Make A Change. It's In Your Hands. How To Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day


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I started to seek out independent bookstores as a teenager whenever I was out of town. You see, living in a small town in the middle of nowhere during the 1980s got pretty boring. Exceedingly boring. The coolest kids were the ones with the latest gadgets and clothes if your parents could afford them. But for us, low-income kids, media, like movies, music, magazines, and books, was what made you cool. Independent bookstores I found to be a media goldmine and to this day they’ve helped shape my dreams, my goals, and my circles of friends.

Without independent bookstores, we wouldn’t have a place for those that self publish. We wouldn’t have a place for fanzines and local artists. Without independent bookstores, we wouldn’t have a culture.

Speaking of information and culture, there has never been a better time to support the USPS! Without the USPS books will cost so much more to ship and it will only damage independent bookstores even more. Please sign the petition to SAVE THE USPS.


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On August 29, 2020 we celebrate Independent Bookstore Day. Independent bookstores need your help. Did you know that 45 percent of print book sales come from Amazon.com? With the Covid pandemic, small, local and independent businesses are struggling to stay afloat, while Amazon is getting richer and richer. Mark your calendar and make a pledge to yourself that you'll make a change with your dollar. Next time you shop for a book (perhaps on August 29th?) stop to think about where your dollar has most value. It's your choice, you can support community - or you can give your dollar up for this guy:


"Billionaire Jeff Bezos just broke the record for the most billions added in a single day" - thenextweb.com

The best way to support independent bookstores is with the action you'll take. Here are a few ideas to get the wheels turning:


  1. Buy a book for yourself from an indie bookstore

  2. Buy a book for a friend or family member from an indie bookstore

  3. Shop Bookshop.org to support indie bookstores across the nation

  4. Share a photo of the book you bought from an independent bookstore on social media

  5. Share the books you've read to inspire those around you to buy and read books!


Make a change. It's in your hands.


"Do or do not. There is no try." - Yoda


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