Frequently Asked Questions
What is Bookstore Link?
Bookstore Link connects readers to local bookstores by allowing authors, publishers, and bookstore fans to link to the online stores of independent bookstores. Learn more about Bookstore Link.
What is Libro.fm?
Libro.fm makes it possible for people to buy audiobooks through their local bookstore. We built Bookstore Link as our gift to the bookish community. We believe independent bookstores are essential to their communities and want to see them thrive. We also know that while people want to support their local bookstores, most online linking goes to Amazon. We believe Bookstore Link can change that. Learn more about Libro.fm.
How do I link to a book on Bookstore Link and promote independent bookstores?
View the step-by-step instructions for how to link.
I have a question about my order. Who do I contact?
If you purchased a print book, please contact the local bookstore where you made the purchase. If you purchased an audiobook, contact Libro.fm.
What if my bookstore is not showing up?
Bookstores listed on Bookstore Link are all Libro.fm partner stores. It’s free and easy to become a partner store. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’re happy to reach out to your bookstore and see if they want to join.
Why do print books from my local bookstore’s website cost more than Amazon?
As a small business, your local, independent bookstore has to pay publishers a fair price for books, employees a fair wage, not to mention their federal, state, and local taxes. The bottom line? When you buy books from your local, independent bookstore, you’re also paying for what they offer your community: curation, author events, and a cozy spot to grab a beer or coffee. While a huge online company may offer a lower price, bookstores bring incomparable value in their communities.
Do you have an affiliate program? How do I get paid for linking to Bookstore Link?
Bookstore Link directs all traffic to independent bookstores’ chosen platforms for selling print books online. Unfortunately, this makes it impossible for Bookstore Link to pay affiliates. Linking to bookstores instead of Amazon is vital to keeping bookstores surviving and thriving, and we invite you to join the movement to support independent bookstores with your online linking and shopping.
Can you really order a book on the phone from a bookstore?
YES! One of the unique (and we would argue, best) things about bookstores is talking to a real bookseller. You’d be surprised by how easy it is to pick up the phone and place an order for in-store pick-up or delivery. Your local booksellers are an incredibly valuable resource for all your book-buying decisions...use them and support them with your purchases!
What if the book I want is not available?
It’s always a good idea to contact your bookstore and connect with a real bookseller, as they can usually order the book for you. Find their contact information through our bookstore search.