Shopping Small 2: bookstores

If you want to get your friends or colleagues the gift of books, you might try shopping at one of the small, independent bookstores. I talked about shopping for books for Christmas here.

I’d now like to suggest small independent shops. They offer you the chance to browse, read a few pages to see if a book is a good match to your gift recipient, or talk with someone in person about new books that have just come in. Independent stores are popping up all over. Ann Pratchett began one in Nashville (Parnassus), and has a wonderful explanation about how she started her bookstore here. Daedalus Books now only has their location in Columbia, MD, but they still have a fascinating array of books that are overstocks, as well as music CDs (also available online). The Moravian Book Shop in Bethlehem, PA, offers books, gifts, Christmas gew gaws, and more (this shop isn’t new though — it has been a bookstore since 1745). If you’re at the shore, try Browse About Books in Lewes, Delaware. If you’re in California, check out SoCal’s Independent BookSellers Holiday Catalog, or find an independent retailer near you. Santa Barbara’s Chaucer’s Bookstore looks really tempting. (I just looked up vacations in Santa Barbara’s wine country, which also looks really tempting.)

If you’re near eastern Pennsylvania, try Baldwin’s Book Barn for an amazing time browsing among antique and second-hand books. I bet there’s an independent store near you that I’ve never heard of. If you have a favorite, drop a line in the comments.



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