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In Case You Missed It: You Can Physically Walk into This Amazon Bookstore!

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In the world of OMG-I-had-no-idea-this-existed, Amazon has an actual brick-and-mortar bookstore in Seattle, WA. Located in the same city as the Amazon headquarters, the store actually opened in November 2015! It doesn’t matter if this is kind of old news, this bookstore looks pretty awesome. The books are displayed face-out to make shopping more pleasant on the eye, and books aren’t just sorted by category — they’re sorted by their Amazon ranking/reviews! Plus, the books are pretty cheap; if they’re on sale online, then they’re on sale in the store as well. While you might not have the quirky selections you can get in an independent bookstore, the books are organized according to what’s popular based on rank and ratings,…

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Independent Bookstores You Need to Visit on a Summer Getaway

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In a country of big corporations and homogenized megastores, the little shop down the street has become all too rare. Everywhere I go I try to find that bookstore where I can have my own little keepsake; My own memory of the places I’ve been to. Since Memorial Day Weekend is upon us, here are five independent bookstores that you should visit on a long weekend (like this one) or on a summer getaway. Mermaid Books: Williamsburg, VA On a Saturday morning after having a much needed breakfast by the William and Mary campus, I came across Mermaid Books. Resting below a flight of stairs leading to a basement, this little store sells all kinds of vintage used books. In a…

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Your National Independent Bookstore Guide for Small Business Saturday

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Do you love shopping for books, but want to help ensure the survival of independent bookstores? Then take this Small Business Saturday as an opportunity to shop locally for all of your book-related holiday gift needs. We’ve worked with many fantastic independent booksellers this year to put together our #FridayReads recommendations, so we wanted to give them shout-outs while helping shoppers looking for old fashioned customer service and topnotch gift ideas. Stop by one of these bookstores if you’re in their neck of the woods! Northeast Strand Bookstore “18 Miles of Books” 828 Broadway New York, NY 10003 (212) 473-2591 Recommendations: New contemporary classics New England Brookline Booksmith 279 Harvard Street Brookline, MA 02446 (617) 566-6660 Recommendations: Historical fiction  …

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New Rizzoli Bookstore Location on Broadway is Open and Better than Ever

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Rizzoli Bookstore, the literary oasis on West 57th St in New York, was a destination check-marked on every tourist’s to-do list. Whether you were walking by, stopping in on your lunch hour or spending hours browsing all levels of the store, it was not to be missed. But one year ago, the news was announced that Rizzoli would be shutting its doors following the store’s lease expiration and it was a shock for customers, booksellers, authors and even publishers. If Rizzoli couldn’t keep their doors open, how would so many of the smaller independent bookstores? Rizzoli, however, did not go quietly and on July 27, 2015 the famous Rizzoli bookstore welcomed back book lovers from around the world to step…

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James Patterson Wants You to Nominate an Indie Bookseller for a Holiday Bonus

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Know an independent bookstore employee who could really use a holiday bonus? Santa, er, James Patterson is going to make sure that their hard work to help keep indie bookstores alive is rewarded. He’s donating $250,000 to indie booksellers by partnering with the American Booksellers Association to distribute the funds among as many of the 2,200 affiliated bookstores as possible. Why is he doing it? “Every holiday season I get the chance to pick out books to give my son, Jack,” says Patterson.  “I think hard about what he’ll love reading—what will excite him? What will inspire him? Of course, every day booksellers ask these questions on behalf of the people in their community. And I think they should be…

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