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Guardian creates indie book-buying map via Twitter

August 15, 2011 | 10:42 am


It's Independent Booksellers Week in England, and the Guardian has some online projects going to help celebrate independent bookstores.

One is a gallery of independent bookstores, pulled from photos submitted to this Flickr group. The photos are mostly of bookstores in England, but include Builders Booksource in San Francisco.

This week, they're encouraging readers to add their recent independent bookstore purchases to a book-buying map. Apparently, the bookstores can be located anywhere on the globe, and submission takes only a Tweet. The Guardian explains how:

This week we're building a tweet map of our book-buying hive mind. Just tweet us @guardianbooks with the title of the book you've bought, the name and postcode of the bookshop where you bought it and the hashtag #indybooks, and we'll assemble a map of independent action.

The newspaper plans to post its map of independent bookstore purchases online sometime soon.


Bookstore of the week: Small World Books in Venice

Bookstore of the week: Eso Won Books

Bookstore of the week: Book 'Em Mysteries in South Pasadena

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Independent bookstore Stories Books and Cafe in Los Angeles. Credit: Carolyn Kellogg / Los Angeles Times.