04-12-2013 12:33 AM
I've been thinking a lot about the future of bookstores. I travel frequently, and I always enjoy hitting a bookstore when I can. We have a B&N not too far away that I also like to frequent. Too often, though, I'm "showrooming" in that I'll probably end up buying an ebook online. It strikes me that B&N should provide some way for the local shop to get credit for helping me decide to buy from the B&N mothership online.
Other than buying while in a B&N store, is there some way I can get them credit, recognition, or use some sort of afficiate link for my online purchases? I don't see any sort of "home bookstore" entry in my B&N profile. Surely they're trying to correlate store visits to ebook purchases in some way? Alternately, is there a way to buy ebooks from the brick-and-mortar stores?
Part of this is motivated by something I read at indiebound.org regarding buying locally. I'm sure they'll scream at the idea of mentioning this on a B&N forum, but most of indiebound's' reasons to shop local apply to buying at my local B&N. The only one that might not is the first: "Spend $100 at a local and $68 of that stays in your community. Spend the same $100 at a national chain, and your community only sees $43." Is there a difference between "a national chain" and "a local store that belongs to a national chain"?
I've started seeking out local shops with Kobo affiliations so they get some credit when I buy from Kobo. Is there any way to do the same when I buy from B&N?