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I think this video speaks for itself! Thanks to the awesome Regulator Bookshop in Durham, North Carolina for making this video. And think before you buy, chum!

Even More KC Indies!

This time I've got a little help from Geoffrey at Rainy Day Books, an area institution, family-owned since 1975. Here are some KC indies Geoffrey recommends:

"Crick Camera Shop, family-owned since 1946. A real full-service camera and accessories store with an in-house lab, digital workstations, evening photo classes and more.

Churchill. Now a destination boutique for customers around the country, Churchill's collection of fashion, accessories, jewelry and more simply has to be seen to be appreciated.

Avenues Bistro. Excellent food and service, with an ideal ambience. If you're lucky, you might just catch a visiting author dining before an event in Kansas City.

Curious Sofa. Surely the coolest name for this hip furniture store with a laid back staff and the perfect place to sit. Recline-in or carry out?

Baby Cakes. This downtown handmade chocolate and cupcake sensation came to life when Steve Almond visited for his book CandyFreak. The founder was so inspired she turned his author event into the debut for her chocolate line, Frou Frou Chocolates. WIthin a year she'd added made from scratch cupcakes, using locally-produced Shatto butter and milk.

And of course, Shatto Milk. Kansas City's secret for the best in local dairy. "

Thanks to Geoffrey and guides for the independent suggestions. Find more Kansas City indies in kansas city, and find the book at an indie bookstore near you.

IndieBound Book Lists on your iPhone

We're excited to announce that IndieBound for iPhone 1.5 is now available in the App Store. Here's what's new:

My Book Lists
IndieBound for iPhone is now fully integrated with your Book Lists on Take your lists with you into your favorite bookstore for easy shopping. Discover new books for your wish list on the Indie Next List or Indie Bestsellers, or add anything you have in mind using our comprehensive Book Search. You can even create new lists, remove books, and rearrange your book lists, all from within the IndieBound app. Changes to the lists are synced back to so you can share them with family and friends, or create a widget for your blog or website. Not yet a member of the Community? You can register (quickly and easily) directly through the app.

Favorite Store
Like to shop online? Now it's even easier. IndieBound for iPhone can now remember your favorite independent bookstore for repeat online shopping...even if you're far away. Perfect for those last-minute presents.

Click here to download from iTunes. Already have the IndieBound app on your iPhone? Visit the App Store and check the "Updates" tab to get the new version.

Huzzah to Indies

From Paige: IndieBound is just about a year old now—hard for me to believe, but true! To commemorate, we've drawn a winner for our points contest: Julie Hahnke of Marblehead, Masschusetts. Julie is the author of The Grey Ghost, a Summer Kids' Indie Next List pick. We've given her a gift certificate to her local indie bookstore, Spirit of '76 in Marblehead. She sent us a short piece on what indies mean to her—and what she's doing with the gift card!

Huzzah! to Indies all across the country! It’s your energy and excitement that has fueled The Grey Ghost’s success. I’m grateful for your enthusiasm, and my question is, what can I do for you?

In a scary economy where financial stability is as fragile as a spider’s web, it’s tempting to let the lowest price drive our purchase decisions. And yet, price isn’t everything. In many ways, it’s the least thing.

When bookstores support authors, when communities support their independent businesses, and when authors support communities, we create a web of mutual benefit for everyone that’s adamantine hard. It’s all about dreaming and our desire to realize our dreams. Our dreams are all different, but if we support others as they strive to realize theirs, we’ll find a community of mutual respect and gratitude circling around us, helping us realize our own.

That’s what IndieBound is about—building and sustaining communities one dream and one transaction at a time!

I thought it would be appropriate to use my IndieBound gift card to help support another community—one that’s far off geographically, but very close to my heart.

My dear friend and illustrator, Marcia Christensen, is the Queen Mother to an African village in Ghana. Marcia and her husband, Jim, have been supporting this community for years, building a church, creating a school, establishing scholarships, and developing a library at a nearby secondary school for girls.

