The Indie Local First Reading List

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ABA's popular list of notable Local First titles has received a makeover. Updated for 2009, the Indie Local First Reading List has a new design, new titles, new indie bookseller recommendations, and links to local first resources. All of the recommended titles are great reads about making and keeping local communities vibrant.

Included are several newer titles on shopping locally, eating locally, and the impact of small businesses on communities. Titles making their debut on the 2009 list include Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture by Ellen Ruppel Shell (Penguin); Big Box Reuse by Julia Christensen (MIT Press); and Hope and Hard Times: Communities, Collaboration, and Sustainability by Ted Bernard (New Society).

Use the list as inspiration for a Local First in-store display. Or, visit your indie neighbors with a copy of the list along with select titles and a Here's What You Just Did flier. It's a great way to spur a cross-merchandising effort between businesses. Use the fliers, cross-merchandising ideas, and other Local First resources included to prompt and promote Local First activities.

The Indie Local First Reading List is available in the IndieBound Bookseller DIY as a PDF in full color and will also be included in the October Red Box. It is also available in PDF format on the Shop Local page of