How You Can Still Support Your Favorite Indie Bookshop

With the state of things remaining uncertain, it’s important to, of course, #BOOKTimeforYou, but to also support businesses in need. Buy a book from a local independent bookstore or find a way to support them any way you can.

There are four main ways to help your favorite locals out:

  1. Call your local indie, indicate what you’re interested in buying and schedule a delivery or curbside pickup.
  2. Shop their online selection!
  3. Buy a gift certificate for later (invest in them and your future reading).
  4. Share their initiatives and posts that you love on social media. You’d be surprised by how much influence you have on the people around you.

Connect to the world through books and your love of reading. Below is a selection of indie bookstores picked out by readers like you by state and province. And make sure to check Indiebound’s Indie Bookstore Finder for some more local options!

USA

Alabama — Little Professor

Free local delivery, shipping, or curbside pickup.

Location: Homewood, AL

Shop Online: littleprofessorhomewood.com/

Phone: 205-870-7461

Text: 205-526-3332

Email: lphomewood@gmail.com

Alaska — Fireside Books

Fireside is offering curbside pickup of orders placed online or over the phone. There will also be free delivery within a 10 mile radius of the store.

Location: Palmer, AK

Shop Online: goodbooksbadcoffee.com/

Phone: 907-745-2665

Arizona — Changing Hands Book Store

The online shop will be open for business as usual, but you can also pick up your order at their front door with curbside delivery.

Location: Phoenix, AZ

Shop Online: changinghands.com/

Phone: 602-274-0067

Arkansas — Dickson Street Books

This little store provides gift cards and free shipping to all 50 states.

Location: Fayetteville, AR

Website: dicksonstreetbooks.com/

Email: mail@dicksonstreetbooks.com

California — The Last Book Store

Currently providing shopping opportunities by appointment only as of March 19 (11AM to 7 PM). You can still shop online or purchase a gift card/code for later.

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Website: shopthelastbookstore.com/

Phone: 213-488-0599

Email: visit.lastbookstore@gmail.com

Colorado — Westside Books

This indie store is working on an entire online system in response to the pandemic. They are currently taking orders by phone or email and will ship books to you or allow curbside pickup.

Location: Denver, CO

Website: westsidebooks.com/

Phone: 303-480-0220

Connecticut — House of Books

House of Books is now providing a reduced shipping rate of $1.99. Just email or call to confirm your order details and payment options. They also provide gift card options!

Location: Kent, CT

Website: houseofbooksct.com/

Phone: 860-927-4104

Email: info@hobooks.com

Delaware — Bethany Beach Books

Shop online, get free shipping. Order over the phone and also arrange curbside pickup. You can also grab a gift card for yourself or a friend!

Location: Bethany Beach, DE

Shop Online: bethanybeachbooks.com/

Phone: 302-539-2522

Email: read@bethanybeachbooks.com

Florida — Writer’s Block Bookstore

Offering curbside pickup, online shopping and shipping anywhere in the continental US.

Location: Winter Park, FL

Shop Online: writersblockbookstore.com/

Phone: 407-335-4192

Email: info@writersblockbookstore.com

Georgia — A Cappella Books

Shop online, grab a gift card, or via phone and email. They are providing their usual shipping in addition with free shipping to patrons near the store.

Location: Atlanta, GA

Shop Online: acappellabooks.com/

Phone: 404-681-5128

Email: info@acappellabooks.com

Hawaii — Basically Books

Not just a bookstore, Basically Books also provides all things Hawaiian. They also have a nifty virtual tour option on their site. Online, email and phone orders can be mailed out or picked up.

Location: Hilo, HI

Website: basicallybooks.com/

Phone: 808-961-0144

Email: bbinfo@basicallybooks.com

Idaho — Rediscovered Books

This local shop is full of options. Not only can you shop both their in-store and online collection, but at checkout you can select whether you require in-town delivery or curbside pickup!

Location: Boise, ID

Shop Online: rdbooks.org/

Illinois — Women & Children First

Despite its name, all are welcome here. This feminist store provides all manner of topics, fiction and nonfiction, but makes a point to highlight smaller books that deserve just as much attention. Online orders are still being fulfilled.

Location: Chicago, IL

Shop Online: womenandchildrenfirst.com/

Indiana — Indy Reads Books

Buy a gift card or phone in to place your order. This store will arrange either pickup or have new books delivered straight from their distributor.

Location: Indianapolis, IN

Shop Online: indyreadsbooks.org/

Phone: 317-384-1496

Email: info@indyreadsbooks.org

Iowa — Prairie Lights Books & Cafe

Though you can’t get coffee with your book anymore, Prairie Lights is offering phone orders and have online shopping set up on their site already. For curbside pickups, just indicate it in the comments in checkout.

