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Google eBooks available through Indie Bookstores!

c/o http://www.indiebound.org/

The Word From Paige

Indie bookstore customers no longer have to choose between reading digital and supporting their local bookstore — the American Booksellers Association announced today, Monday, December 6, 2010, that ABA member stores with IndieCommerce websites are now selling Google eBooks™ online. Google launched its ebook program today.

A Google eBook is a new form of cloud-based digital book that allows readers to access their libraries on almost any device from one single repository, regardless of where the ebook was purchased. ABA has partnered with Google because of its open and accessible platform so ABA member bookstores can provide an easy way for their customers to discover, read, and buy ebooks at competitive prices. Google is offering hundreds of thousands of titles for sale, ranging from new releases and bestsellers in every category to classics in the public domain.

A list of participating ABA member stores that have opted-in to sell Google eBooks online can be found below. (This list of stores will be updated periodically.) Because Google eBooks work with myriad devices — tablets, smartphones, computers, even most e-ink devices — consumers are free to shop from a variety of retailers rather than being bound to one retailer. This opens up a wealth of indie recommendations and bestsellers to avid ebook readers.

Alabama Booksmith Birmingham, AL
Antigone Books Tucson, AZ
Changing Hands Bookstore Tempe, AZ
Mostly Books Tucson, AZ
Bay Books San Ramon CA San Ramon, CA
Book Passage Corte Madera, CA
Books Inc. San Francisco, CA
Bookshop Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA
DIESEL A Bookstore Oakland, CA
Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle’s Children’s Books Mendocino, CA
Green Apple Books San Francisco, CA
Hicklebee’s San Jose, CA
Kepler’s Books & Magazines Menlo Park, CA
Mrs. Nelson’s Toy and Book Shop La Verne, CA
Mysterious Galaxy Books San Diego, CA
Pegasus & Pendragon Fine Books Berkeley, CA
Russo’s Books Bakersfield, CA
SFSU Bookstore San Francisco, CA
Skylight Books Los Angeles, CA
Spellbinder Books & Coffee Bishop, CA
The Book Works Del Mar, CA
The Booksmith San Francisco, CA
Vroman’s Bookstore Pasadena, CA
Warwick’s La Jolla, CA
Bookworm of Edwards Edwards, CO
Boulder Book Store Boulder, CO
Maria’s Bookshop Durango, CO
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore Steamboat Springs, CO
Old Firehouse Books Fort Collins, CO
Tattered Cover Book Store Historic LoDo Denver, CO
Barrett Bookstore Darien, CT
R.J. Julia Booksellers Madison, CT
The Hickory Stick Bookshop Washington Depot, CT
UCONN Co-op Bookstore Storrs Mansfield, CT
Politics and Prose Washington, DC
Books & Books Inc. Coral Gables, FL
Inkwood Books Tampa, FL
Through the Magic Door Atlanta, GA
Book Vault Oskaloosa, IA
River Lights Bookstore Dubuque, IA
The Rediscovered Bookshop Boise, ID
Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville, IL
Seminary Co-Operative Bookstore Inc. Chicago, IL
The Book Table Oak Park, IL
Women & Children First Inc. Chicago, IL
Viewpoint Books Columbus, IN
Rainy Day Books Fairway, KS
Carmichael’s Louisville, KY
Poor Richard’s Bookstore Frankfort, KY
Octavia Books New Orleans, LA
Broadside Bookshop Inc. Northampton, MA
Brookline Booksmith Brookline, MA
Food For Thought Books Amherst, MA
HugoBookstores Andover , MA
Nantucket Bookworks Nantucket, MA
Porter Square Books Inc. Cambridge, MA
The Bookloft Great Barrington, MA
Novel Places Rockville, MD
Longfellow Books Portland, ME
Bestsellers Books & Coffee Co Mason, MI
Brilliant Books Suttons Bay, MI
McLean & Eakin Booksellers Petoskey, MI
Saturn Booksellers Gaylord, MI
Schulerbooks.com Grand Rapids, MI
Best of Times Bookstore Red Wing, MN
The Book Shelf Winona, MN
The Bookcase Wayzata, MN
Wild Rumpus Minneapolis, MN
Left Bank Books Saint Louis, MO
Subterranean Books Saint Louis, MO
Square Books Oxford, MS
Fact & Fiction Missoula, MT
Buxton Village Books Buxton, NC
Flyleaf Books Chapel Hill, NC
Island Bookstore Duck, NC
Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe Asheville, NC
Park Road Books Charlotte, NC
Quail Ridge Books & Music Raleigh, NC
The Regulator Bookshop Durham, NC
The Bookworm Omaha, NE
Water Street Bookstore Inc. Exeter, NH
Clinton Book Shop Clinton, NJ
Mendham Books Mendham, NJ
watchung booksellers Montclair, NJ
Words Maplewood’s Bookstore Maplewood, NJ
Bookworks Albuquerque, NM
Greenlight Bookstore Brooklyn, NY
Lift Bridge Book Shop Brockport, NY
Mysteries On Main Street Johnstown, NY
Oblong Books & Music – Rhinebeck Rhinebeck, NY
Red Fox Books Glens Falls, NY
River Read Books Binghamton, NY
WORD Brooklyn, NY
Brace Books & More Ponca City, OK
Annie Bloom’s Books Portland, OR
St. Helens Book Shop St. Helens, OR
Chester County Book Company West Chester, PA
Farley’s Bookshop New Hope, PA
Giovanni’s Room Philadelphia, PA
Harleysville Books LLC Harleysville, PA
Joseph Fox Bookshop Philadelphia, PA
Trappe Book Center Trappe, PA
Other Tiger Westerly, RI
Blue Willow Bookshop Houston, TX
BookPeople Austin, TX
Katy Budget Books Houston, TX
King’s English Bookshop Salt Lake City, UT
Fountain Bookstore Inc. Richmond, VA
Prince Books Norfolk, VA
Norwich Bookstore Norwich, VT
The Galaxy Bookshop Hardwick, VT
Eagle Harbor Book Co. Bainbridge Island, WA
Elliott Bay Book Company Seattle, WA
Fremont Place Book Co. Seattle, WA
Griffin Bay Bookstore Friday Harbor, WA
Liberty Bay Books Poulsbo, WA
Queen Anne Books Seattle, WA
Riverwalk Books Limited Chelan, WA
Third Place Books Lake Forest Park, WA
Village Books in Historic Fairhaven Bellingham, WA
Books & Company Oconomowoc, WI
Next Chapter Bookshop Mequon, WI
Redbery Books Cable, WI
Four Seasons Books Shepherdstown, WV
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The Real Cost of Amazon’s Bullying of Penguin: A Musing Quickie

