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7 Perfect Independent Bookstores from Across the Globe

If there’s one thing I love more than books it’s bookstores. And, if there’s one thing I love more than bookstores, it’s independent bookstores. Independent bookstores act as a sort of home. They’re the places you go when you want to get out of the house, but you also still want to sort of be alone.

 

And this is why it’s so very vital that we stand by, support, and shop at our independent bookstores. Our independent bookstores are small business that are constantly being threatened by the bigger, fortune 500 corporations; it’s up to us to keep ensuring that the corporations don’t win and that the independent stores are able to stay in business.

 

So, pop into your local indie bookshop this week and pick up that novel you’ve been dying to read!

 

And, check out these seven super-rad independent bookstores from all across the globe; who knows, maybe you’ll see your local shop on the list?

 

Housing Works – NYC

 

Housing Works

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Housing Works is a beautiful place because, on top of offering every book under the sun within their shop, they are also an organization that helps provide housing, healthcare, and treatment to those affected with HIV/AIDS. (You can also rent out the bookstore for your wedding!)

 

Daunt Books – London

 

Daunt Books

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This breathtaking shop opened in 1990 with one objective in mind; organize books by country rather than genre, so the reader can walk through the shop all the while traveling the world.

 

Women & Children First – Chicago

 

Women & Children First

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This friendly feminist bookshop opened in 1979 and specializes in books by female-identifying and LGBTQ+ authors in all forms. They are one of the largest feminist bookstores in the world, containing more than 30,000 books!

 

The Book Lounge – Cape Town, South Africa

 

The Book Lounge

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This incredible little shop opened in 2007 and contains the most unique, eclectic selection of books. They also host story time every Saturday morning!

 

Leaping Windows – Mumbai, India

 

Leaping Windows

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Leaping Windows was born of the idea to connect comic book lovers with all the books their hearts could possibly desire. They believe in the connection books cause between fellow readers, the power of imagination, and the ability to create a space for all to feel welcome.

 

Type Books – Toronto, Ontario

 

Type Books

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This adorable little shop believes in the written word, hosts events for authors and artists, and offers a wide variety of books under all genres. Check out their insanely beautifully curated window displays!

 

Flow Books – Hong Kong

 

Flow Books

Image via Hong Kong Free Press

 

This book shop opened in 1997 and, in the past twenty-one years, have seen more than half-a-million books flow through! 

 

 

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UK Bookstore Chain Is Opening New Locations Pretending to Be Independent Bookstores

For the past four years, UK bookstore chain Waterstones has been opening up shops without disclosing that the shops were under the chain. For example, Waterstones, the Barnes & Noble of the UK, opened up a store in Southwold, naming it Southwold Books. There was no indication that the store was owned by Waterstones except for the small, handwritten sign in the window, “Southwold Books is the trading name of Waterstones Booksellers Ltd.”

 

Independent bookstores like Stockbridge’s Golden Hare Books have been directly impacted by the chain’s expansion. The owners accused the company of breaking the pledge they made to not compete with independent bookstores. The store took to Twitter to express the importance of independent bookstores and the support of their patrons. 

 

 

After the accusation, Waterstones decided against opening up another store in Stockbridge. Waterstones CEO James Daunt wrote in a statement “Independent book shops have their place. It’s big chains like Waterstones who need to be responsible.” 

 

Following the overruling of opening another Waterstones in Stockbridge, readers took to Twitter to rejoice and celebrate their favorite independent bookstore. 

 

 

 

Golden Hare was empathetic, despite the near death of their shop. 

 

 

Let this be a lesson to everyone that independent bookstores are not to be messed with. 

 

Featured Image Via Slate Magazine.  

Barnes & Noble Union Square

Save Barnes & Noble! Chain Bookstore In Danger of Closing

An opinion piece was released in The New York Times on Sunday entitled Save Barnes & Noble! which detailed the financial distress the bookstore chain is currently in and how, if we don’t speak out now, the entire company could go under and we could lose Barnes & Noble for good.

 

This prompted a slew of response pieces, along with the Twitter trend Save Barnes & Noble. Many Twitter users were quick to protect the bookstore chain, leaping to it’s defense:

 

 

Other users, however, were quick to point out that, at the end of the day, Barnes & Noble is still a Fortune 500 corporation. And that back in the 1970s and 1980s, the expansion of the chain, along with the discounted prices they began to heavily advertise, put thousands of independent and mom & pop bookstores out of business.

 

 

Personally, I feel pretty torn about this on so many levels. I do believe that it is vital for us as a society to protect and support independent booksellers, as opposed to the large capitalist corporations that already sort of run the world. And, as the author points out in this opposing article hereB&N being out-sold by a corporation as big as Amazon isn’t necessarily a bad thing. On Amazon, consumers are purchasing items through independent sources that then go through the Amazon website, resulting in a profit for both. So in a way, Barnes & Noble is actually losing out to the very bookstores they ran out of town years ago.