Location: Iowa City, IA

Shop Online: prairielights.com/

Phone: 319-337-2681

Kansas — Rainy Day Books

Accepting phone and online orders with reduced shipping rates!

Location: Fairway, KS

Shop Online: rainydaybooks.com/

Phone: 913-384-3126

Kentucky — Carmichael’s Bookstore

They have online ordering, shipping, home delivery, and curbside pickup. They also have puzzles!

Location: Louisville, KY

Shop Online: carmichaelsbookstore.com/

Phone: 502-456-6950

Louisiana — Octavia Books

Located in uptown New Orleans, this well-loved store outside the French Quarter has online shopping, gift cards, and free shipping and delivery within the city. They’ve even arrange for curbside pickup.

Location: New Orleans, LS

Shop Online: octaviabooks.com/

Phone: 504-899-7323

Maine — Longfellow Books

Longfellow Books is answering the phones/emails and processing orders for pickup and shipping Monday through Saturday between 10AM and 4PM.

Location: Portland, ME

Shop Online: longfellowbooks.com/

Phone: 207-772-4045

Email: info@longfellowbooks.com

Maryland — Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse

While Red Emma’s delicious food may not be available to order, they are accepting and shipping online order for books.

Location: Baltimore, MD

Shop Online: redemmas.org/books/

Email: books@redemmas.org

Massachusetts — Trident Books & Cafe

Shop online, grab a gift card and get free shipping or curbside pickup.

Location: Boston, MA

Shop Online: tridentbookscafe.com/

Email: 617-267-8688

Michigan — Literati Bookstore

Literati Bookstore is working with their warehouses to get books shipped directly to your home! If you’re looking for merchandise or gift cards, they’ll be fulfilling those orders directly.

Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Shop Online: literatibookstore.com/

Email: info@literatibookstore.com

Minnesota — Magers & Quinn Booksellers

Magers & Quinn Bookseller’s storefront may be closed to browsing but their website is not! Place on online or phone order for curbside pick up or shipping.

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Shop Online: magersandquinn.com/

Phone 612-822-4611

Mississippi — Square Books

Square Books will continue to fulfill online and phone orders. Local pickup and delivery will also be provided. They also have gift cards available for purchase.

Location: Oxford, MS

Shop Online: squarebooks.com/

Phone: 662-236-2262

Missouri — The Novel Neighbor

The Novel Neighbor is taking orders over the phone, processing orders online and providing curbside pickup.

Location: Webster Groves, MO

Shop Online: thenovelneighbor.indielite.org/

Phone: 314-738-9384

Montana — Country Bookshelf

Country Bookshelf is still open between the hours of 10AM and 6PM daily. They’ve also rocking with deliveries, curbside pickup and $1 media mail shipping.

Location: Bozeman, MT

Website: countrybookshelf.com/

Phone: 406-587-0166

Email: staff@countrybookshelf.com

Nebraska — A Novel Idea

A Novel Idea is preparing to close for walk-ins but will be scheduling book shopping reservations shortly. They’ll also continue to provide local deliveries on Wednesday and Fridays as well as curbside pickups.

Location: Lincoln, NE

Website: anovelideabookstore.com/

Phone: 402-475-8663

Email: anovelidea118@gmail.com

Nevada — The Writer’s Block

The Writer’s Block has a full searchable online catalog and will be offering curbside pick up or shipping on online and phone orders.

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Shop Online: thewritersblock.org/

Phone: 702-550-6399

Email: info@thewritersblock.org

New Hampshire — Gibson’s Bookstore

Selling books since 1898, Gibson’s is now doing online fulfillment, curbside pickup, the the occasional delivery as appropriate.

Location: Concord, NH

Shop Online: gibsonsbookstore.com/

Phone: (603) 224-0562

Email: gibsons@gibsonsbookstore.com

New Jersey — Watchung Booksellers

Watchung Booksellers will be available Monday through Saturday between 10AM and 2PM to answer phones and process orders. You can order via phone, text, or email for curbside pickup, local delivery or media mail shipping.

Location: Montclair, NJ

Website: watchungbooksellers.com/

Phone: 973-744-7177

Text: 973-567-0477

Email: info@watchungbooksellers.com

New Mexico— Bookworks

Bookworks is currently offering free shopping for all their web orders. If you’re not sure what to read, feel free to call or email them for some recommendations.

