We’re in love with IndieBound, a new website that promotes local, independent bookstores across the US. The site offers excellent reasons to shop and think locally:
*Spend $100 at a local and $68 of that stays in your community. Spend the same $100 at a national chain, and your community only sees $43.
*Local businesses create higher-paying jobs for our neighbors.
*More of your taxes are reinvested in your community–where they belong.
*Buying local means less packaging, less transportation, and a smaller carbon footprint.
*Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money to beautify your community.
*Local retailers are your friends and neighbors—support them and they’ll support you.
*Local businesses donate to charities at more than twice the rate of national chains.
*More independents means more choice, more diversity, and a truly unique community
A favorite feature of the site is the indie store finder. Type in your zip code and presto, you get a consolidated list of local booksellers in your area. Try it here.