Keeping bookshops alive – the Kindle amnesty

Susan Wyndham’s Undercover column in The Sydney Morning Herald has drawn my attention to Pages and Pages’ Kindle amnesty. (Pages and Pages is an independent bookshop in the Sydney suburb of Mosman.) Owner Jon Page—who also happens to be the president of the Australian Booksellers Association— encourages bookshop owners to enter e-business instead of watching helplessly as Amazon becomes a monopoly. Jon is also inviting customers to dump their Kindles in exchange for a gift voucher towards the cost of another e-book device that doesn’t restrict them to buying from Amazon. The Kindle amnesty is now getting international coverage.

What can you do? Buy a book—printed or electronic—from independent bookshops and choose a reading device that doesn’t lock you into buying from one retailer alone.

© JD Ellevsen

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