Support Indie Bookstores With Your Holiday Shopping


Weve rounded up a number of methods you can support indies this season.Heads up, though: if you are going to present books and book-related products, start shopping and purchasing now. Gift an indie seller gift cardIf youre not sure about a gift recipients taste in books, send them a gift card to their local indie or your local indie. Put together DIY book packagesGet innovative with your gift-giving with themed book and book-adjacent packages. A couple of more we like: Long-distance book club: Send the same book to a group of buddies along with a welcome to a Zoom gathering and a mixed drink recipe card.Cookbook and spice package: Gift your food-loving friends a cookbook plus any hard-to-find ingredients.Free Little Library: Gift a Free Little Library box filled with covered books to a buddy who has a yard.Many indies will wrap orders, too, so you can have products sent straight to good friends and family.

Image: Logan Bush (Shutterstock)The pandemic hasnt been kind to independent book shops. While indies have actually dealt with competition from Amazon and big-box sellers reasonably well over the last few years, having to shut their doors due to COVID-19 and respond to clients desire for online buying has actually not been simple– and regardless of the American Association of Publishing keeping in mind constant book sales amidst the pandemic, bookstore sales dropped 30.7 percent in August, according to industry newsletter Shelf Awareness. Think about directing some of your vacation gift-buying budget plan toward your local independent bookseller if you desire to keep indie book shops alive. Weve rounded up a variety of ways you can support indies this season.Heads up, though: if you are going to present books and book-related items, start shopping and buying now. Indie booksellers can constantly use your support– and purchasing earlier can assist them manage their inventory and satisfy demand ahead of the vacations. Order directly from your regional indieSome booksellers reacted to the pandemic by starting a business online and offering pickup, local shipment, or both. Look for indie bookshops in your area or city to learn what theyre doing. IndieCommerce has a directory site of independent sellers that handle e-commerce. Store on IndieBound or BookshopIf you cant easily get a book from a shop up the street, attempt IndieBound or Bookshop rather of defaulting to Amazon. IndieBound has a zip code search that directs you to regional booksellers that have your desired title(s) in stock, while Bookshop enables you to either pick a regional seller to get 100% of the benefit from your order or to put your cash into a swimming pool thats dispersed among member stores. G/O Media might get a commissionNote: IndieBound will likewise link you to Bookshop if it cant find titles in stock in your area. Twitter users have actually recommended that Bookshops shipping times are really comparable to Amazons and that the client service is (unsurprisingly) far better.Shop for non-book giftsMany, if not most, indie book shops sell more than simply books. As writer Celeste Ng mentions, you can buy jigsaw puzzles, garments, lug bags, and other book-adjacent presents (coffee mugs with a literary quote, anybody?). Search for all of your stocking stuffers– bookmarks, pens, magnets, socks– there too, along with your holiday cards.Gift a membership to Libro.fmIf audiobooks are more your buddies and familys thing, gift them a membership to Libro.fm. The platform allows you to choose a regional, independent bookstore to get a cut of the make money from each membership. You can likewise gift private audiobooks. Gift an indie seller present cardIf youre uncertain about a present recipients taste in books, send them a gift card to their local indie or your regional indie. Put together DIY book packagesGet creative with your gift-giving with themed book and book-adjacent packages. This Twitter thread from author Rebecca Makkai has a long list of concepts, from a city-specific gift box to a food-and-book (wine-and-book?) pairing, to a book and film bundle from the recipients birth year. A few more we like: Long-distance book club: Send the very same book to a group of friends along with a welcome to a Zoom event and a mixed drink recipe card.Cookbook and spice package: Gift your food-loving buddies a cookbook plus any hard-to-find ingredients.Free Little Library: Gift a Free Little Library box filled with covered books to a buddy who has a yard.Many indies will cover orders, too, so you can have products sent straight to loved ones. Visit for a cup of coffeeIf your indie bookseller is open and serving coffee and food, drop in when you can (and follow all security rules when you do).


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