IBD Logo VerticalShopping small and  buying local are very familiar concepts  to us here at Union Park Press. We can relate to small businesses—and the challenges and opportunities they face—because we’re a small business too. While it’s very true that we need booksellers of all kinds to succeed in this crazy world of modern publishing, it’s the relationships we’ve built with independent bookstores across New England that matter to us most.

That’s why we love to focus on those friends and colleagues in the days leading up to Independent Bookstore Day on May 2nd and then throughout the month of May. Local bookstores host impromptu book clubs, discussion circles, and expertise on local authors. You never know what you will discover when talking to a local bookstore owner.

After a brutal winter, spring is nudging us outside. Leave the comforter and remote behind, grab a picnic blanket and your favorite new book, and head into the sunshine to thaw out. Reading on a park bench or up against a tree is something book lovers of all ages enjoy. Books spark conversation; get outside and find a kindred spirit! GG replacement photos 09022009 010

And if you need a bit more convincing, we like to re-visit these facts around this time every year (via Indiebound).

  • Spend $100 at a local store and $68 of that stays in your community.
  • Buying local means less packaging, less transportation, and a smaller carbon footprint.
  • More independent stores mean more choice, more diversity, and a truly unique community.

Some of our favorite local independent bookstores include Papercuts in JP, Porter Square Books and Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, Brookline Booksmith, Trident Booksellers and Cafe in Boston, Wellesley Books in Wellesley, and New England Mobile Book Fair in Newton Highlands. Independent bookstores across the country will be celebrating on May 2nd; spread the word!

For more information on local bookstores in the area, check out the New England Independent Booksellers Association’s site. Let us know what your favorite local bookstore is and why (and be sure to let them know as well!)