By Sean Frankel
A national celebration for readers everywhere to go out and have a party. Independent bookstores almost went away at a point –with bookstores closing left and right across the country up until 2009. After that, a facade ideology that indie bookstores are going extinct swept the country. But according to the statistics indie book stores have been opening up in the masses since. In 2009 there were only 1,651 indie book store locations operated by 1,401 companies. As of 2018, there are now 2,470 indie book store locations being operated by 1,835 companies. That is some huge growth! So to celebrate the fact that indie bookstores are still around –we celebrate!
So why are indie bookstores important?
Independent bookstores are becoming the center of their local communities more and more. By getting involved in every which way possible,e.g, hosting events, supporting schools, volunteering in community events, and much more. Indie bookstores are a home away from home for the avid reader. A place of inspiration that anyone can get lost in for hours. Not to mention, independent bookstores are the gateway(s) to the reading community. The staffs are always way more knowledgeable, passionate, and personable about everything book related. It is just a different experience than anything else in the world because they are growing and expanding for you!
How do I participate in Independent Bookstore Day?
Well it is quite easy. All you have to do is find all of your local independent bookstores and head out to them. Some cities and stores organize bookstore crawls that you can show up and be a part of. It may require some travel to go from one city to the next for book crawls, but you will definitely get to meet some people. A lot of stores are going to be hosting author signings, book launch parties, holding big sales, and potentially doing giveaways. This will definitely be a fun way to connect and make some new friends!
What can I do to support my local indie bookstore YEAR ROUND?
Share them with your friends, show up to some author signings, and spread your love for your local indie bookstore all over social media. By getting the word spread about your local indie bookstore you are helping them grow, and helping them grow your local community. I am sure everyone has suggestions too for their local indie bookstore, so help them out by sending them notes and sharing your thoughts with them. I am sure they would love to hear how they could better service YOU!
Bookstores are going to continue to thrive because they do for the reader what Amazon and other big box retailers can not do. That is being there to personalize your experience and help you out on your reading adventures. So make sure to go out make some new book worm friends and get involved in an amazing community of book addicts that will blow your mind.