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Walmart, Amazon.com, Prince Books, and You

Interested in learning more about why it's important to patronize Prince Books and your other favorite independent bookstores? Prince's Holly Wielkoszewski recently contributed an article to AltDaily, a Hampton Roads culture and opinion blog. 

An excerpt:

You read for many reasons: to learn, to laugh, to escape, to relax.
And you, the reader, are supported in your reading choices by an
extensive industry, ranging from the writer scribbling in her favorite
coffeeshop, to the publisher taking a chance on an unknown, through
numerous supplier steps, and finally to you via your favorite bookstore.

How would it impact you if a link in this chain were to break?

Recently, one of the links has begun to crumble. In October,
Amazon.com and Walmart began a so-called “price war,” selling 10 titles
by perennial bestsellers such as Stephen King and Michael Crichton for
under $10. Why is this a problem, you might ask? If you can put your
hands on King’s Under the Dome at under a penny a page, isn’t that a win?

Well in the short run, and for your pocketbook, the answer is likely
yes. But in the long term, this type of devaluation of books, and the
creative process that inspires them, threatens to undermine the variety
of the industry, and ultimately, the books that you can choose to read.

Click here to read the full article!

Shop Local this Season!

As you enter into the holiday crunch, take a moment to consider your local, independent businesses. Looking for ideas? Veer Magazine just published a guide to shopping locally this season. You can pick up your free copy here at Prince Books. 

If you are looking for that perfect book, please come in and let our staff recommend something for you! Or you can purchase a Prince Books gift card, always a great gift idea!

 

New Website Features!

We hope you are enjoying our new website content! Please take a moment to explore the new features available to you via Prince Books online. We value your feedback and look forward to serving you through both online and instore mediums.

  • E-Book Search Features: We are now able to sell you your favorite titles in digital formats. Learn a bit more about the types of digital readers we support in our right sidebar, and take a moment to search for your favorite title in digital format. E-books are convenient, less expensive, and an excellent way to augment your reading experience with the help of your favorite electronics. Questions? Call or email us for assistance.
  • In-store and Community Events. Stay plugged-in to the local literary scene with our website's up-to-date listing of store events, from author signings to poetry readings, as well as local events that may interest our customers. Let us be your resource!
  • Staff Recommendations and IndieBound selections. Click on Staff Picks to see what our staff is reading lately. Browse the ABC Best Books for Children or the IndieBound Next List to see what might be your next favorite book!
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  • Coming soon: Newsletter Archives, additional e-book information, and updated Staff Picks!

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