Support Local Bookstores this Year: Where to buy your books and how to give back
Where is the best place to buy your books in 2023?
Have you heard of Bookshop.org? You might think it’s just another book-selling site, but it goes way beyond buying and selling!
If you’re already buying books online, why not take advantage of this opportunity and give back and support local bookstores? Amazon is great, and as a self-published author, I believe they do provide some valuable tools for authors, but they’ve created a monopoly on books. This year, I am dedicated to buying my books from somewhere new. Every purchase at Bookshop.org supports a local bookstore financially and brings awareness to new stores and new authors.
Local bookstores are crucial for our towns and cities. They often play an important role in getting the word out about new authors or lesser-known writers. They diversify downtown areas, provide a space for local readers and writers to gather, and encourage reading, which teaches empathy. Local bookshops also expose readers to more diverse literature. Our computers and phones know what we like, which can cause us to get stuck in a rut when it comes to what we’re reading. If you’re face to face with a new book, a new genre, or simply an interesting cover that you’ve never seen, you are more likely to pick it up and give it a try.
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How does Bookshop work?
Every purchase on the platform gives independent bookstores financial resources and tools to compete online. This helps them maintain their presence in local communities.
Visit the find a local bookstore page and select the bookstore you'd like to support. If you don't choose a store, you'll contribute to a profit-sharing pool that helps all the stores on BookShop.org.
Your order will be filled directly by the distributor, and the full profit from your purchase will be sent to the bookstore you selected.
Bookshop also allows you to connect with your favorite local bookstores and discover brand-new ones. Search your area code and see what’s out there and view book recommendations lists that have been created by your favorite bookstores.
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Visit my shop here for carefully curated booklists and start supporting your local bookstores!
Bookshop is also an excellent way to find recommendations, make your own recommendation lists, and keep track of all the books you've read and want to read.
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