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2013 Flavorwire Great American Indie Bookstores

45 Great American Indie Bookstores to

Support This Holiday Season

By Jason Diamond on Nov 8, 2013 1:38pm

No matter how bleak the news about publishing gets, independently owned bookstores are surviving, and in some cases thriving, in an Amazon-ruled, post-bookstore chain environment that shouldn’t necessarily be hospitable to shops that handsell books to locals. Enough has been written about why you should support your local indie that you shouldn’t need us to tell you about that. So as we approach the season when you’ll be spending money on gifts, as well as looking for engrossing reads to get you through the cold winter, we’re instead supplying you with a list of 45 great American indie bookstores (in no particular order) that sell new or used novels, art books, zines, coffee, that biography you really need to read, and/or delicious vegan treats — all of which are as important to their community as any business you can think of, and deserve your support.


Subterranean Books, St. Louis, MO

For 13 years now, Subterranean has been book central in St. Louis, selling everything from big-name titles to indie-press books you won’t find anywhere else in the city. They have a small staff, but boy do they have good taste. 


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