Is it laziness?


Or is it something else that keeps The Writer’s Almanac, Garrison Keillor’s daily poetry/history/writing newsletter linking its featured poets and writers to just one source?

As I was reading the newsletter this morning, as I do every morning, it occurred to me to try one of the “books by this author” links to see where the Writer’s Almanac is sending its readers. I can’t imagine why I never thought of doing this before. Where does the link take you?

To Amazon.

And there are mail-order alternatives: Barnes & Noble, for one. Powell’s Books in Portland, OR, for another.  Even better: Any reader can call a local independent bookstore and ask the staff to order any book.  Try it; you might like it.



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  1. Laziness or not, it’s scary, and it perpetuates the myth that Amazon is the only bookseller left. I confess to using Big A as a source for everything from flowerpots to yoga socks, and for e-books, especially the $1.99 Kindle stuffers. But real books require a real bookstore, which, for reasons of accessibility these days, usually means The Corner Bookstore on Madison Avenue. They’ll order anything in print and have it for you faster than Amazon can get it to your mailbox. In a real throwback, they have personal charge accounts. And the requisite bookstore cat is satisfyingly aloof.

  2. It’s not laziness, but commerce. All of those Amazon links are affiliate links. Everything bought from those links (not just the books, but anything you purchase on Amazon with a certain period of time after clicking one of those links) earns Writer’s Almanac money. Amazon’s affiliate program is so popular because it pays very very well.

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