In the last few years, we’ve seen an increase in both book sales and number of indie bookstores.
While Amazon’s rise could have meant a gloomy future for bookstores – it did hurt Barnes and Borders, after all – independent books have been able to find good footing in these times. While selling books is their first mission, they’re also about creating welcoming spaces for the community, connecting and advocating over the lack of exposure to literature for communities of color. It’s likely why we’ve seen more niche bookstores pop up in the last few years.
This is no different in Los Angeles, where Latino run-bookstores are not only on the map, but are also thriving. Below, check out five of these shops.
- La Librería
- Libros Schmibros Lending Library
- Other Books, Comics, and Zines
- Tía Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore
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