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News: Amazon and Independent Bookstores: Is it truly one or the other?

No one knows better than us here at the Amrah Publishing House how much change the publishing industry has gone through in recent years. In fact, this is the reason indie publishers such as us exist. But in recent weeks the online world has exploded with opinions over Amazon’s latest bid to edge past their competition in the book-selling market. Voices such as novelist Richard Russo spoke up in favor of your local independent bookstore, arguing they do far more to encourage a literary culture than Amazon.

On Slate, Farhad Manjoo responded with the article: “Don’t Support Your Local Bookseller: Buying books on Amazon is better for authors, better for the economy, and better for you.” He makes some points we can certainly get behind here at the Amrah Publishing House. After all, it is Amazon who launched a self-publishing system that made it easier for new authors to get their work to readers. And Amazon does make it easier to recommend books we love to others who love the same things as us.

All the same, we’re not looking eagerly to the demise of independent bookstores. There is nothing more comforting than walking into a little shop full of the musty smell of books, and chatting with the shopkeeper about the latest releases. Manjoo’s argument rests on the contention that such shops are inefficient. Well, it is certainly a pleasurable inefficiency.

Clearly, future changes in the publishing industry will affect our business. But we hold out hope the end result will be more choice for readers, rather than the end of one or the other.


About The Amrah Publishing House

We are a small publishing venture that specializes in light-hearted literature, both fiction and non-fiction. We don't see literature as divided between escapism and realism, but rather aim to bring the benefits of both to our readers. Our stories will connect with your lived experience, while lifting you out of the daily grind as you read. Our most recent release is an illustrated storybook about Edmonton's history - a story that is more than the individual story of one family, but rather a story that connects us to a city we all share. This little booklet is by sisters Harma-Mae Smit (writer) and Paulina Van Vliet (illustrator) about a house in #yeg and how the world changes around it. This is a great book to teach your children about urban sprawl! And it's a great way for city-dwellers to connect more deeply with the city in which they live. We've previously published short pieces of fiction as ebooks as well. Keep on top of our latest offerings by following us at amrahpublishinghouse.com.



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