Friday, May 1, 2009

May 1: International Buy Indie Day


Today is International Buy Indie Day. Book lovers around the world are encouraged to stop by their nearest independent bookstore and support their local economy by making a purchase. Can't make it to an indie near you? You can easily make your purchase online from an independent book store anywhere in the country. Check out Indiebound for stores that offer online ordering.

I had planned a trip to my local independent, Trappe Book Center, today but unfortunately found myself a bit under the weather. I'll be making that trip either over the weekend or early next week. Trappe Book Center opened as Little Professor Books when I was seven years old, and it has been my favorite book store ever since. Not only do they have a great store, they have a friendly and knowledgeable staff who are always ready to help with whatever you need.

In December, I had the pleasure of highlighting Aaron's Books in Lititz, PA for the Buy Books for the Holidays campaign. I've been to Aaron's several times on trips through Lancaster. To celebrate Buy Indie Day, I made two purchases from Aaron's Books:

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Did you participate in Buy Indie Day? If so, what store did you visit and what did you buy?


  1. I went to The Open book and they didn't even know about Buy Indie Day. I bought The Book Thief, Speak, Strawberry Fields and Bless Your Heart, Tramp.

  2. Great choices, Kathy! I have The Book Thief and Speak as well. I can't wait to hear what you think of them.

  3. Oh goody another excuse to buy books! thanks for the tip :)

  4. Uh, yeah. Too bad today's a holiday in Germany. No book store browsing for me. But does tomorrow count?! I'll try to buy something before I meet my friends for sushi.

  5. Janflora: You're welcome. Buying books is always a good idea.

    Lenore: I'd completely forgotten that May Day is a holiday in most of Europe. I wonder why the US doesn't observe it officially?

  6. There aren't any Indies close to me - I should maybe hunt out some online ones in Canada.

    I have an award for you here.

  7. Belle, I'm very fortunate to have an indie only twenty minutes away. I don't know if Indiebound lists Canadian bookstores or not, but allows you to search by city or specialty.

  8. I liked the push to celebrate Indies on May 1. I don't shun Borders and BN, but it's nice to make a special point to shop at the indies that support our towns!

    I didn't know there was a book search for Canada - thanks for letting us know!

  9. Dawn, Buy Indie Day was a lot of fun. It will be interesting to see how it does next year. As Kathy mentioned in the first comment, many indies weren't even aware of the event. I think if it's promoted more heavily in stores that it will be an even bigger event next year.