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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

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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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These Books Are Smaller Than Your Fingertip, but They Speak Volumes

If you’re an avid reader, then I’m sure you’ve come across hundreds (if not thousands) of unique books. But have you ever come across a book no bigger than three inches? If not, then you’re in for a delightful surprise. 


You can officially cross reading a miniature book off your bookworm-bucket list by visiting The University of Iowa which houses a collection of 4,000 tiny books. The collection was donated in 1996 by Charlotte M. Smith. Smith was an avid reader and passionate book collector who began collecting miniature books after realizing that full-size books were taking over her bookshelves. While some readers may simply stop collecting books, Smith had another idea: tiny books. 


“I came to realize that there were infinite aspects of miniature books to be explored, Smith wrote in “The Joys of Miniature Books”. “I wondered why I had not paid attention to them before.”


Smith’s collection, now residing in The University of Iowa, contains a variety of titles, the majority of which are less than three inches tall. If that isn’t impressive enough, some volumes are much tinier including the first chapter of Genesis which measures at four millimeters. 


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First chapter of Genesis| Image Via The University of Iowa



The collection houses volumes ranging from 17th century to present-day works. Subjects range from Shakespearan poetry to fairy tales to early religious bibles, called “thumb bibles.”  


These condensed bibles, measuring less than three inches, were became popularized in the eighteenth and nineteeth centuries and typically featured intricate illustrations of religious motif. One of the oldest books in the collection traces back to 1488 and concerns Catholic spiritual life. Books such as these were often exchanged as gifts, as they were convenient and could easily fit in ones pocket.


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Up! Horse! An Original Fairy Tale by Clara de Chatelaine, 1850 | Image Courtesy of The University of Iowa


The production of tiny books eventually took a new course, however, when printing companies, noticeably Toppan Printing of Japan, began to publish tiny books with one thing in mind: Guinness World Records.


According to The University of Iowa librarian Colleen Theisen, books such as The First Chapter of Genesis were published in the hopes of making their way onto the list of Guinness World Records. 


Toppan Printing Co. sold The First Chapter of Genesis as part of a two-book set at the World’s Fair in New york in 1965. According to The Atlantic, at the time, the 4 millimeter book was marketed as the world’s smallest book.



Victoria, the Good Queen and Empress by Eleanor Bulley, 1901 | Image Via The University of Iowa



While volumes ranging on the lower end of tiny books may be a wee bit hard to read, they still hold something special for readers.


“People have loved miniature books for a long, long time,” Theisen told The Atlantic. “They’re cute; they’re adorable; there’s just something enchanting about something so small.”


I for one certainly agree. These miniature books are downright adorable.



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