Does checking out library books hurt authors and indie bookstores?

I love reading books. I love shopping at small, local bookstores with worn wooden floors and bespectacled clerks. I believe in buying a book to support an author I like. But I also check a lot of books out at the library. Which has me and many others wondering: are we not supporting authors when we use the library?

“No, you are absolutely supporting authors when you check out books from the library,” Elena Gutierrez said, the collection services manager at Seattle Public Library. “Libraries buy millions of books every year. In 2021 the Seattle Public Library spent $6.4 million on books.”

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