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    Shop with solidarity at these unionized (and unionizing) stores and publishers.

    James Folta

    April 11, 2024, 2:21pm

    Looking to spend your book budget more wisely? We’ve compiled a list of publishers and bookstores that are unionized or in the process of unionizing that deserve your business. Some of these bookstores are still in the process of unionizing, and beyond giving them your business, keep an eye out for ways you can support them. For a more general overview of book unions, I recommend these pieces by Kim Kelly in Teen Vogue and Hamilton Nolan in Jacobin on the spread of booksellers’ unions, the issues at play, and what a unionized future for books might look like.

    And a big shout-out to ILWU Local 5, representing Portland area workers including booksellers at Powells, who have compiled an amazing map of unionized and unionizing bookstores in the US, Canada, and Australia!

    Did we miss any bookstores or publishers? We want to keep this list current and updated!  Please email us with any corrections or additions!


    Verso Books
    X @VersoBooksGuild

    X @hcpunion

    Duke University Press

    The New Press
    X @tnpunion

    Oxford University Press


    Barnes & Noble
    7 Locations
    Instagram @barnesandnobleunion
    X @BNWorkers

    Book People
    Austin, TX
    Instagram @bookpeopleunited
    X @BkPeople_United

    Bookshop Santa Cruz
    Santa Cruz, CA
    Instagram @bscworkers
    X @BSCWorkers

    Book Soup
    Los Angeles, CA
    Instagram @booksoupunion

    Browser Books
    San Francisco, CA

    Bull Moose
    Maine, New Hampshire

    Center For Book Arts
    New York, NY
    Instagram @unionizecba
    X @unionizecba

    City Lights
    San Francisco, CA
    ​X @CityLightsUnion

    Copperfield’s Books
    Petaluma CA
    Insta @copperfieldsbooksunion
    X @copperbookunion

    Elliott Bay Book Company
    Seattle, WA
    Instagram @book_workers
    X @book_workers

    Green Apple Books
    San Francisco, CA

    Green Apple Books On The Park
    San Francisco, CA

    Greenlight Bookstore
    Brooklyn, NY

    Half-Price Books
    13 Locations
    X @HPBWorkersUnite

    Harvard Bookstore
    Boston, MA
    Instagram @hbsunion

    Housing Works
    New York, NY
    Instagram @housingworksunion
    X @hworksunion

    Labyrinth Books
    Princeton, NJ
    Instagram @labyrinthbooksunion

    McKays Books
    Knoxville TN
    Instagram @mckays_knox_workers
    X @McKaysKnoxUnion

    McNally Jackson / Goods for the Study
    New York, NY

    Moe’s Books
    Berkeley, CA
    X @moesbooksunion

    Page 1 Books
    Albuquerque, NM
    Instagram @page1workers
    X @page1workers

    Politics & Prose
    Washington DC
    X @PolProseUnion

    Powell’s Books
    Portland, OR

    Printed Matter
    New York, NY
    Instagram @printedmatterunion

    Skylight Books
    Los Angeles, CA
    X @skylight_union
    Instagram @skylightbooksellersunion

    Shelf Life Books
    Richmond VA

    Solid State Books
    Washington, DC

    The Strand
    New York, NY
    X @strandbooksell1

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