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Have You Visited Your Indie Book Store Lately?

December 14th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books

We all know times are hard and that goes for independent book stores as well as they try to compete with Barnes and Noble, Borders, Amazon, etc.  So why not head over to your local indie book store and pick up a book as a gift for a friend, family member or yourself.  You can find a list of indie book stores in your area at Indie Bound.  Here are a few reasons why they suggest buying from your local indie store:

  • 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.
  • Buying local means less packaging, less transportation, and a smaller carbon footprint.
  • Local retailers are your friends and neighbors—support them and they’ll support you.

Awhile back I put out the call for people to send in their favorite indie book stores and I wanted to high light the ones people suggested.  These are by no means all the indie book stores out there but some of my readers favorites. So if you live near any of these head in to check them out and many of them have online ordering so if even if you do not live nearby you can still support these stores by ordering from them.


Kepler’s Books and Magazines

1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA, 94025-3493

Twitter: @Keplers

“This is such a cool book store and Angela in the Young Adult department is awesome! She brings in the best authors for YA events.  This year alone I’ve seen Scott Westerfeld, Lauren Kate, Sophie Jordan, Melissa de la Cruz, Kimberly Derting and many, many more authors. ” –suggested by Debbie from Debbie’s World of Books

If you are looking to buy signed copies of books check out their selection here.

Russo’s Books

9000 Ming Avenue #I-4, Bakersfield, CA  93311

“Russo’s has great author events and a welcoming atmosphere. I also love that they are so supportive of local authors.” –suggested by Katy from A Few More Pages

They have a Youth Advisory Council that helps in selecting titles, plan events and more. You can read about it here.


1378 Lincoln Ave. San Jose, CA 95125

“Hicklebee’s is where books come alive. The entire store is made up of children’s titles from picture books to the latest and greatest YA. The store also functions as a museum housing art, pictures, and signatures from authors who have made an impact in the store and in literature. Hicklebee’s is now selling adult titles as well since the iconic Willow Glen Books has closed it’s doors for good.” –suggested by Pam from

This book store has been around since 1979. They have a selection of signed books for sale, a teen book club and a resident book blogger, Pam from


Grassroots Books

660 E. Grove Street | Reno, NV

Twitter: @GrassrootsBooks

“Besides an awesome selection of books and the lowest prices in town, their staff is friendly and knowledgeable.” –Suggested by J.F

They have used paperback booksfor $1.99, hardbacks for $2.99 and more great deals.


Tattered Cover Bookstore

2526 East Colfax Avenue, Denver, Co.

Twitter: @TatteredCover

“It is wonderful, and I could spend weeks there.” –suggested by Doni Molony


Dolly’s Bookstore

510 Main Street, Park City,  Utah  84060

“Dolly the cat hangs out, and it is a good Indie Bookstore with atmosphere.”  –suggested by Doni Molony

Not only can you find books here but there is also a confectionery shop.

So if you are in the area please stop by and check these stores out and if you are not in the area check out their websites.  Keep an eye out for post #2 for more great indies in other states.

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One Response

  1. Mayara

    Well, sadly we don’t have indie bookstores here… But I visit my “second hand” bookstore all the time and I love to find different books there, things I wouldn’t find on the “major chain” (which is not so major and likes to charge a hell of a lot for books), or the online bookstores (even though sometimes buying online is cheaper than buying used books :/)

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