 

Still, it’d be hypocritical of me to say I don’t appreciate Barnes & Noble, corporation and all. I love B&N. It’s been my home away from home for so many different points in my life. When I lived wifi-less for six months, the B&N cafe was where I went to work. When I’ve needed a restroom, fast, while running around out in the world, I could always find a Barnes & Noble nearby. I met my favorite author there once and greeted him through a mess of shaky tears and nervous gyrating.

 

Whenever I’ve been in the mood to just wander around somewhere that smells like books, (mmmmmm… booksBarnes & Noble has been right where I needed it.

 

The loss of Barnes & Noble could potentially result in bookstores no longer being readily available in certain areas and that is both heartbreaking and nauseating on so many levels. People need books. People need bookstores. Bookstores will always act as a safe haven for many and we should ensure that they are easily accessible for all.

 

It is immensely important that everyone has equal access to books; books are essential to us as a society. And, without Barnes & Noble, they may be in danger.

 

It’s a tough situation for all. Still, if I had to choose, I think I’d risk being owned by a Fortune 500 company for the sake of keeping 600 bookstores afloat.

 

Featured Image via Mitzie Mee Blog

Moravian Book Shop

America’s Oldest Indie Bookstore Is Being Sold?!

Personally, I love a good independent bookstore. I have nothing against chain stores, sometimes they are more convenient than indies, but there’s something about independent bookstores that chain stores haven’t been able to replicate. They have a greater sense of personality, community, and history. So you can imagine how incensed people are that the oldest independent bookstore in the United States is in danger of becoming another big-box bookstore.

 

Moravian Book Shop is a 273-year-old business located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. It is not just the oldest continuously-operating bookstore in the United States: according to some sources, is also the second-oldest in the world, falling only behind Bertrand Bookstore in Lisbon, Portugal.

 

Moravian Book Shop

Image Via Lehigh Valley Live

 

Currently, there is a petition on change.org to keep the bookstore as it is. Right now it has close to 19,000 signatures and is striving for 25,000. According to the petition, the bookstore is doing well and had over $2 million in sales last year. The only financial trouble the store has run into is due to bad loans on a second, now-closed location that the store’s board of directors and the Moravian Church’s Provincial Elders’ Conference, or PEC, insisted on opening against the protests of the store’s lower management and employees. Now the PEC is planning to sell the store to the nearby Moravian College, which plans to close its current on-campus bookstore and move operations to Moravian Book Shop.

 

In an interview with The Morning Call, Michael Corr, a spokesman for Moravian College, said that people are reacting to misconceptions about the new ownership. While it is true that the college is buying Moravian Book Shop and that a national retailer runs the college’s on-campus bookstore, he explained that they want the store’s legacy to continue. The plan is for Moravian Book Shop to remain a community bookstore but add a section for Moravian college students, which will be run by the national chain. “Nothing will change. There will be some changes to the floor plan, but the book selection will remain the same,” he stated.

 

Moravian Book Shop

Image Via Interesting Pennsylvania

 

Moravian Book Shop is set to transfer ownership in mid-June. Only time will tell what actually becomes of it. If you are interested in signing the petition, you can find it here.

 

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Center for Fiction

‘Center for Fiction’ to Open in Brooklyn in 2019

The Brooklyn Home of Center for Creative Fiction is America’s first and only non-profit literary organization and, come January 2019, will be opening it’s doors in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. 

 

The Center was originally established as The Mercantile Library (a lending library for merchant clerks) in Manhattan back in 1820. It was renamed The Center for Creative Fiction in 2008, shortly before the building was sold and The Center moved to a different building in the center of Manhattan. Up until now, it hasn’t exactly been easily accessible for members of the Brooklyn community.

 

The Mercantile Library

via The Center for Fiction

 

“Brooklyn is home to so many great writers—both well-known and emerging—and so many of our audience members already are Brooklyn residents,” Noreen Tomassi, Executive Director of The Center, told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. “The borough may have more readers per square inch than anywhere in the country. Look at all the bookstores that thrive in Brooklyn!”

 

The new three-story building will include a cafe, library, bookstore, classroom, and a 160-seat auditorium. It will offer book recommendations, author’s picks, and more for avid readers and fans of fiction. For writers, there will be writing workshops, fellowships, classes on the business-side of the literary world, and so, so much more.

 

The Center describes itself as, “The only organization in the U.S. solely devoted to the creation and enjoyment of the art of fiction.”

 

I can’t wait to explore this new space and all the book magic it will be sure to bring!

 

Featured image via The Center for Fiction