I know there aren’t many but maybe we can use this topic to give a shoutout to them indie places?
I made this list before for my Tumblr last December. I’ll pick my top five for this post:
- Kidsbooks– Obviously. I mean, if you’re in Vancouver and find yourself in Kits, you basically have to go to Kidsbooks. There is no resisting it. Later, you can head over to Neverland Tea Salon to read your purchases as you sip one of their fabulous teas.
- Pulpfiction– A neat little second-hand-but-almost-new kind of place. Not much cheaper than Kidsbooks, if I’m honest, but it is in close enough proximity to see what each location has to offer. Also, I think the lady who works in the W. Broadway branch likes Welcome to Night Vale, so go say hello.
- Lucky’s– Cutest comics/graphic novels/picturebook store. On Main Street, at least.
- Dead Write Books– Specializes in crime and mystery novels. I think it has a sister store that deals in fantasy and science fiction. White Dwarf, I believe.
- Hager Books– A small bookstore with a pretty wide selection. If you shop there, we’ve probably bumped into each other.
- Village Books & Coffee House in Steveston (formerly Gerry’s Books). (Actually, I haven’t gone since they moved… time to remedy that.)
- Kidsbooks – I got used to Kidsbooks in Vancouver! I loved it’s atmosphere, staff and the many events that brought people interested in Children’s Literature together!
- Powells – This on is in Seattle, and I’ve only been here twice but I have been captured by the aesthetic and the incredible variety of books and covers (they, seriously, have everything!). Love it.
- BMV – is a Toronto bookstore chain and it is my go to bookstore when I’m in T.O. It’s full of great reads and great prices, the staff are friendly and the patrons are also knowledgeable, meaning conversations and debates are struck up in the literature aisles. It’s great and worth a visit if you have never been.
- Kaleidascope Kids Books here in Ottawa is a place I have yet to check out, but is sure to become one of my new faves. It seems like they are going for a Kidsbooks vibe which I admire. Ottawa is much smaller than Vancouver, but this little place is still thriving!
- Second Hand Stores – I’m talking Salvation Army, Value Village, Goodwill and your average second hand store. These places are goldmines for good, cheap reads. I always stop in to check out the bookshelves.
This is where I have a confession. I don’t go to many actual bookstores because I rarely have money to spend on books and what books I get, I buy online. This will change once I have a job and am able to afford hobbies but until then, here are a list of places I get books from:
- Bookoutlet.com – Discounted books. They have an awesome collection and have made me stupendously happy many times.
- Book Depository – They don’t charge shipping. And they have some stuff available that is out of print at places like Indigo.
- Better World Books – Secondhand books and they promote literacy. For every book you buy from them, they give one book to children in needy countries. Plus, their books send you messages. For example:
(Your book(s) asked to write you a personal note – it seemed unusual, but who are we to say no?)
Holy canasta! It’s me… it’s me! I can’t believe it is actually me! You could have picked any of over 2 million books but you picked me! I’ve got to get packed! How is the weather where you live? Will I need a dust jacket? I can’t believe I’m leaving Mishawaka, Indiana already – the friendly people, the Hummer plant, the Linebacker Lounge – so many memories. I don’t have much time to say goodbye to everyone, but it’s time to see the world!
I can’t wait to meet you! You sound like such a well read person. Although, I have to say, it sure has taken you a while! I don’t mean to sound ungrateful, but how would you like to spend five months sandwiched between Jane Eyre (drama queen) and Fundamentals of Thermodynamics (pyromaniac)? At least Jane was an upgrade from that stupid book on brewing beer. How many times did the ol’ brewmaster have one too many and topple off our shelf at 2am?
I know the trip to meet you will be long and fraught with peril, but after the close calls I’ve had, I’m ready for anything (besides, some of my best friends are suspense novels). Just five months ago, I thought I was a goner. My owner was moving and couldn’t take me with her. I was sure I was landfill bait until I ended up in a Better World Books book drive bin. Thanks to your socially conscious book shopping, I’ve found a new home. Even better, your book buying dollars are helping kids read from Brazil to Botswana.
- Fish Pond – This Australian based site lets you buy books released only in Australia. Of course they charge you an arm and a leg, basically the same price Australians pay for their books, but sometimes it’s worth it.
- Thrift Stores – There is nothing like coming upon a book you’ve been pining for unexpectedly in a thrift store.