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5 Easy Ways to Support Your Local Independent Bookstore

Looking for easy ways to support your local independent bookstore, even from afar? We have you covered.

Check out these 5 steps to stay connected to your favorite independent bookstores AND keep occupied with the latest books, games, puzzles, kids’ activities, and more – a win for everyone!

Many independent bookstores ship directly to a customer’s doorstep through online orders or phone orders. Check out your indie store’s website or call the bookstore if possible to learn about ordering options. And remember – bookstores sell even more than books! It’s the perfect time to look for new games, puzzles, educational materials, kids’ activities, and gifts. Purchases help sustain your bookstore, its employees, and its community programing, so think big and shop local.

If you’re looking to share some #booklove but aren’t sure where to start, visit www.indiebound.org to easily search for and locate your local independent bookstore. Another resource is Bookshop.org, which benefits local bookshops and offers an affiliate program.

Give the gift of books and other sources of entertainment to a loved one while supporting a local independent bookstore. It’s a great way to say “I’m thinking of you” and another way to shop local. Visit your local independent bookstore’s website to learn more.

Follow your local indie bookstores on social media and sign up for their newsletter to stay up to date on all their happenings. Many booksellers are using social media to share their recommendations, host virtual book clubs, offer storytimes for kids, and much more.

Donating to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) provides booksellers with financial assistance to help them through unforeseen crises. Binc offers an invaluable safety net to booksellers, strengthening the bookselling community through programs that directly support employees and their families.

Repost or check out the stories of @IndieBookBuzz and @americanbooksellers on Instagram to help spread the word on ways to support independent bookstores.