Throughout time and across the globe, books have brought people together—a fact that remains amid the uncertainty that comes with the spread of the coronavirus and the social distancing taking place to curb it. Bookstores (along with nearly every other brick-and-mortar establishment) may be closed to in-person visits, but indie shops throughout the region—an already endangered species—are still providing Southerners with great books and acting as community outlets. The following stores and initiatives are even offering special discounts and incentives right now as they seek to sustain readers and authors, and stay in business.
At the author Ann Patchett’s Music City store, the team is taking phone orders and offering curbside delivery. Online orders made with the code FREESHIP50 will receive free shipping on any purchase over $50.
Old Town Books
This new Alexandria bookstore is offering $1 shipping, plus free local deliveries. The team is also preparing a roster of online classes.
With free deliveries (for those lucky enough to live within five miles of downtown Oxford) and free shipping (everywhere else), Square Books is helping keep Mississippians stocked with their favorite titles. Stay tuned for a lineup of virtual events.
Capitol Hill Books
Email email@example.com to schedule a private appointment to peruse Capitol Hill Books’s inventory in an otherwise empty shop, or order online with free domestic shipping.
Both the books from BookPeople and the coffee and pastries from CoffeePeople, the store’s adjoining café, are available for over-the-phone ordering and curbside pickup.
The Avid Bookshop staff is happy to answer calls to give recommendations and take orders for pick up—call ahead when you’re close and they’ll place the books outside the front door—or free shipping on purchases over $50.
Thank You Books
From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on business days, Thank You Books will be fulfilling online and phone orders, for curbside pickup or drop-off on local stoops.
New members to this online audio bookseller will get two audiobooks for the price of one ($14.99), and 100 percent of the proceeds goes to a bookstore of your choosing with code SHOPBOOKSTORESNOW.
Wiley Cash’s Corona Canon
The North Carolina author and G&G contributor Wiley Cash has transformed the Open Canon Book Club, his virtual monthly book club intended to introduce readers to little-known literary voices, into the Corona Canon, a way to promote authors whose books are being released in the midst of the pandemic, and whose readings, signings, and appearances have been postponed. Subscribe here.
Book Industry Charitable Foundation
This ongoing fund helps booksellers in times of need, and this week, the foundation has received more requests than ever before from booksellers needing to pay medical and household bills as shops across the country close. Donate to their cause here.