Have you finished reading everything on your bookshelf? Started reading ingredient lists while waiting for your library Overdrive book to come in or for you Robbins Library pickup time to be here? Tired of waiting for Amazon to actually ship anything non-essential? Check out these bookstores still selling.
Local Bookstores Still Selling
Most independent booksellers are now use Bookshop.org to fullfill their orders. Bookshop.org then shares a profit percentage with the local store - a key way to support your independent bookshop during stay-at-home orders!
- The Book Rack still offers local delivery for a $1 fee, and has a Bookshop.org portal
- Belmont Books, in downtown Belmont, is only selling through their Bookshop.org portal (but shipping was quick for me!)
- Book Ends in Winchester center only has a Bookshop.org portal
- Porter Square Books is taking some shipping orders, with a delay
- Harvard Book Store is only using their Bookshop.org portal
- More Than Words is selling online, and all proceeds go to their youth work initiatives - they’re also still accepting book donations at their Waltham location.
Used Bookstores Worth Buying From
Can’t wait for shipping? There are tons of online library programs, and Arlingtonian Steve Rothman has a great explainer about online libraries!
Yes, Virginia, used books are just as good as new. Here are some worthwhile used booksellers to check out.
- Better Worlds Books is a certified B corporation with a huge selection that I use (my affiliate link includes $5 off a $30 order!)
- Abe Books has everything, including textbooks
- ALibris sells their own books as well as having portals for local bookshops.
Little Free Libraries And Book Swaps In Town
If you want to swap books with neighbors, there are two Facebook groups all about swapping (private groups; you’ll need to be approved to view):
- Everything Is Free Arlington is a very friendly community all about posting ISO or free items, including books.
- Arlington, MA READERS is a new group dedicated to book swapping, and there’s plenty of traffic.
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