I have to admit, I love book stores. Wandering through them is like a "date" with my creative side.
I read a LOT of books. I buy a lot of my fiction used, but I regularly buy reference books that will help me in my business as new books. Recently I have started to buy my fiction as ebooks.
A few months ago, I bought Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds. It is a book on how to avoid "Death By PowerPoint," by creating presentations with visual impact rather than bullet points. As a professional speaker, this book has had a HUGE impact on what I do.
I walked into my local Chapters outlet and came across a new book by Garr Reynolds called "The Naked Presenter." I thumbed through it and it looked like would be a great fit for my speaking business. It was a trade paperback (I think that is the term - an oversized softcover). The price was marked as $29.99 CAD or $24.99 US.
I pulled out my iPhone and checked the Amazon price - $16.37 New paperback or a Kindle price of $9.99! And Amazon ships to me for free with a minimum order (not too much of a hardship to pick up a few more books with my savings).
So I went home to think about it. I did some more research. I went to the Chapters web site and found they would sell the physical book for $24.99 CAD - a little better than the $29.99 but much more than the $16.37 at Amazon.
Chapters does sell the Kobo reader, but they don't sell any ebooks on their web site. So even if I did download the Kobo app and buy it the ebook at kobobooks.com how would my local store or even the Chapters chain benefit?
So my choice was the physical book at Chapters at $24.99 or a physical book from Amazon for $16.37 or a Kindle version for $9.99. I went with the Kindle version which saved me $15. I already have the Kindle app on my phone and will add it to my Android table when it comes so I can access it in useful formats.
I do like having a local store, but not so much that I would pay a 2.5x as much for a book.
So I tried, but failed to support the local bookstore. But is it really my failure? If their print price was about $17 (near Amazon print) I might have liked to have the physical version. If they sold ebook versions, I might have bought it from them.
So perhaps they failed to provide me with the right solution for my needs.