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Independent Bookstores

What Are America's Best Bookstores?

Travel + Leisure | Posted 03.19.2013 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

These 6 indie shops are definitely worth a visit.

Why We Can't Counter Corporate Power by Being Better Shoppers

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 02.13.2013 | Business
Stacy Mitchell

Choosing independent businesses and local financial institutions is a great idea. But a purely consumer-oriented response won't get us where we need to go, in part because it fails to fully grapple with how we got here in the first place.

By the Time You Read This, Another Independent Bookstore Will Be Closed

William Henderson | Posted 12.24.2012 | Books
William Henderson

The writing had been on the wall, though Yolanda Stratter, who says she has read more than 10,000 books, refused to read it. The time to get out of the used book and music retail business had come, gone, and come again.

Book Trails: Reacquainting Children With Reading (VIDEO)

Bus 52 | Posted 11.04.2012 | Books
Bus 52

Before there were video games and the internet, there were books. Ask a baby boomer what it was like growing up and you'll hear about all of the wonderful outdoors and the magic that a good book has on the imagination.

28 Ways To Save Bookstores

Posted 08.10.2012 | Books

Real-world bookstores are suffering. We all know why. However, they are far from gone from our lives, and the iconic San Francisco bookstore Keple...

Nate C. Hindman

Struggling Bookshop Turns To Crowdfunding In Fight To Survive | Nate C. Hindman | Posted 08.22.2012 | Small Business

At a rally last fall in New York’s East Village celebrating the end of a long battle between the 35-year old St. Mark’s Bookshop and its landlord,...

Why Independent Bookstores Matter

Gina Barreca | Posted 09.29.2012 | Books
Gina Barreca

Independent bookstores do everything big corporate bookstores do, with only one significant difference: Independents do it better.


Rachael Berkey | Posted 08.13.2012 | Books
Rachael Berkey

I'm still trying to figure out how electronic bookstores are going to replace this past time. I don't know that they can.

'Independent Booksellers Have Never Faced Anything Like Amazon'

Steve Rosenbaum | Posted 07.25.2012 | Technology
Steve Rosenbaum

For all the talk about 'monetization' -- the actual business of media often gets shorted on the industry conference circuit.

The Amazon Conundrum

Howard Fishman | Posted 07.02.2012 | Small Business
Howard Fishman

And so ensued the ethical debate: support The Strand and pay a whopping $10 more for the book, or save the $10 and order the same book online, further hastening the imminent demise of great bookstores like the very one I was standing in?

The Mystery of a Book Bus Tour

M.J. Rose | Posted 06.30.2012 | Books
M.J. Rose

The Atria Mystery Bus tour took off April 12th. I think that what made the strongest impression on me was much we all love books. The authors on the tour. The amazing booksellers who hosted us. And the readers who came out to see us.

WATCH Ann Patchett: Can Online Shopping Make You The Unabomber?

Posted 02.21.2012 | Books

Last night, Ann Patchett appeared on "The Colbert Report" to defend physical bookstores everywhere. Colbert introduced her by praising the amount ...

A Band of Determined Eccentrics

William Petrocelli | Posted 04.01.2012 | Books
William Petrocelli

What accounts for an upsurge in confidence among independent booksellers? In part, it's because of an increase in sales in many of these stores within the last quarter.

New Jersey Bookstore "The Raconteur" Closes Today

The Huffington Post | Jessica Kramer | Posted 03.27.2012 | Home

"They paved paradise and put up a parking lot." Joni Mitchell's landmark lyrics are often overused to the point of triteness, but in this case they...

How To Compete With Amazon

| Posted 01.14.2012 | Books

By Janaka Stucky for Poetry Foundation If you’re reading this, you’re probably at least tangentially aware of what happens among readers, write...

Did I Just Hammer a Nail Into My Bookstore's Coffin?

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.10.2012 | Books
Holly Robinson

Who am I to think that my novel is good enough to be published? Am I now as pathetic as those street poets I used to see in Berkeley, peddling their sappy, mistake-laden chapbooks for a dollar a copy? And how the hell does a writer act as her own publicist?

Why We Need to Save the World's Last Remaining LGBT Bookstores

Oscar Raymundo | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Oscar Raymundo

If every LGBT bookstore in the world is set to fade, who will proudly stock our queer, oftentimes "unpublishable" stories? Who will help us validate our fight against mainstream censorship? What will be our gayborhoods' living rooms? certainly won't.

10 Reading-Related Resolutions for 2012

Dave Astor | Posted 02.20.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

As New Year's Day nears, it's time for some book-related resolutions!

Remembering George Whitman

Janice Harper | Posted 02.14.2012 | Books
Janice Harper

Years ago, back in the early eighties after reading too much Henry Miller to do a woman any good, I found myself in Paris, squatting in an old and dusty room above the legendary booksellers, Shakespeare & Company.

A Truly Black Friday With No Borders

Adam Benson | Posted 01.25.2012 | Books
Adam Benson

There is one difference about this holiday. I won't be visiting one of my favorite haunts today. This Friday, without Borders Books, is truly a Black one for me.

How To Save Bookstores

Maria Rodale | Posted 12.27.2011 | Home
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Maya Rodale, writer of historical tales of true love and adventure. Lately, I've been craving the experience of browsing in booksto...

Q.R. Markham | Posted 12.25.2011 | Books
Q.R. Markham

Editor's Note: This post has been removed from the Huffington Post because it was determined, after its original publication, that large segments had ...

Confessions of an E-Book Virgin

Dave Astor | Posted 12.21.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

Some people continued to ride a horse-and-buggy after many other people switched to cars. Maybe I'm one of those late-adopter types. But at least for now, I'm sticking with print books.

Book Justice for All

Colleen Jaurretche | Posted 12.20.2011 | Los Angeles
Colleen Jaurretche

Lending and owning books is basic to culture and the building of community, and essential to democracy. It is a gesture of basic humanity that we cannot afford to lose.

Is It Best to Buy or Borrow Books?

Dave Astor | Posted 11.28.2011 | Books
Dave Astor

Now stepping into the ring: buying books vs. using a library! That bout might never make pay-per-view, but it's a contest often on the minds of avid readers.