Indie Bookseller Benefits for Authors
New and even self-published authors often get their start at supportive local independent booksellers. For example, Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi hosted an unknown John Grisham's first book signing event.
Independent Bookstores Boost the Local Economy
More specifically, according to a recent newsletter from Roxanne Coady of R. J. Julia, an independent bookstore in Madison, CT, "For every $100 you spend in a locally owned store, $73 stays in the local economy, whereas $100 spent in national chains returns $43 to the local economy. Unsurprisingly $100 spent online to an out-of-state retailer returns zero dollars to our communities."
Local businesses create higher-paying jobs for the local community and it means that tax monies are reinvested within communities.
Shopping at an Indie Booksellers is Kinder On the Environment
Shopping locally instead of online means less packaging and less waste. And where there is no shipping to the consumer, there is also less trucking or other transportation, further reducing the carbon footprint of the transaction. And though chain stores are local, they often warehouse centrally, which does mean a less direct transaction involving shipping.
Shopping at Independent Bookstores Creates A Closer Community
According to the American Booksellers Association, local businesses donate to charities at more than twice the rate of national chains. From sponsoring literacy programs to boosting local team sports, it's likely the non-profits that benefit from your indie booksellers dollars, are centered in your own community, so the money stays there.
Bricks and mortar booksellers like indie also help connect authors with readers in person and vice versa — something that online retailers can't do.
The Milton Literary Festival is pleased to announce, independent book store, Bookmiser as the book seller of record for the third consecutive year. We appreciate all of the support this establishment provides to our event and to the literary community as a whole.
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