Posts tagged with "indie" - Faerye Net 2009-05-01T10:20:54+00:00 Felicity Shoulders Buy Indie Day 2009-05-01T10:20:54+00:00 2009-05-01T10:22:22+00:00 <p>So I <a href="" target="links">hear</a> that today is <a href="" target="links">Buy Indie Day</a>, a day you celebrate by buying a book at your local independent bookstore. You know this is more relevant to my interests than <a href="" target="links">Beltane</a>, so I thought I&#8217;d talk it up here.</p> <p>There are as many reasons to shop at indie bookstores as there are stores. One of the important ones, though, even if you aren&#8217;t kneejerk anti-corporate like the average Portlander (seriously, I once met a raving anti-corporate hipster <em>getting trained to work for Starbucks</em> here), is that books are one of the most crucial forms of &#8216;speech&#8217;. An independent bookstore can provide a more diverse perspective than a big store may be interested in doing; many of them sell used books, making sure ideas are cheap and stay in circulation. Whether they have a specific focus &#8212; mystery books, feminism, local authors, poetry, et c. &#8212; or not, each store provides its own set of books and possibilities, not one mandated from further up or dictated purely by market forces.</p> <p>To be honest, I have a hard time even formulating cogent arguments for why you should go to your local independent bookseller. It feels like arguing that you should try drinking water, or breathing air. I grew up piling in the car every other weekend for a family junket to <a href="" target="links">Powell&#8217;s</a> downtown. We didn&#8217;t usually have a specific book on our minds, or a particular birthday to buy for. We just liked going there, walking our little instinctive circuit &#8212; in my case and my dad&#8217;s, an in-depth look at the Paleontology/Dinosaurs shelves, then a quick search of Photography, followed by a cruise of sci-fi &#8212; seeing what we could see.</p> <p>That&#8217;s one of the beauties of the indie bookstore, I think. You never know what you&#8217;re going to find. You venture into a little storefront in a strange town because that bookstore could hold anything from a treasure trove of old pulp paperbacks to an extensive collection of Civil War history and memoir, from a labyrinth of bursting shelves to a fabulous place to drink coffee and read. You could find bargains or forgotten childhood joys, or just a way to soak away an hour in the shelves and booksmells of a new place. Even a bookstore you know surprises you every time.</p> <p>So hit the <a href="" target="links">IndieBound Store Finder</a> and buy a book near you today. Who knows what you&#8217;ll find?</p>