Indie Book Stores Rule!

Many of you who follow me on Facebook know that I post Kindle specials on a regular basis. Why you might ask am I encouraging more dollars into the pocket of Amazon and Jeff Bezos when independent book stores have struggled, especially after 15 months of a global pandemic?

First, there’s the bargain hunter in me I cannot quell. When I see an amazing deal, I want to share it. Second, not everyone has the means to buy recently released hardcovers nor paperbacks at $10 and up and wait times for library copies can be months long. Third, a high number of purchases (because the price is low) helps an author’s ranking in sales. Amazon looks at volume with their algorithms. This pushes authors higher on lists and gains more exposure for them.

However, when I splurge and treat myself to a hardcover or paperback to hold it in my hands and be able to pass along to a friend, I shop local. Even better, when I’m traveling, which I do often with our nomad life which is back on track (thank you, Pfizer and Moderna), I love discovering hidden gems of independent book stores. Recently, I put a call out through Facebook to celebrate those stores and gather recommendations from readers across the country.

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How wonderful to see the passion so many have for their local store. Seventy-three submissions yielded 68 stores in 31 states (there were a few duplicates). If you’re planning any travel this summer, I’ve got plenty of book recommendations before you check out one of these shops – owners and authors will thank you!

While you’re traveling around, don’t forget Little Free Libraries. Also a fun way to discover new-to-you books. There’s a handy online map to help you find these hidden gems.

LOCAL BOOK STORES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES

Local Book StoreStore CityStore State
Alabama BooksmithBirminghamAL
Mostly BooksTucsonAZ
Peregrine BooksPrescottAZ
Book PassageCorte MaderaCA
Vroman’sPasadenaCA
Copperfield’s BooksCalistogaCA
Book BarnNianticCT
Syds Book ShackGuilfordCT
Browseabout Book StoreRehoboth BeachDE
Hockessin Book ShelfHockessinDE
Writers BlockWinter ParkFL
E ShaverSavannah GA
Pretty Good BooksLaGrangeGA
The Bookworm BookstorePowder SpringsGA
Love’s Sweet ArrowTinley ParkIL
Brain Lair BooksSouth BendIN
Rainy Day BooksKansas CityKS
The Green DoorOverland ParkKS
Carmichael’sLouisvilleKY
An Unlikely StoryPlainvilleMA
Harvard Book StoreCambridgeMA
Tatnuck BooksellersWestboroughMA
Titcomb’s Book ShopEast SandwichMA
Jabberwocky NewburyportMA
The Brewster Book StoreBrewsterMA
Yellow Umbrella BooksChathamMA
Books By the SeaCentervilleMA
Eight CousinsFalmouthMA
Sea HowlOrleansMA
Market Street BooksMashpeeMA
A Likely Story BookstoreSykesvilleMD
Curious Iguana FrederickMD
The Ivy Bookshop BaltimoreMD
Ballyhoo BooksAlmaMI
Saturn Booksellers GaylordMI
Content BookstoreNorthfieldMN
Zenith Book StoreDuluthMN
Lemuria JacksonMS
Bookmarks Winston-SalemNC
Page 158Wake ForestNC
Riverrun BookstorePortsmouthNH
ToadstoolPeterboroughNH
Innisfree BookshopMeredithNH
Books and GreetingsNorthvaleNJ
Sparta BooksSpartaNJ
Town Book StoreWestfieldNJ
The Book NookSaranac LakeNY
The Book RevueHuntingtonNY
Gramercy Books BexleyBexleyOH
Joseph-Beth BooksellersCincinnatiOH
Powell’s BooksPortlandOR
Let’s Play BooksEmmausPA
The Kennett BookhouseKennett SquarePA
Reads and CompanyPhoenixvillePA
Towne Book Center & CaféCollegevillePA
Harriett’s BookshopPhiladelphiaPA
Barrington BooksBarringtonRI
Mr. K’sNorth CharlestonSC
Parnassus BooksNashvilleTN
BookpeopleAustinTX
Fabled BookstoreWacoTX
Texas StarAbilene TX
Interabang  Book StoreDallasTX
Scrawl BooksRestonVA
Northshire BookstoreManchesterVT
Literary LeftoversBattle Ground WA
Village Books and Paper DreamsBellinghamWA
Novel Bay BookstoreSturgeon BayWI

When I posted the call for suggestions, I asked folks to use an online form to help me organize the information. I also requested email addresses (optional) to encourage sign-ups for this blog, as well as to reward one lucky person for sharing their recommendation. I pulled the winner on June 1st. She had recommended Content Book Shop in Northfield MN. I promptly ordered a $25 gift card for her and a copy of The Social Graces by Renee Rosen for me. Even if the store is hundreds of miles away, you can still support them through on-line ordering, or Bookshop.org.

I’m sure there are tons of other stores out there to support. What’s your favorite? Add it to the list. Another way I’ll use this list is early planning for when my novel publishes. I’ll want to make sure your favorite local shop has copies on hand for you, and your book club, to buy. Maybe I can even schedule an event. Now that would be cool and I could meet you in-person. Win-win!

Until then, I hope your summer days are filled with sunshine and pages.

Happy Reading!

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I also post book recommendations and tips and ideas for book clubs. I’m on social media, too. On my Facebook page, I post deals I find on Kindle specials ($1.99, $2.99, etc.) for books I recommend. A great way to add to your e-library with minimal costs and share with your book club.

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5 thoughts on “Book Store Road Trip

  1. Thank you for the Indie bookstore list, it’s wonderful. So many books, so little time, as they say. Happy reading (and writing)!

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