NPR & The New York Times Sites Add Ordering Option

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version was recently added as an online book purchasing option on both the National Public Radio and The New York Times websites. Now, when NPR or readers are interested in a featured book or bestseller, they are offered an option to buy from local, independent bookstores, as well as from

The American Booksellers Association worked with NPR and The New York Times for some time in an effort to provide readers with the option of supporting local independent bookstores. Additionally, over the course of the summer, a number of independent booksellers, including ABA President Russ Lawrence of Chapter One Book Store in Hamilton, Montana, contacted NPR to express their continuing concerns about as its sole retail partner for books mentioned on the air and featured on the NPR website.

"We are pleased that is now offered as an option on both The New York Times and National Public Radio websites," said Director Len Vlahos. "There is no question that many serious readers who frequent independent bookstores often turn to NPR or The Times 'Books' sections to help them find the next great read. It's only fitting then to provide these consumers with the choice of shopping at a local bookstore by including a link to"

Readers on the Best Sellers pages of are presented with the option of purchasing titles from "Local Booksellers" or from When the "Local Booksellers" option is selected, readers link to a second page listing the bestsellers. A click on a book title then brings them to the Store Locator.

On the NPR website's "Books" section, readers who click on any of the "Featured Books: Available for Purchase" are presented with the choice of buying titles at or at