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September 2008

IndieBound community launches!

Just checked out the newly launched IndieBound community and I think it’s got the potential to be really awesome. For those who don’t know, IndieBound, formerly known as BookSense, is an organization devoted to supporting and nurturing independent bookstores as well as the spirit of independent stores in general. “The mission of the IndieBound.org community is to help people across the United States share and find independently-owned businesses,” as the website says.

If you join the community, you can create a profile, become a fan of your favorite indie stores, and connect to other indie shoppers (like me! my user name is ericabrooke if anyone would like to be my friend.) If you’re traveling, it’s super easy to find the nearest independent bookstore, or you can check out the recommendations on the IndieNext list. You can also submit store reviews and stories of your independent bookstore experiences. All in all, it’s a great site with tons of stuff, so go check it out and support your local bookstore.

November 2008

all I want for christmas (or hanukkah. or winter solstice.)

One of my old roommates had a great system set up with his parents for birthday and Christmas presents. He would provide them with a wish list of items ranging in price, noting where they could purchase each thing. Each year, they would get him EXACTLY what was on his list. To someone who grew up getting slightly different variations on her requests every year, it was a miracle. Even if I asked for specific books, I still wouldn’t get them. But maybe if IndieBound‘s new wish list feature had been around, I would have. It works just like an amazon wish list, except there are helpful links on the side to your favorite indie bookstores, and you can send your wish list to parents, spouses, or friends with the click of a button. And aside from a weird glitch where I couldn’t add Stewart O’Nan’s Last Night at the Lobster to my list no matter how hard I tried (I’m a sucker for literature featuring Red Lobster), it works perfectly. You’ve got to sign up for the site, but it’s totally free and you should do it anyway to support independent bookstores. Go to it!

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