Support Indie Bookstores

I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t buy paper books any more. I love paper books. I used to have hundreds of them. Then i moved. Then I moved again, and again. Books are freaking heavy. I’d end up with a box that was half books and half bathroom stuff just so the box isn’t 9,000 pounds.

I’ve had times in my life where I travel a lot, lugging books around sucks. My Kobo has my entire library on it.

Anyway, there are other ways to support indie Bookstores. My local store, Bookbar created a VIP program. I signed up immediately (I’m member #7). Back when the world wasn’t on fire, I’d go down to write and sip something (Coffee, beer, wine in no particular order). I’d go to meet friends, and I’ve done a local author happy hour. I hope to do a reading someday too.

They’re Important members of the community.

Bookbar hosts all sorts of events and groups. They have an AirBNB (NOT an endorsement of the company) for visiting authors or just anyone who wants to sleep above a bookstore.

Maybe paper books aren’t your jam, there are so many other ways to support these vital members of our community.

  • Buy books as gifts
  • If they’re a coffeeshop, drink coffee. If they’re a bar, eat and drink.
  • If they have a VIP program, join, even if you never do anything with it.
  • Get creative, your book store won’t object.
By John Wilker

I'm a science fiction writer and conference organizer. In 2017 I published my first book, 'Space Rogues', a fun Sci-Fi adventure with a fun cast of characters. I'm also the co-founder of 360|Conferences, a conference and event logistics consulting company.

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