On 1st June 2020 I joined Amazon’s Affiliate scheme, and later in the month was accepted into the Hive Book‘s scheme. In November I joined Bookshop.org These affiliate schemes allow me to earn a small commission which is paid on qualifying purchases made via their links.
When I say small, I mean small, but as a blogger joining an affiliate scheme offers the possibility of earning a small amount to offset against the costs of running the blog.
Being an affiliate plays no part in what I choose to post.
I’m well aware of how many people view Amazon, but nobody has to purchase via the link and as a source of eBooks they are, for many, the “go to” platform. My other options are alternatives which offer support to independent bookshops
Hive Books are a British company offering a large range of titles (including eBooks) and are also a competitive alternative to Amazon if cost is a deciding factor. As they also offer free delivery on all orders, you don’t need to meet the minimum spend required by Amazon. As an added bonus they also pay a small percentage of your purchase to an independent bookshop (you can choose which one to benefit).
In November 2020 Bookshop.org.uk opened up and offered what appears to be an online lifeline for independent bookshops as their mission is to financially support local, independent bookshops.
As more and more people buy their books online, they wanted to create an easy, convenient way for you to get your books and support bookshops at the same time.
If you want to find a specific local bookshop to support, find them on the Bookshop map and they’ll receive the full profit from your order. Otherwise, your order will contribute to an earnings pool that will be evenly distributed among independent bookshops
By design, they give away over 75% of their profit margin to stores, publications, authors and others who make up the thriving, inspirational culture around books!
NB there is never any obligation to order via my links.