August is a great month to explore some fun in your local independent bookstores and national chains like Barnes & Noble, Half Price Books, and Books-A-Million. If you can’t get to a brick and mortar store, then explore some of the same fun online.
Half Price Books is celebrating 45 years in business in 2017. Every month has brought a bevy of discounts and other surprises. Sign up for updates and follow their social media. Here are a few things to explore:
- They have a wide selection of new and used books from $1 to less than market price.
- They carry vinyl records, CDs, and DVDs.
- They have a great clearance book section.
- You can purchase magazines for little to nothing.
- You can earn money by taking your used books there for re-sale.
Barnes and Noble has a rewards program and a membership plan for frequent buyers. You can purchase new releases sometimes for as little as 30% off. Most locations have partnerships with Starbucks, so you can read and drink.
Books-A-Million is currently offering $10 off of online purchases totaling $50 or more. They also have the Millionaire’s membership program for frequent buyers.
One thing they all have in common is a section featuring local/regional/state authors and topics. If you are an author, inquire about having your book(s) placed in those sections for increased visibility. This is not a paid advertisement for any of these bookstores, but we are endorsing supporting bookstores, especially locally-owned stores.
In fact, here are a few more ways to have bookstore fun:
- Meet with friends to discuss a book or anything. Commit to purchasing something to support the store.
- Take little ones to introduce them to the concept of bookstores. Give them their own cash and let them shop.
- Hide away at one. Just go to tune out the world and read (a real book).
Can you think of something fun to do at the bookstore? If so, share in the comments.