Books – a great, free source of entertainment

I came across a nice little info graphic on the web that illustrates some of the advantages of reading books.

And all of these are true, or at least they “might be” true. There is one that I can’t relate to personally. (See below). I can never seem to get out of a bookstore without dropping twenty or thirty bucks! Ha.

Indies First Day – November 25th, 2017

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Find yourself in an independent bookstore near you on November 25th to support Small Business Saturday. Indie bookstores are like people, each one unique and fascinating. Also, you can learn something new from each one you visit. These amazing places are some of the only businesses where you might walk in and find the owner right there behind the counter, or arranging books on display.

Visit a bookstore on November 25th to help support the work they do and the service they provide for your community. Each visitor counts. You will definitely come out with more great books to read, and you might even find Italic Bookmarks in a few of these wonderful places.

IndieBound has provided a map on their website of many of the bookstores that will be participating. You can use this to help find a place to visit.

Indies First – Nov 25th

If you don’t see your favorite store on the list, chances are that they will still be participating in the event in one way or another. Stop by and check it out.

The Coolest Bookstores in the World

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A recent post on featured the coolest bookstores in each of the 50 United States. After looking at those lists I wanted to start making travel plans to several of those unique places around the country. Then I discovered this article on a website called The Mind Circle that extends the list beyond U.S. borders to offer a glimpse at some of the coolest bookstores around the world. I quickly realized that I will need to greatly expand my fantastic, and impractical tour to include these international destinations.

The Mind Circle: The Coolest Bookstores in the World!!!

Can these even be real? The internet would suggest that they are…

Has anyone ever been lucky enough to visit one of these stores?

The Best Bookstore in Every State

The Best Bookstore in Every State (and D.C.)

We are excited to soon make Italic Bookmarks available through¬†select independent bookstores around the country. Each bookstore you visit tends to have it’s own unique features and personality. Some are elegant and clean, while others are cluttered by beautiful stacks of books everywhere you turn. You will always find an inviting and comfortable atmosphere. ¬†Some stores may feature only a small, but carefully curated selection of titles, but most have more reading material than you could ever hope to get through in a lifetime. You will typically encounter several other book-lovers searching the shelves for their next treasure. Behind every independent bookstore are dedicated owners and knowledgeable employees, passionate about providing great books to their community.

I discovered an article that features the Best Bookstore in Every State that are all examples of why we love independent bookstores. While any list is subjective, this one is interesting because it is based on recommendations and reviews on Yelp, posted by thousands of visitors, rather than just the preferences of a few people.

Real Simple: The Best Bookstore in Every State

And in case you like a second opinion:

PureWow: The Best Bookstores in America

You can use these lists to find gems in your state, or when you travel to find the must-see locations near your destination. You will be sure to find a unique space, and there is a good chance that you will discover your next “all-time favorite” book.

Which of these stores have you visited? Are there any notable locations that didn’t make the list?