As Amazon Prime Day enters (counter-intuitively) its second day, independent booksellers continue to offer an alternative message--as well as literal alternatives--through social media. Here are some highlights from yesterday:
DIESEL, A Bookstore in Brentwood, Santa Monica, Calif.: "On this #Primeday we at your local bookstore would like to remind you that Amazombie will never be a space to meet fellow fascinating book lovers of all stripes, in a friendly community setting."
Greedy Reads, Baltimore, Md.: "It's Prime Day. Or as I like to call it, the Best Day to Shop Local. We are so happy to be a part of this community, and are grateful for everyone's support. In return, we promise not to work with ICE, and to always give our employees bathroom breaks."
The Brain Lair Bookstore, South Bend, Ind.: "On this #PrimeDay, remember that Amazon won’t entertain your kids with a Harry Potter Party #ShopLocal."
The Bookshop, East Nashville, Tenn.: "Last I checked, Amazon doesn't offer Saturday storytimes--and certainly not with our spirited and beloved @wildgreentide. Just one of the many things to consider this #primeday. Open 11 to 6 today if you prefer to shop at a store that pays local taxes, offers community-building events for local book lovers, regularly raises funds for social causes, offers non-algorithm recommendations, and where you'll be greeted with a *real* smile, not an arrow meant to look like one."
BookBar, Denver, Colo.: "Give #PrimeDay a pass and opt for #LimeDay instead. @BookBarDenver is featuring Key Lime Sangria all day for $5. When you #ShopLocal to keep your hard-earned dollars in our community. Aaaaand--stave off scurvy!"
Raven Book Store, Lawrence, Kan.: "happy #PrimeDay, shop local, don't cross picket lines." And: "to celebrate #PrimeDay we're paying federal taxes."
East Bay Booksellers, Oakland, Calif.: "What's this, we're hearing? This company, the one that cozies up with ICE, an organization independent bookstores have committed nearly $100k to resist, has its own special day? Weird."
Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, N.C.: "On this #PrimeDay, remember that Amazon won't bring scores of authors to your community for events each year."
Sherman's Books & Stationery, Boothbay Harbor, Maine: "Welcome to a very special #mainecrushmonday! Since it's also #primeday, we thought we'd highlight the benefits of shopping local and reading local, instead of using the large online retail store that shall not be named.... We're a part of the community, and downtown helps the local economy. Plus it's super fun to browse our bookstores! You get to see new things and meet new people. We can't tell you how many times complete strangers have connected by expressing their mutual love of a book and swapping book recommendations. It's a much more fulfilling feeling then adding something to a cart...."
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café, Washington, D.C.: A Prime Day chalkboard work in progress: "Why Kramerbooks is better than Amazon.com...."
One More Page Books, Arlington Va.: "We happen to think today is a prime day to shop at your favorite local indie! Keep your money where you live, support your neighbors, and engage with your community. No online retailer can give you what One More Page can!"