The neighborhood bookshop.

Once the cornerstone of local reading communities, independent book sellers have begun to close their doors due to inflated rental costs, competition with big box stores and online shopping outlets as well as the burgeoning e-book market. However, there are some readers out there who refuse to let their beloved bookstores go the way of the dinosaur.

This is an opportunity to promote some of your favorite indie shops and give them the much-needed attention they so deserve. And hey, it probably wouldn't hurt if you threw a couple of bucks their way either.

Full disclosure: I am one of three managers at Logos Bookstore, an independent Christian bookstore on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Check us out at or stop on by and curl up with a good read.