Declaration of Independents
As cities, towns, and neighborhoods deal with the changing landscape of their local business community, we, the independent booksellers of the Great Lakes, reaffirm our commitment to our communities. Independent bookstores value our place in the community, as well as our ongoing connections within it. We’d like to offer some other defining thoughts about independent bookstores.
Independent booksellers talk with our customers directly and enjoy fulfilling-- even exceeding--their expectations, whether it's recommending a great book we've just read, or helping you discover new or little known authors or publishers.
Independent bookstores have an onsite owner--we're right there answering questions and making decisions, rather than relying on a corporate office thousands of mile away.
Independent booksellers are leaders in the fight against censorship and other threats to freedom of expression.
Independent bookstores reflect the character of our communities. We support local causes. We participate in and fund community activities. We patronize other local businesses and keep our money in the community.
Our mission is “To promote the vitality, diversity and prosperity of independent bookselling as essential to the life of our communities and crucial to the dissemination of ideas in society.”
(Many thanks to Hut Landon of the NCIBA for permission to reprint this!)