Amazon provides local authors in the greater Spokane more opportunities to get their work seen by people all over the globe. The company also offers book lovers in the Lilac City access to many affordable titles that may not be available at local bookstores for comparable prices.
Kindle owners in particular are able to take advantage of several great ways to save money on new books. For example, Amazon Prime members may borrow books by local authors such as Colin Conway or Frank Zafiro for free for up to a month through the Kindle Owners' Lending Library.
Amazon offers good prices on ebooks in general, with some titles by local writers selling for as little as $.99. "Citizen Vince" by the critically acclaimed Jess Walter currently retails for only $1.99. Also, from time to time local authors such as Zafiro or Sharon Cramer give away free copies of some of their novels and short story collections.
Another advantage Kindle owners have is that they can buy some titles that have gone out of print. For example, tracking down a paperback edition of "The Blight Way" by local humorist and mystery author Patrick F. McManus at Spokane area bookstores may be challenging because his Bo Tully mystery series was dropped by its original publisher. Amazon offers a Kindle edition for slightly less than what they charge for the softcover edition.
To read more about some great books by local authors that are available at great prices in the ebook format, please view the list. These eight books provide good starting points for Kindle owners who would like to start supporting authors from the Spokane community.