Location: Albuquerque, NM

Shop Online: bkwrks.com/

Phone: 505-344-8139

Email: orders@bkwrks.com

New York — Greenlight Books

Though no longer offering curb-side pick up, Greenlight is still fulfilling online orders. They even have virtual events!

Location: New York, NY

Shop Online: greenlightbookstore.com/

North Carolina — Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe

Malaprop’s is currently exploring new subscription services, delivery options and digital content like virtual events. In the meantime, you can order online or call between the hours of 10AM and 6PM daily to order by phone and get reading recommendations.

Location: Asheville, NC

Shop Online: malaprops.com/

Phone: 828-254-6734

North Dakota — Zandbroz Variety

Zandbroz Variety is offering curbside pickup, in-town delivery and shopping by appointment. They also have personal shopping available where they’ll get all your items to you via pickup, delivery or mail.

Location: Fargo, ND

Website: zandbroz.com/

Phone: 701-239-4729

Email: fargo@zandbroz.com

Ohio — The Book Loft of German Village

The Book Loft of German Village is processing online orders and keeping their customers stocked up with a low flat rate shipping.

Location: Columbus, OH

Shop Online: bookloft.com/

Oklahoma — Commonplace Books

Commonplace Books will remain open to groups of 5 customers or less. They’re also happy to accommodate with call ahead, quick pickup, shipping, delivery, and curbside service.

Location: Oklahoma City, OK

Website: commonplacebooksokc.com/

Phone: 405-534-4540

Oregon — Powell’s

Powell’s already provides online shopping with their regular shipping procedures.

Location: Portland, OR

Shop Online: powells.com/

Pennsylvania — White Whale Bookstore

While White Whale Bookstore is closed for the time being, you can still support them by buying books from Bookshop.org or audiobooks from LibroFM.

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Website: whitewhalebookstore.com/

Rhode Island — Symposium Books

Order books and gift cards online at Symposium Books. Bonus: they’re hosting an online book club right now if you’re missing a sense of community.

Location: Providence, RI

Shop Online: symposiumbooks.com/

Email: store@symposiumbooks.com

South Carolina — Blue Bicycle Books

Blue Bicycle Books is taking orders via phone for curbside pickup, delivery, or shipment. On their online shop they have gift certificates, merch, and a select number of titles, but your best bet is calling and asking, between 10AM to 6PM, Monday through Saturday.

Location: Charleston, SC

Website: bluebicyclebooks.com/

Phone: 843-722-2666

Email: info@bluebicyclebooks.com

South Dakota — Mitzi’s Books

Mitzi’s Books is still open for reduced hours but if you’d like to place an order, you can do so online or by phone.

Location: Rapid City, SD

Shop Online: mitzisbooks.indielite.org/

Phone: 605-721-2665

Tennessee — Parnassus Books

Parnassus Books is still taking orders for shipping and curbside delivery on their website. You can also place an order and get recommendations from a real bookseller by phone.

Location: Nashville, TN

Shop Online: parnassusbooks.net/

Phone: 615-953-2243

Email: orders@parnassusbooks.net

Texas — Interabang Books

While their storefront is closed, any book in print can be ordered through Interabang Books’ website, now with no charge for shipping through the USA!

Location: Dallas, TX

Shop Online: interabangbooks.com/

Utah — Weller Book Works

Weller Book Works is still taking online and phone orders while offering curbside pickup, shipping and delivery.

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Shop Online: wellerbookworks.com/

Phone: 801-328-2588

Vermont — The Vermont Book Shop

Though their physical doors remains closed to customers The Vermont Book Shop is open online, by phone, email, text, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Location: Middlebury, VT

Shop Online: vermontbookshop.com/

Phone: 802-388-2061

Email: orders@vermontbookshop.com

Virginia — One More Page Books

One More Page takes books, wine, and chocolate more seriously than they take themselves! You can currently shop online or call the staff Monday to Friday betweem 11AM and 4PM to purchase books for curbside pickup or local home delivery.

Location: Arlington, VA

Shop Online: onemorepagebooks.com/

Phone: 703-300-9746

Email: info@onemorepagebooks.com

Washington — Elliot Bay Book Company

Elliot Bay Book Company is home to over 150,000 titles. You can call or email them to purchase and receive local home delivery, curbside pickup or free media mail rate shipping within the United States.

Location: Seattle, WA

Website: elliottbaybook.com/

Phone: 206-624-6600

Email: orders@elliotbaybook.com

West Virginia — Taylor Books

Taylor Books has become a landmark and must-visit destination in downtown Charleston. You can currently shop online from their newly-created online store-front.

