We are grateful to be based in a region that loves literature and supports a thriving literary ecosystem. Local independent bookstores are an integral part of this community. As many have been forced to temporarily close brick and mortar stores and move their operations online, we want to remind you how important it is to shop local right now. Buying a book or gift card during this unprecedented global crisis is a way to contribute to the longevity of our bookstore community.
If you are looking for a new book to read in the coming weeks, we encourage you to check with your favorite local bookstore to see if they are still open for business. If you live in the greater Seattle area, we have compiled the latest information on how to order from many of the local bookstores in our region. The below stores all have online, email, or phone ordering available.
- Ada’s Technical Books
- Arundel Books: Phone service is also available every day from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. They offer free shipping within the United States on orders over $20.
- Book Larder: They offer free shipping in the United States.
- BookTree: Curbside pickup available.
- Brick and Mortar Books: They are also selling audiobooks with their partner libro.fm.
- Eagle Harbor Book Company
- Edmonds Bookshop
- Elliott Bay Book Company
- Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery
- Globe Bookstore: Phone orders only.
- Horizon Books: They offer “Self Quarantine Reading Kits.”
- Island Books: They offer free shipping. They also deliver to Mercer Island homes.
- Madison Books
- Magnolia’s Bookstore: They offer “take out” and free delivery.
- Magus Books: They are taking call-in and web delivery orders.
- The Neverending Bookshop: Email orders only.
- Open Books: A Poem Emporium
- Ophelia’s Books: Phone or email orders for delivery.
- Page 2 Books: They offer a combination of Facebook and email ordering.
- Paper Boat Booksellers
- Peter Miller Books
- Phinney Books
- Queen Anne Book Company
- Secret Garden Books
- Third Place Books: They offer free shipping on orders over $25. They are also selling audiobooks with their partner libro.fm
- Twice Sold Tales
- University Book Store: They offer free shipping.
- Uppercase Bookshop
Here are a few other ways to connect with and support local independent bookstores:
- IndieBound: Online platform IndieBound is a longtime supporter of independent bookstores. Users can type in their address or zip code to final local stores in their area.
- Bookshop: Many of your favorite indie bookstores are working with the new online platform Bookshop, which bills itself as an “online bookstore with a mission to financially support independent bookstores and give back to the book community.” Bookstores that work with Bookshop earn 25% commission on sales and enjoy the accessibility of online bookselling.
Finally, keep in mind that though bookstores cannot currently host guests in-person for book launch events, panels, and readings, many are finding innovative ways to allow these gatherings to continue online. We are partnering with many of the independent bookstores in the greater Seattle area to facilitate these types of gatherings. As logistics are finalized, we will feature the event details and instructions to join on our events calendar. Additionally, we recommend you check the websites of your favorite indie bookstores or subscribe to their e-newsletters, in order to stay informed about upcoming virtual events.
We hope this list will help you remain connected to your local literary community. Happy reading from all of us at University of Washington Press.