Other bookstore owners complain that they donate to NPR and feel insulted. However, have you ever tried to buy a book through Booksense? You have to go through several hoops – first typing in your zip code, then picking a bookstore, then hoping they have a website, and then hoping they have a purchase feature on their Web site.
It’s easier to buy at Amazon. And you can add a pedometer, CD, and a box of cereal to your order and get free shipping. Even if you chose not to buy at Amazon so you can support your local bookseller (as I usually do) it’s still easy to use Amazon as a kind of virtual Books in Print – one place where you can gauge how well the book is selling, read reviews (both professional and not), and more.
All the being said, I buy nearly all my books at my local independent bookstores.