Indie Bookstore Spotlight

Bookstores like Barnes & Noble and Books-a-Million! are competing with the likes of Amazon for business, but where does that leave the small-town shops we know and love? We’ve rounded up a list of our favorite regional independent bookstores in celebration of all they have done for our local communities.

Liberty Books

Being laid off from work is most people’s nightmare; one software developer saw it as a priceless opportunity to pursue his dreams of opening a bookstore. Liberty Books is an independent bookstore founded in 1996 by Jack Mason and his family. Located in Lawrenceville, Georgia, the store sells new releases and best sellers at 10 to 40% off, and gently used books for up to 80% off. They also feature a book trade program where customers can trade in their used books for an additional discount on other used titles in the store. Liberty Books furthers their customer-oriented mission by taking their work into the community, partnering with groups like Operation Liberate, the International Justice Mission, and the Salvation Army. Find out more about this inspiring location at: http://www.mybfl.com/about.php.

Front facade of the Liberty Books store.

FoxTale Book Shoppe

FoxTale Book Shoppe is Woodstock, Georgia’s charming and eclectic hotspot for all things literature. With its wide range of new and used books in all genres, there is something for everyone here. In addition to their vast collection, FoxTale Book Shoppe also boasts an active role in promoting local literacy through hosting writing workshops, book clubs, and author appearances. To plan your visit to FoxTale Book Shoppe, visit their website at: https://www.foxtalebookshoppe.com.

Store window of the FoxTale Book Shoppe featuring their fox and books logo.

Read it Again

Read it Again is a family owned bookstore located in Suwanee, Georgia. With a wide selection of new and used books from all genres, Read it Again places special value on making all of their customers feel at home. For members with books to spare, the store offers trade credit for customers looking to trade in their used books for other gently used titles at an additional discount. The store also hosts multiple author events a month and contributes to educational programs and charities in their area. Discover what Read it Again is up to next on their website: https://www.read-it-again.com/about-us.

Read it Again bookstore front facade featuring their white sign and brick storefront with large front windows.

Corner Bookstore

Focusing on new, old, used, and rare titles, Corner Bookstore in Winder, Georgia prides itself on being a customer-centered business. Staff members are friendly and always willing to help track down an illusive topic for discerning visitors. The store itself resides in the historic Smith Hardware Company building, showing the family-owned business’s appreciation for history and its preservation. Find out about Corner Store’s upcoming events at: http://www.cornerbookstorewinder.com.

Red brick front facade of the Corner Bookstore which used to be the Smith Hardware Company building .

Once & Again Books

Once & Again Books is a relatively new literary establishment. Founded in 2002, it is located in Marietta, Georgia. The store mainly sells used books, which comprise about 70% of their inventory. However, they are expanding into new releases and cater to both children and adults with growing fiction and nonfiction selections. Once & Again Books also focuses on offering titles from the Required Reading lists provided by local schools and aims to supply those titles for children of all ages. To find out more about this independent bookstore and what it does for the community, visit their website at: https://onceagainbooks.com/?q=h.

Once & Again Bookstore logo with a circular red, white, green, and yellow design.

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