Book Info Pages Are Growing

Check out all of the new stuff on's book info pages!

Alternative Weekly Reviews
Book reviews from 131 independent, alternative newspapers across North America—all members of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies (AAN)—are now featured on's book info pages. The AAN covers every major metropolitan area and smaller cities and towns, plus its web presence on These newsweeklies focus on local news, culture, and arts, and their book reviews highlight local authors, events at indie bookstores, and books on community topics, in addition to new titles and great reads. See Love is a Four-Letter Word, with a review from Durham, North Carolina’s Independent Weekly.

Book Videos
Now on book info pages you can also find videos: book trailers, author interviews, skits and more. See All in a Day by Cynthia Rylant and Nikki McClure for an example, for a video interview with illustrator McClure.

Browse Sample Pages
Another treat from publishers on is the ability to browse inside books. Over 10,000 titles now feature links to browse sample pages directly under the book cover image. See Haruki Murakami’s After Dark for an example.

Lists Galore
Find out who else is wishing for books on Just under the Find Bookstores button, you’ll see a new feature: “This book is on these lists,” showing which users are wishing for which books. Explore your fellow readers’ lists, find books in common and pick up some new reading ideas. See The Magicians by Lev Grossman, a much-wished for book, for an example.

Ask Indies is live!

Ask Indies is a collaborative project by indie booksellers on Twitter, designed to use their expert knowledge to help you find books. Ask a question about books, and booksellers will respond with recommendations, ideas, and opinions.

Any Twitter user can publicly ask booksellers a question by coding a post with the hashtag #askindies.

Every book page on now has an Ask Indies button which links to a Twitter formhere's an example. The book's URL and the #askindies hashtag are automatically entered for you. You can tweet your question directly from the site.

Of course, you can also use the #askindies hashtag wherever you post to Twitter -- through, or a desktop or phone client.

Follow all the #AskIndies action here on IndieBound or follow the Ask Indies account on Twitter.

The Irresistible Force Meets the Immovable Object

ABA Member bookstore Green Apple Books in San Francisco, CA brings us an epic battle for the ages: the Book versus the Kindle. Watch these twin titans of text tangle in this ten-part tour de force.

These videos were originally posted on The Green Apple Core blog.

Indie City - Rhode Island

Our next Indie City is, well, several cities... We're exploring the not-to-be-missed indies in Rhode Island, starting with Middletown and Newport. Check out these recommendations from Judy, Jenny, Molly and Marilyn of Island Books in Middletown, RI.

Jenny says, "KJ's Restaurant & Pub is one of my favorite places to eat with my family, especially in the summer. A pub style restaurant with a view of the ocean in Middletown, RI. The burgers are great, the nachos are a must, the decor is fun (my kids LOVE the giant saltwater fish tank that divides the upstairs bar from the dining room), and the downstairs offers a bar and game room for those times when we get out without the kids."

Molly says, "Down Under Jewelry showcases independent artists in an original, independent shop - an elegant yet comfortable place to shop for something special.

Marilyn says, "Thames Glass has a wide array of hand blown glass—great for wedding gifts. They also offer glass blowing classes, which is a fun way to do it yourself and have a memento from Newport."

Shop Local, Save the Planet

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.