A-Z Challenge Day 9 (I)- Indie Bookstores


There is something to be said about walking into a bookstore and being able to see all of the adventures set out ahead of you, ready to take you anywhere you want to (or don’t want to) go. While many people go to the big, corporate bookstores, independent bookstores are where I feel the most at home.

I am lucky to live in (and to have grown up in) a small community that has our very own independent bookstore, The River’s End Bookstore. While this bookstore may be smaller than some that you are used to, it is full of books of all genres and booksellers who are always willing to help you out. I prefer to go to this bookstore over Barnes and Noble (even though I do love that store) or shopping at Amazon. Why? It’s a part of the community I live in. My neighbors work there. Shopping there helps my community.

Watch a video about The River’s End Bookstore


Did you know that if you “Spend $100 at a local and $68 of that stays in your community. Spend the same $100 at a national chain, and your community only sees $43” (www.indiebound.org)

While that might not seem like a whole hell of a lot, any bit that helps your local community is good. And with so many options to shop at national chains, we should seek out the options closer to home.

One thing I love about my local bookstore is the selection that they offer.  I can find pretty much everything and anything I would ever want there there is a large selection of books for people of all ages. And if a book is not in stock, all I have to do is ask them to order me a copy. During my last visit I saw a display about gardening and vegetable gardening (which I will probably pick up a book about very soon) and a whole section on crafts and DIY (which is always fun to browse).

Find an independent bookstore near you at www.indiebound.org

Learn a little bit more about The River’s End Bookstore

Read my Ode to my Favorite Bookstore

7 thoughts on “A-Z Challenge Day 9 (I)- Indie Bookstores

  1. Sam says:

    I love used book stores. It’s so great to see such a variety and a large number of books that are hard to find anywhere else. I went to one last week and it’s the most relaxed I’ve felt in ages!

  2. Caffe Maggieato says:

    River’s End Bookstore sounds and looks really nice and at a time when a lot of indie bookstores are closing, I think it’s even more important to support them. Great topic for letter I!

  3. bookmammal says:

    I do love small bookstores . . . but I guess I’m part of the problem because I worked at one of the big chains for 7 years, and I do buy most of my books online now. I do purchase a lot of books via abebooks, which is a sort of clearinghouse for used bookstores all over the US and even Europe, so I tell myself that I am supporting independent bookstores that way. . . and I do make a point of trying to check out one or two independent bookstores or used book places if I’m in another city. (Can you tell I feel somewhat guilty about all this? It’s complicated for me!)

    • amandasnoseinabook says:

      I don’t blame you for working or shopping at a chain bookstore at all! Don’t feel guilty. The closest chain bookstore is 40 minutes from where I live, so I grew up going to The River’s End 🙂

      I will have to check out abebooks! It sounds really cool and I might be able to make some great finds!

      • bookmammal says:

        You definitely should try them–I’ve probably bought at least 100 used books from abebooks over the years–you can compare prices and condition of used titles from store to store really easily. Lots of the stores have free shipping! I’ve only had a couple of instances when a book arrived in a condition that wasn’t represented accurately on the site. I love abebooks! (I am not affiliated with them in any way!)

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