November 05, 2008

all I want for christmas (or hanukkah. or winter solstice.)

  • About the author EB

One of my old roommates had a great system set up with his parents for birthday and Christmas presents. He would provide them with a wish list of items ranging in price, noting where they could purchase each thing. Each year, they would get him EXACTLY what was on his list. To someone who grew up getting slightly different variations on her requests every year, it was a miracle. Even if I asked for specific books, I still wouldn’t get them. But maybe if IndieBound‘s new wish list feature had been around, I would have. It works just like an amazon wish list, except there are helpful links on the side to your favorite indie bookstores, and you can send your wish list to parents, spouses, or friends with the click of a button. And aside from a weird glitch where I couldn’t add Stewart O’Nan’s Last Night at the Lobster to my list no matter how hard I tried (I’m a sucker for literature featuring Red Lobster), it works perfectly. You’ve got to sign up for the site, but it’s totally free and you should do it anyway to support independent bookstores. Go to it!