When I travel, I’m always on the lookout for independent bookstores, especially those that feature works by local authors. But as writers will tell you, while it’s very important to have their books sold by those “bricks-and-mortar” vendors of literature, convincing them to give your tome space on a bookshelf can be a hard-sell.
Here’s the uphill battle that Maria Semple waged while pitching her book, Where’d You Go, Bernadette in my old hometown, Seattle:
- The Elliott Bay Book Company (Capitol Hill Business District, near downtown)
- University Book Store (University District, near the University of Washington campus)
- Ravenna Third Place (Northeast Seattle)
Alas, although the American Booksellers Association free IndieBound Reader app that lets you read Google e- book is available for both Android and iOS devices, its separate IndieBound bookstore-finding app is no longer available through the iTunes App Store.
To find a independent bookstore when you’re “on the road,” use the “Indie Store Finder” tool on use the American Booksellers Association Website. If you have an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad get the free “Reader” app (formerly called “Local Books”) by LibraryThing.com. located bookstores, libraries, book fairs and festivals, and other literary events.
And if you want to buy books in the San Francisco Bay Area, check out Book Passage in the San Francisco Ferry Building, or head north across the Golden Gate Bridge the Corte Madera location of the “Bay Area’s Liveliest Bookstore.”
(Dick Jordan is a contributor to the Book Passage blog which ran a story about Maria Semple in August. Read his book reviews on Tales Told From The Road, and if an independent bookstore isn’t nearby, shop for books in his Amazon.com-affiliate online store. Purchases made from the Apple iTunes store and Amazon.com help Tales Told From The Road continue to bring you a wide variety of travel-related stories.)