Meanwhile, loyal customers can still help out their local friendly independent bookstore. Most stores are offering some type of online ordering through their website. If they can’t ship physical books, they can probably provide gift certificates. Such orders are essential to keeping bookstores afloat during very tough times. Besides it is a great time to get your favorite read or gift a friend with something special.
CNN recently reported that Powell’s Books in Portland was able to rehire 100 laid-off workers to due to a surge in online orders. Smaller stores also appreciate the help–check out Seattle’s Secret Garden and their picks through the Ballard Marketplace, a group of Market Street neighborhood merchants in Seattle that banded together to promote each other’s new online offerings.
Wherever your favorite bookstore is, be sure to visit their website or social media to find out how you can celebrate independent bookstores all April long.