Support Indie Booksellers

IndieBound Maybe you noticed the little indie bound book in my on my book reviews and follow me links, or the shop indie bookstores link in my sidebar.  What is indie boound you ask?  Well, Indie Bound is a movement started by independent booksellers to promote small local bookstores. is not an e-commerce website like  It is an online community for Indie Booksellers, but you can still "buy" books through indie bound.  When you view a title on their website there is a "buy online from an indie bookstore" clicking on it will allow you to input your zip code and it will list local indie booksellers that you can purchases the book from.

Shop Indie BookstoresAlso by purchasing books through the indie bound links on my blog you are helping me to host future giveaways on this blog! 

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Why shop Indie?
When you shop at an independently owned business, your entire community benefits:

The Economy
  • 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.
  • Local businesses create higher-paying jobs for our neighbors.
  • More of your taxes are reinvested in your community--where they belong.
The Environment
  • Buying local means less packaging, less transportation, and a smaller carbon footprint.
  • Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money to beautify your community.
The Community
  • Local retailers are your friends and neighbors—support them and they’ll support you.
  • Local businesses donate to charities at more than twice the rate of national chains.
  • More independents means more choice, more diversity, and a truly unique community.
Now is the time to stand up and join your fellow individuals in the IndieBound mission supporting local businesses and celebrating independents.

Why I support indie bookstores.
I support indie bookstores for the reasons listed above in addition to my own personal reasons.  I have always been a proponent of the brick and mortar bookstore. I never really enjoyed shopping for books online.  You can't pick them up and look at them online I often find it really hard to determine if I truly want to read a book from an online bookstore.   (Yes I use goodreads to find books I'm interested in, but that is mostly based on the core group of book bloggers I've come to trust.)  If I'm going to buy a book for my personal library I will go to a real live bookstore before I order from an online store.   

Now some of you may be thinking "Wait, didn't you work for Borders? That wasn't an Indie Bookstore."  and yes you're right, until it closed in late 2011 I shopped at and worked for Borders.  Since the store closed I've become a big fan of shopping Indie, nothing against Barnes and Noble, they are great and I truly hope they do not go the same way Borders did, but given the choice I would rather shop for books at an indie store.