I think my biggest problem lies with Amazon’s (latest) bullying attempt.  Once consumers/ readers get it in their heads that, not only ebooks, but hardcovers as well are only worth $9.99, an already fledgling industry will [quite possibly] become even more so.  Book sales overall could even go down, negating the influx we’ve seen as of late from eBooks.

Right now, Amazon ostensibly takes a loss on every book they sell at $9.99 because they initially buy them from the publisher for $13.00 – 14.00.  They are trying to do, in my opinion, what Apple did early on with iTunes and this trying to create an enormous install base of users (this time, think Kindle), upon which time they’ll likely jack the prices of eBooks back up once their competition (the iPad, Nook, and Co.) have been sufficiently stamped out–content-wise (Amazon saw Apple’s iPad as a serious enough threat to its Kindle to create an app for its competitor enabling it to read the Kindle’s eBooks).

Though for an historical example of exactly this type of scenario, just look at Apple’s iTunes and the amount of single songs that have now jumped to $1.29 from the $0.99 they ubiquitously once were, and consider that it might be an indicator of [again, possible] things to come …

Fortunately, at least one Publishing House gets it and has the right idea.  This video certainly gives hope to those of us who still want to earn our crust by putting words on pages: http://bit.ly/aB4ucs (Watch the whole thing from start to finish, it’s only 2:26 long; the pay off is well worth it!)
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