With my IndieBound gift card, I’m purchasing children’s and teen books for the secondary school library in Mawuko, Ghana. I’ve chosen some of my favorites, picking titles that represent broad cultural diversity for a range of ages. Here’s what I’m sending them:

The Grey Ghost by me (I donated this)
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
If Not for the Cat by Jack Prelutsky
Under the Persimmon Tree by Suzanne Fisher Staples
Aleutian Sparrow by Karen Hesse
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

IndieBound is the Best iPhone App

Well, I think so, anyway. But it is one of the best!

The IndieBound iPhone app has been selected for inclusion in O'Reilly Media's Best iPhone Apps: A Guide for Discriminating Downloaders. O'Reilly's guide details over 200 of the best apps available, and the IndieBound app even made it on the cover.

Coincidentally, updates are soon to come for the IndieBound app, including multiple book lists per user, which are synced back to, and the option to remember a favorite store for repeat online shopping. We'll let you know when the updated app is live in the iTunes store.

Be sure to check out the Best iPhone Apps book—we're so proud. Thanks, O'Reilly!

More Kansas City Indies

Here's more from Kansas City. This time we got recommendations from Becci of the great I Love a Mystery Bookstore. Becci says:

"You can't come to KC and not have BBQ. Here are two world class BBQ joints: Oklahoma Joe's Barbeque—crazy name for a KC restuarant and even crazier location in a converted gas station/auto parts store.  You can still fill your car with gas and have one of the best BBQ dinners in the country. Next up is Johnny's BBQ across the stateline in Mission, KS.  Johnny has a great rub and wonderful smoked meats.

The Brookside area is a friendly neighborhood with quaint shops and sidewalk restuarants.  The Blue Grotto has sidewalk seating, excellent wine and wood-fired pizza."

When in Brookside, check out Brookside Toy & Science, where two of the best things in life abound: science and toys!

And of course take a trip to I Love a Mystery to visit their skeletons, gargoyles and pick up some interesting new mysteries or Sherlockiana. And while you're over the stateline, visit Vinyl Renaissance to lose yourself in vintage vinyl.

Thanks to Becci and guides for the independent suggestions. Find more Kansas City indies in kansas city. Find it at an indie bookstore near you.

Indie City - Kansas City

Something new at each month we'll feature a city that's full of independents, and in weekly entries highlight some of our favorites. You can find all these indies and others in featured cities at our Indie Store Finder.

First up: Kansas City, Missouri!

Thanks to guides for the independent suggestions. See more of the indies they love at, and pick up kansas city at an indie bookstore near you.

New Book Lists, Onscreen

Here's a video walkthrough on everything our updated Book Lists have to offer.

Create as many lists as you want, make notes, export to any website and much more, as you can see below:

There's more information here, and to get started just login and find My Book Lists in the blue navigation bar above.

Check out the newest lists from our community members here!

Independents Week

It's right around the corner—Independents Week! Time to celebrate all the great locally-owned independent businesses in your city.

A few goings-on we've heard about so far:

Octavia Books in New Orleans, Louisiana, along with NOLA independent business alliance Stay Local, are celebrating all week. They're kicking things off with a showing of Independent America: Rising from the Ruins, a documentary about how vital independents have been in rebuilding New Orleans. Check for more on the week's events.

Next Page Bookstore and the Summit Independent Business Alliance in Frisco, Colorado are planning a countywide celebration with over 100 indie businesses.

Quail Ridge Books of Raleigh, North Carolina, along with Shop Local Raleigh are planning huge events for Independents Week, and spreading the word online. Check out Shop Local Raleigh on Facebook and Twitter.

Any Independents Week celebrations going on where you live? Let us know!

IndieBound Updates

Check out the most recent updates to!

  • IndieBound Book Lists
    Now you can have as many Book Lists as you want, with lots of sharing tools and fun features.
  • New Book List Builder
    Fast editing, arranging, rearranging of all your Book Lists.
  • Annotate Book List Books
    Add a note to every book on your list.
  • Share Your Lists
    Print, mail or export your list easily.

  • IndieBound Book Widgets
    A fun, visual way to display any of your Book Lists or any list of indie-recommended titles we provide.

Read Matt's blog entry for full details on all the new updates, plus a hint at what's coming next!