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Shops to Support on Indie Bookstore Day

Supporting amazing and unique small businesses is more popular than ever. According to the Public Affairs Pulse Survey, Americans are more likely to patronize local businesses than large corporations and associate this shopping with more positive feelings. It’s easy to see why: For every dollar spent at a small business, studies show that 67 cents come back to the community, meaning customers can directly see the results of this investment where they live. In honor of Independent Bookstore Day on April 30, we’ve rounded up some of the best bookstores to visit in-person or online in the 10 largest U.S. cities.


New York City


Strand Books

Books Are Magic

McNally Jackson

Word Up

Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop


Los Angeles


Skylight Books

The Last Bookstore

Book Soup

Lost Books





City Lit

Exile in Bookville

Unabridged Bookstore

Pilsen Community Books

Madison Street Books




Brazos Bookstore

Becker’s Books

Kaboom Books



Changing Hands

Palabras Bilingual Bookstore




Giovanni’s Room

Molly’s Books and Records

Neighborhood Books

A Novel Idea


San Antonio 


The Twig Book Shop

Nowhere Book Shop

Cheever Books

Nine Lives Books


San Diego


The Book Catapult

La Playa Books





Deep Vellum

Interabang Books

The Wild Detectives

Poets Bookshop


San Jose


Recycle Bookstore

Hicklebee’s Children’s Books


Looking for another way to contribute to independent bookstores’ success no matter where you are? Bookshop lets you support a business of your choice with every purchase. If you’re more into listening to your reads, offers the audiobook equivalent.