March 15, 2022


Please Note: I’m taking a break from social media and all things for the month of March, so my replies to comments and return visits to bloggers will be delayed. I will get to it eventually, though. Promise. Thanks for your understanding! 

You may notice links to whenever I recommend books on here. Those links will be affiliate links. (There’s a notice in my sidebar about my usage of affiliate links for

When I found out about last year, I fell in love with what they do, and the fact that they’re NOT Amazon made me love them even more, so I jumped on becoming an affiliate to support them and their mission.

So, what is

It’s a marketplace for books. That’s the obvious part. It’s what they stand for that’s awesome.

From their About page:

Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores. 

We believe that bookstores are essential to a healthy culture. They’re where authors can connect with readers, where we discover new writers, where children get hooked on the thrill of reading that can last a lifetime. They’re also anchors for our downtowns and communities.

As more and more people buy their books online, we wanted to create an easy, convenient way for you to get your books and support bookstores at the same time.

If you want to find a specific local bookstore to support, find them on our map and they’ll receive the full profit off your order. Otherwise, your order will contribute to an earnings pool that will be evenly distributed among independent bookstores (even those that don’t use Bookshop). 

For more info: 

In January I got a report from on their two year anniversary.

  • They’d distributed over $21 million to independent bookstores worldwide.
  • 1,323 bookstores earned $12.7 million in direct commissions.
  • 1,391 bookstores split $6 million from their profit-share pool.
  • $250,000 donated to Binc’s Survive to Thrive campaign

Check out their full report here:

Doesn’t that all sound awesome? We need more leaders and business owners who think like this and do genuine good. 

I didn’t hesitate to sign up to join their affiliate program because this is a marketplace I want to support!

As an affiliate you:

  • earn 10% on every sale
  • a matching 10% is given to independent bookstores
  • you can create your own shop on their website
  • your shop  can contain an unlimited number of lists, which are just like virtual bookshelves, and those shelves can contain an unlimited number of books
  • and you can, of course, use your affiliate links everywhere to promote the books you love and hopefully earn a commission on each sale

The process of becoming an affiliate was quick and painless. A few simple questions and a verification within days.

For more on becoming an affiliate: 

One thing that I love, as someone who has a ton of fun creating lists, are the book lists in my shop. I’ve created several based on specific themes.

The slideshows below allow you see a glimpse of my book recommendations for each theme. Click on the titles below to see the full list.


Check out my full shop HERE.

NOTE: Even self-published books and books from small independent publishers can be found there, so there’s a big chance that YOUR books are there, but be aware that the eBooks may not be listed because they get their eBooks through a partnership with Hummingbird (which is why books published by bigger publishers have the ebooks featured as well), so only the paperback versions of your books may be available on their site. This is the case for me and other authors I know.

TIP: For eBooks that are not on you can download a free epub reading app on your laptop/iPad/iPhone and buy from eBook retailers that aren't Amazon. For instance, the Kobo Books app (which you can find in the App Store or Google Play for free) will let you purchase, download, and read eBooks just like your Kindle app does. Continue to read the eBooks you got from Amazon but make new purchases through Kobo. :)


Next time you want to buy a book (or eBook), check out first and support independent bookstores worldwide!


  1. Hi Chrys - excellent and a well worth site ... I don't blame you for coming off social media for a while. More importantly I do hope things are going as well as can be expected for Elaine and yourself. Take care and sent with lots of thoughts and love to you both - cheers Hilary

    1. I needed a good break from social media So far, it has been great.

      And thank you so much, Hilary, for anyways asking and commenting about my mom. She is doing a lot better now. Next week she'll begin immunotherapy because her tumor has shrunk! I'll share an update larer. :)

  2. I like this idea for physical books. I do dislike using Amazon for a lot. (Sometimes you just have to, I know.) But I do all my reading via ebooks. I'm sure there's a better way for that, too.

    1. For eBooks that are not on you can download a free epub reading app on your laptop/ipad/iphone and buy from eBook retailers that aren't Amazon. For instance, the Kobo Books App will let you download and read eBooks.

  3. Very cool - I've not heard of BookShop before. I'm a wide author to avoid relying solely on Amazon. I'm off to check this out!

    1. Being published widely has many advantages. The good thing with Bookshop is that they pick up most books automatically, so authors don’t have to do a thing, just link to their books there. If an author’s books aren’t there fir some reason, they may have to contact Bookshop’s customer service.

  4. Thanks to you, I've heard of the site. I need to take the time to learn it. I prefer regular paper books, followed by audible books (and sadly, is owned by Amazon).

    1. You’re welcome, Jeff! I checked their site and found this: “ We will start selling audiobooks through a partnership with by the end of April, 2020.” So, they may have some audiobooks now.

  5. Thanks for sharing this. Very exciting way to support local bookstores.

  6. I do love making lists...and not supporting a certain online retailer anymore than I have to. Thanks for the info!

    1. List-making is so much fun! It’s one of my hobbies. ☺️


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