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One day, I’m convinced, you’ll be able to buy your log home online, probably from Amazon. I don’t begrudge them their success. I have an Amazon credit card for the reward points because I buy so much stuff from them. I wish they sold even more because I love free shipping. But they’re killing independent stores. I wouldn’t mind, except one of them is ours.

 

That’s right. The Log Home Bookstore has gone out of business. I remember when I started at Log Home Living in 1988, the mail-order bookstore was the only place you could find books about log homes. We published a list of our books and log-home company plans catalogs in the magazine, and had a full-time employee who took orders over the phone, packaged them and sent them on their way.

 

When we started our log-home shows, we took books to them. And when the bookstore went online, we sold even more books to people eager for ideas and information.

 

Once folks learned about Amazon, they figured out they could go to our bookstore to get a list of log-home books but then log on to amazon.com to order them, usually for substantial savings and free shipping. I don’t blame them, although I do take it personally that instead of paying $22.95 for my book, Log Home Secrets of Success (still abundantly in print), they ordered it from Amazon for $17.21.

 

If it isn’t already available in a Kindle edition, I’m sure it will be soon. So will all the other log-home titles, even the coffee-table picture books.

 

Although the bookstore is no more, we do bring a few copies of log, timber and cabin titles to our shows, but they’re just a fraction of what’s available. When you see the full list of what’s in print, it’s amazing how many log-home books there are. More, I admit, than our Log Home Bookstore could ever carry and way cheaper. So, while I lament the passing of the bookstore, I do congratulate Amazon for stocking such a wide range of log-home books. Since we no longer compete with them, I’m pleased to refer you to them for all your wood-home reading needs, both print and digital. And when they do start selling full-size log homes, you’re sure to qualify for free shipping.

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Comment by Mike Goes on May 5, 2013 at 12:46am

Roland, don't feel like the Lone Ranger. Lot's of folks never seen that juggernaut coming. I utilize them for lots of purchase's. Free shipping to a rural area saves one lots of gas. Besides, who wants to go to the concrete jungle called the suburbs or city.........?

I had the pleasure of meeting you in Branson, Mo last year in 03/2012 at the Log & Timber Show. I purchased books from you and that has put me even closer to my dream of a log home. Visiting a guy next Wed to talk over floorplans and exterior design. Hope to break ground next year. Thanks for your expert advise!

Comment by Chris Wood on March 30, 2013 at 10:03pm
Hey Roland, the small, simple and standard stuff is likely to be found in a vending machine some day, or at least easy to automate and sell on line. But custom, site designed solutions will always require a professional to keep inexperienced clients from makings mistakes. At least that's my story and I'm sticking to it!

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