In Germany, they’re fighting hard for the independent bookseller. Just found this German version over at Glaserei, noting that ZVAB and AbeBooks are both owned by Amazon, which I did not know.
http://www.ebook.de (vorm. libri.de)
ILAB – Internationale Liga der Antiquare: http://www.ilab.org
günstige Mängelexemplare und Co. (oft Fachbücher): terrashop.de
For us English speakers, there’s this article over at Biblio.com, which includes a link to this New York Times article: Online Shoppers are Rooting for the Little Guy
The marrow of the article:
Try these independent companies:
Marketplaces: Biblio (of course), Antiqbook, Livre Rare Book, Maremagnum, Powell’s Books, ABAA.org*, Tomfolio*, andIOBAbooks.com*
Meta Searches: AddALL, viaLibri, Marelibri
Inventory Software: BookHound, BookTrakker, BiblioDirector
Website Providers: Bibliopolis, Foreseeing Solutions
Book Order Management: Art of Books, Indaba
*These book searches provide customers with books supplied only by bookseller members of those particular organizations.
For the record, I have nothing against Amazon as a consumer – mostly because they’re convenient, and often cheaper, and I get free shipping. But I shop the indies whenever I can find them as well. I think there’s room for everyone, and losing the neighborhood stores is always a loss. That reminds me, I need to watch “You’ve Got Mail” again.
For my friends in Salt Lake, I’ll recommend The King’s English bookshop.
The Old Wolf has spoken.