Will You Make a New Year’s Resolution to Support Independent Bookstores?

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By Maryann Yin Comment

bustleHave you been trying to nail down your new year’s resolutions for 2014? Bustle writer Emma Cueto has a suggestion: “Buy your books from independent bookstores whenever possible.”

Cueto calls indies “community landmarks” and points out that “they do things like host author events, sometimes with local writers, sometimes with national names. They’re more likely to contribute to local non-profits or other forces for good in your area. They also sometimes have pets.”

Back in November, National Book Award winner Sherman Alexie launched an initiative where authors to served as guest sellers at independent bookstores on Small Business Saturday. More than one thousand authors signed up to participate.  BookRiot reports that the “Indies First” campaign caused a “flurry of activity on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram” and judged the day to be a success. Will you be make a resolution to support indies?

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