Are you in for an indie e-reader? According to a recent Publishers Weekly article, the American Booksellers Association is looking into developing an e-reader to compete with Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook. To keep up with the same features the larger chains offer through eBook downloads, independent bookstores would offer eBooks through venues including the Google ebookstore.
For consumers, this makes sense — an e-reader that caters to people who want to support independent booksellers while also purchasing eBooks. This would also help self-publishers diversify their distribution. If a writer wanted to support independent bookstores through the sale of their book, now they would have a choice to do that, instead of having to sell it through Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
“Reading Local” is what independent booksellers hope to emphasize over the next few months, as they begin to look into increasing sales of eBooks. As one bookseller put it, “This idea [Reading Local] came from listening to people tell me that you can’t buy eBooks locally. Last year, 28% of our sales were eBooks.”