Saturday, November 24, 2012

Have You Used IndieBound for Your Book Wish List?

While doing some bookstore browsing yesterday, the hubs and I wondered if there was a way to create a book wish list to encourage friends and family to buy books at a local bookstore.

When we got home, I did a little research and discovered that you can create a wish list on IndieBound, so I made one

The pros:
  • You can sort the order of books on your wish list.
  • You can indicate favorite independent bookstores. If one of them sells the book online, the wish list links to it.
  • Your list has an rss feed, that you can add to your blog, or website.
The cons:
  • There isn't a way for the gift buyer to indicate that they've purchased the book, so that no one else buys it.
  • IndieBound doesn't seem to list e-book versions. You can only indicate if you want a hardcover, paperback, or sometimes an audio version of the book.
  •  The only way to indicate if you would like an e-book, is to go to your local bookstore's website, see if they sell e-books, and if they do, go back and write a note on your wish list that says you would like the e-book version.
Need to learn more:
  • Looks like independent bookstores are using an e-book service called Kobo.

 Have you used IndieBound for your book wish list and/or Kobo as your e-book reader?

If you have, I'd love to hear about your experience, or any other alternative wish list ideas.


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