Here are the headlines - with links to each tab - and it's very much a RECOMMENDED READ. My brief comments and additions to the content of the article are in italics.
- "Take our customer reviews with a grain of salt." I wish somebody would explain to me why I need to carry a statement if I review a book which has been sent to me for free (see notes at bottom of blog) but Amazon doesn't appear to be under the same legal obligation
- "Kindle Fire? You might be happier with an iPad." Well I think most people get that Amazon is going to market its own product! However this is an interesting review of the Kindle vs the iPad.
- "You'll spend a bundle on e-books." From what I can see the main expense of some e-books for artists derives from publishers setting prices which have no justification in terms of cost incurred! They're also bucking the trend seen elsewhere in the e-book market - and some artists have noticed this!
- "Free shipping helps you overspend" Tell me about it!
- "Our list prices are sometimes misleading." Bottom line - they get their percentage discounts wrong on occasion.
- "We hurt mom-and-pop stores." There's no question that online retailing has helped to close smaller independent book stores. That's why I continue to support retail on the high street - I'd like them to stick around (even if Waterstones was responsible for the closure of a lot of independents in the UK!) See below for more comments
- "We're slow to improve our working conditions." Not good!
- "We know more about you than you think." Prepare to be shocked!
- "Our recommendations leave shoppers flummoxed." This is why I curate and create my booklists - I find Amazon to be hamfisted when it comes to recommendations
- "We don’t always have the best deals." !!!
Buying art books online or from a B&M art book shop
Ten years ago, there were about 4,000 independent bookstores in the U.S., according to the American Booksellers Association. Today, only about 1,900 remain. Amazon has revolutionized book publishing, Hottovy says, and smaller bookstores were unable to keep upIt's the same in the UK. It's one of the reasons why I developed Art Bookshops - Resources for Artists
This site is developing a list of good art bookshops. Starting with bookshops in London, the intention is to identify other good bookshops in the UK and other countries.I have a deal with myself. I'm allowed to buy art books online so long as I also remember to support those art book shops which are accessible to me. I'm working on the principle that if we don't buy from the high street store then they will simply cease to exist.
Naturally it's a work in progress and new links will be added from time to time. If you know of a good bookshop and would like to recommend it please leave your suggestion as a comment
In practice what happens is I always buy the really expensive ones or very big ones online - but that's as much to do with not having to lug them home on the tube!
The Making A Mark Book List
What also happens - if you frequent good art book shops is I spot books I never seem to come across online.
This week I developed a new art book site Making A Mark Book List - it's the list of books I've bought this year (or at least it will be once I've finished it - I've still got lots to add in!). I thought it might be a neat way of sharing what I've found. It's also a good way of highlighting books which you might not come across online.
This is a list of the art books I've bought and/or read this year. My aim is to share what I thought was worthwhile buying and why.
|A small part of the area devoted to Art Books in Foyles in Cahring Cross Road.|
- Joaquin Sorolla (Masterpieces) by Jose Faerna
- Landscape Theory (The Art Seminar) by James Elkins and Rachel DeLue
- Stories of Art by: James Elkins
- Why Art Cannot Be Taught: A Handbook for Art Students by: James Elkins
- Light for Visual Artists: Understanding & Using Light in Art & Design by: Richard Yot