PBS News Hour covers this in “Anti-racist reading drove business to Black bookstores. Owners hope that’s not the end of the story.” Find the full article here.
Have you checked in on your local indie bookstore lately? Contribute to fundraisers, order books for delivery or curbside pick-up, or just send a supportive message to see how they’re doing while they’re closed to the public.
You can use the NewPages Guide to Literary Magazines to find stores in your area in the United States and Canada. The status of what services they’re providing is constantly changing, so it’s good to keep seeing what’s up if you’re able.
Indie bookstores give back to their communities in numerous ways: hosting events, providing safe spaces, offering places to gather with like-minded people, introducing readers to writers. With pandemic-caused closures and lock-downs across the country, bookstores and the authors they support could currently use some help from the community in return.
Visit our Guide to Independent Bookstores to see the stores in your area and check in on how they’re doing. Some have shortened hours or have limited the amount of people allowed in the store at one time, some have completely transitioned to online sales, some will package up a book and run it out to you at the curb.
If you’re able, pick up or order a book to keep you company while you’re holed up at home. And don’t forget to keep washing your hands!
Smorgasbords Don’t Have Bottoms. N+1 magazine. A long read touching on Borders, Amazon, the Kindle, indie bookstores, ebooks, audiobooks, Barnes & Noble, conglomerate publishing, Trump books, the end of fact-checking and editing, Goodreads, indie publishers, and more.
“… there is a giant constellation of books being produced by America’s independent publishers, carefully edited and intelligently marketed, that are worth reading. Though they face long odds and ghastly profit margins (n+1 barely breaks even on books we sell through Amazon), in a destabilized media environment, books published by independents often get the same degree of press as those with six-figure marketing budgets, their impact on the culture wildly disproportionate to their authors’ and publishers’ limited means.”