dining with Death

  2. Kathleen, I agree it’s a great way to send books to friends in Canada and the US! Your book Dining with Death looks interesting. I’m going to check it out!

    John, funny you should say that, I just picked up 10 more No Trespassing signs on Tuesday when I went into Merritt to vote in the Canadian federal election. Cost $14! So we’ll see…

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