Location: Charleston, WV

Shop Online: bookshop.org/shop/taylorbooks/

Phone: 304-342-1461

Wisconsin — Boswell Book Company

Boswell Book Company is offering delivery and curbside pickup. They’re also happy to offer personal shopping services and book recommendations by phone or email.

Location: Milwaukee, WI

Shop Online: boswellbooks.com/

Phone: 414-322-1181

Email: info@boswellbooks.com

Wyoming — Legends Book Store

A fine bookstore in a legendary western town with free local delivery, curbside pickup services and telephone ordering.

Location: Cody, WY

Website: legendsbooks.com/

Phone: 307-586-2320

Email: legendsbookscody@gmail.com

Canada

Alberta — Shelf Life Books

A downtown Calgary-fave, Shelf Life books is offering online and over-the-phone ordering, as well numerous home delivery options (including curbside pickup).

Location: Calgary, AB

Shop Online: store.shelflifebooks.ca/

Phone: 403-265-1033

Email: contact@shelflifebooks.ca

British Columbia — The Paper Hound

This whimsical nook in Vancouver is happy to take orders by phone or email. They are willing to also deliver orders placed by eco-friendly biking.

Location: Vancouver, BC

Website: paperhound.ca/

Phone: 604-428-1344

Email: thepaperhound@gmail.com

Manitoba — McNally Robinson

Though part of a large chain of indie bookstores, McNally Robinson is still a go-to Canadian fave. You can shop online anywhere in Canada.

Location: Winnipeg, MB

Shop Online: mcnallyrobinson.com/

Phone: 204-475-0483

Email: info@grant.mcnallyrobinson.ca

New Brunswick — Westminster Books

This oldie is ready for any “book emergency”. They offer free delivery within the city and curbside pickup. Call in advance.

Location: Fredericton, NB

Website: westminsterbooks.com/

Phone: 506-454-1442

Email: norine.mcginn@westminsterbooks.com

Newfoundland & Labrador — Downhome Shoppe & Gallery

With many of Newfoundland’s independent bookstores closing with no other ordering options, Downhome provides a great multi-purpose, but local and independent resource. You can shop online with ease!

Location: St.John’s NL

Shop Online: shopdownhome.com/

Phone: 709-726-5113

Northwest Territories — The Yellowknife Book Cellar

This bookstore will maintain online and special orders during their regular hours with prepayment options and curbside pickup. You can use the website to browse and shop.

Location: Yellowknife, NT

Shop Online: bookmanager.com/168003x/

Phone: 867-920-2220

Email: info@yellowknifebooks.com

Nova Scotia — King’s Co-op Bookstore

They are still taking any online orders and offering free delivery in the Halifax area.

Location: Halifax, NS

Shop Online: kingsbookstore.ca/

Email: manager@kingsbookstore.ca

Nunavut — Inhabit Books

Though no physical independent stores exist, most physical books being carried by co-op general stores, Inhabit Media is an Inuit-owned publisher with their own online bookstore.

Location: N/A

Shop Online: inhabitbooks.com/

Email: customerservice@inhabitmedia.com

Ontario — Queen Books

This east end Toronto book store launched a website just for readers looking for alternate ways to shop their store selection!

Location: Toronto, ON

Shop Online: bookmanager.com/queenbk/

Phone: 416-778-5058

Email: info@queenbooks.ca

Prince Edward Island — Bookmark

In need of books or puzzles? Oder online call, or email and they will deliver to you the same day in Charlottetown. If you live outside Charlottetown, give them a call to arrange alternate delivery.

Location: Charlottetown, PE

Shop Online: bookmarkreads.ca/

Phone: 902-566-4888

Email: charlottetown@bookmarkreads.ca

Quebec — Argo Bookshop

Between the hours of 12PM to 3 PM, Argo will be offering curbside pickup of books. Reserve books or place orders in advance through their website or over the phone.

Location: Montreal, QC

Shop Online: argobookshop.ca/

Phone: 514-931-3442

Saskatchewan — Kennedy’s Parable

This bookstore is offering orders via their online store or phone.

Location: Saskatoon, SK

Shop Online: onlinestore.kennedysparable.com/

Phone: 306-211-3700

Yukon — Mac’s Fireweed Books

Though it doesn’t appear this bookstore currently has its doors closed to the public, they do provide online and phone ordering options.

Location: Whitehorse, YK

Shop Online: macsbooks.ca/

Phone: 867-668-2434

Email: orders@macsbooks.ca

What is your favorite indie bookstore and how are you planning on showing them love during this difficult time? Let us know in the comments below!

    Katie Didow

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