Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Arm Yourself with Book Wishlists for the Holidays!

The Indie Bound website (which advocates buying local for bookstores) has a cool Wish List feature (just like Amazon, only better - because you can help support local business). Once you set up an account, you can add any number of books to your list and email the list to anyone you choose. And there's a short, helpful video to get you started.

The site provides links from your chosen books directly to the Regulator's website (if you add us to your favorite bookstores) in case you want your relatives or book group members to buy from us online and support independents (not Amazon). Keep track of all your holiday gifts.

NPR Book Selections Online!

Thanks to National Public radio, many book pages on IndieBound.org book now feature unique audio content, gathered from NPR's extensive book coverage: reviews, interviews and more. Check out Zadie Smith's new collection Changing My Mind or Carl Jung's legendary Red Book for examples.

Now also available on Indiebound.org are longer book descriptions, author bios, editorial reviews, and conversation starters from ReadingGroupChoices.com.

eBook vs. Paper?

You may not be able to enjoy the smell of a new eBook or enjoy the feel of flipping of through its pages, but now on your iPhone you can search for and purchase eBooks from independent booksellers across the United States.

IndieBound.org has gotten in on the act as well. The main book search on the site now includes eBooks along with regular results, and a special list of Indie Next List Favorites in eBooks has been added.

If you go to the Regulator website, and use our "Search for Books" feature, you can choose to search through regular books or eBooks, too.