Amazon's Throwing Independent Booksellers a Kindle Lifeline

Amazon's Kindle Fire and other e-readers are usually considered nails in the traditional independent bookstore's coffin. Amazon's flipping all that around, with a program that lets bookstores sell Kindle e-readers and make money off the e-books their owners buy.

Announced today, Amazon Source gives independent bookstores a discount when buying Kindles and related accessories in bulk. In addition, the retailers will earn 10% of the price of every e-book purchased on the Kindle devices they've sold, for two years after the device is purchased. It probably won't float a bookseller's business, but it's a nice nod to the brick-and-mortar set. [Amazon]