Independent bookstores have a chance to win Reader’s Digest's 2019 Nicest Places in America Contest, where participants nominate towns, cities, organizations, and businesses across America for the title of kindest, nicest place in the country.
Reader's Digest readers and other contest participants will choose a place where the people believe in kindness, civility, and each other; neighbors help each other out; and strangers are welcomed as friends. According to RD.com, any place qualifies, no matter how big or small: a town, village, neighborhood, corner coffee shop, military base, place of worship, community center, campus, workplace, or even someone’s busy front porch.
Last year, 448 nominations were sent in from readers, and 10 finalists were chosen by Reader’s Digest editors. A total of 62,795 votes were cast by readers in choosing the 2018 winner: Yassin’s Falafel House, a falafel house in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Contest participants can visit RD.com to nominate a “nicest place” and send in their information and photos; the due date for nominations is May 31. ABA member bookstores who want to nominate their business can fill out the entry form on RD.com.
Reader’s Digest editors will choose the finalists, which will be announced June 21, and the public will have until July 21 to vote online for the winner. Winners will be announced in mid-October and appear on the cover of Reader’s Digest in print and online for millons of readers.
Booksellers can watch upcoming issues of Bookselling This Week to see if any ABA member bookstores have been chosen as a finalist. Full contest rules can be found here.