The Whore of Babylon has some books she’d like you to buy

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I read a lot of books. Not as many as I did when times were simpler and Internet access spottier, but still.

In my ongoing quest to (a) point all y’all toward the good stuff and (b) make some goddamn money, it occurred to me that I might neatly combine those two things with a page of links to reviews in all the various places I write them, along with affiliate links so that if you want to support me and my crazy habit of taking stuff in and writing about it, you could. Hence, this “Books! Books! Books!” page.

So we’re clear, I buy a lot of books second-hand or check them out from the library. I also buy new at indie booksellers where I can, to support, and I hope you will, too. I <3 Powell’s in Portland, Elliott Bay Booksellers (Seattle), and Vroman’s, Chevalier’s and Small World here in Los Angeles). I used to love Barbara’s in Chicago, Scribner’s in NYC…well, sadly, I could go on and on. QED, right?

But sometimes, it’s easier to buy through Amazon: for gifts, for people in remote towns without good bookstores, for the 3 am shoppies. Also, for making me a few bucks (via affiliate links) which I then pump back into the economy. (Here’s a direct link to my Amazon store, if you’re a rural, gift-shopping, insomniac. Or also want to shop for SCD supplies.)

Short answer: buy when you can, where you can, as you can, to support authors. If you can support your local economy, too, awesome. But if you can only afford the library, there’s no shame in that. Read away. It’s what most writers probably want, when you get right down to it.

xxx
c

Book links on communicatrix-dot-com

Quick links to critical pages referenced in this post

Image by Jon Feinstein via Flickr, used under a Creative Commons license.

3 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing these books with us, Communicatrix! :-)

    One thing, though, how come you ain’t got one of those Amazon stores for those poor souls not fortunate enough to live on the right side of ‘the pond’ ;-) Y’know, Amazon UK works pretty much the exact same way as Amazon.com these days. We ain’t so backwards nomore! Lol

    I too have a list of favourite (self-help) books. And, surprisingly, none of them match yours! :-O

    Thanks again,
    Steve

  2. Steve – Oh, my! You’re absolutely right. My apologies, and I’ll look into how (or whether) I can set up a UK store for people on the other side of the pond. Until then, please do use the affiliate link of your favorite UK book supporter/author. And thanks for the kind reminder.

    Claudia – What a wonderful resource! No wonder I love Austin. I’ll check it out next time I’m in town. And maybe I can also set up a sub-page full of local booksellers beloved by readers. I need these places around when I’m ready to do my whistle-stop tour!

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