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Have You Visited Your Indie Book Store Lately? Part II

December 15th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books

There were just too many to fit in one post so here are more indie book stores submitted by readers of this blog.  Check out post one here for other great indies in California, Nevada and Utah!

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.


Copperfield’s Books


Locations in Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Napa and Calistoga

suggested by Zoe from Zoe’s Book Reviews


Anderson’s Bookshop

Twitter: @AndersonsBkShp

123 West Jefferson · Naperville, IL 60540

“They have all of the best author events in the area and always have a great selection of YA books. If it weren’t for them, I don’t think I’d have seen 3/4ths of the authors I’ve met in the past!” –suggested by Kristen from Bookworming in the 21st Century

They also have a selection of autographed books for sale, recommendations from their book sellers and more!


Big Hat Books & Arts

6510 Cornell Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana

“Big Hat Books & Arts is my local, locally-owned bookstore. It used to be just books, but its new location allowed the owner to add the arts. The books are on the lower level, the arts on the upper. In addition to stocking a selection of new books, the store promotes local artists by hosting exhibitions on the upper level. They also have occasional author events.

The store features nice children’s and adult fiction collections. The non-fiction offerings include biography, gardening, cooking, and Indiana sections. The center display table is typically keyed in to the season or local events. The store is relatively small, so the owner carries only one or two copies of most titles, but does have larger quantities of current news-makers.

Big Hat is a quirky place. The owner is always willing to help customers find the perfect book and loves to chat. Be prepared for a leisurely experience. I love this bookstore. It’s a cozy place that feels like home to me.” –suggested by iubookgirl


Maple Street Book Shop

Twitter: @fightthestupids

7523 Maple Street, New Orleans, LA

“Great Selection, Staff, and has that funky New Orleans feel going on.” –suggested by Doni Molony


Brookline Booksmith

What’s so great? “EVERYTHING.  Coolidge Corner, the Basement, the staff, the selection-You name it.” –suggested by Doni Molony

North Carolina

Malaprop’s Bookstore and Cafe

Twitter: @malaprops

55 Haywood Street, Asheville, North Carolina

“It is interesting and hip.” –suggested by Doni Molony

Not only are they the region’s largest locally owned independent bookstore but they also serve locally baked pastries. Yum!


Next Chapter Book Shop

Twitter: @lanora

10976 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon, Wisconsin

“I just love this store so much! It’s has a great environment, and every is so friendly. I love going here when I get the chance. ” – suggested by Erica from The Book Cellar

They have their own blog, multiple book clubs, story time and more.

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One Response

  1. Elie N

    Great post. I have to check for one near me. Have a great holiday.

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