|At Starline Books in Chattanooga, Tenn.|
Tuesday's crucial midterm elections have inspired many independent bookstores to offer encouragement as well as incentives to get out the vote. Here's a sampling:
Common Good Books, St. Paul, Minn.: "Common Good Books supports voters. Show us your 'I Voted' sticker on Election Day and get 50% off any book in the store. An informed electorate is a healthy electorate. Whether you want a respite from politics or information to help you educate and persuade, Common Good Books wants to reward voters."
Readers' Books, Sonoma, Calif.: "All political books on SALE. As an independent bookstore we firmly believe in free speech and the dissemination of information and ideas. To that end we have put all of our books with a political bent on sale for 20% off through election day. It is important to vote; it is important to be informed."
Star Line Books, Chattanooga, Tenn.: "Good Saturday morning, Bookies! Make it a great weekend, and if you didn't early vote, don't forget to on Tuesday!" The sidewalk sandwich board says: "Read Books. 'Democracy is not just the right to vote, it is the right to live in dignity.' Naomi Klein."
Bookends & Beginnings, Evanston, Ill.: "Voting is sweet! So we're handing out a sweet treat today to everyone who comes in wearing their I VOTED sticker! Yay for Lori Martin-Beauchamp and her especially Early Voter Lily!"
Bards Alley, Vienna, Va.: "Here’s why @bards_alley’s owner Jen and Marketing & Events Coordinator Sarah are voting on Nov. 6! Find out where you’ll be voting on Election Day at @votedotorg: https://www.vote.org/polling-place-locator."
Chevalier's Books, Los Angeles, Calif.: "This is not a drill: it's time to VOTE!! Fill out those mail-in ballots, make your plans to get to the polls on Tuesday, and SAVE THAT 'I VOTED' STICKER to get 15% off on Tuesday. Vote, read, repeat!"
Sherman's Books & Stationery, multiple locations in Maine: "We here at Sherman's want you to VOTE this Tuesday and to celebrate we're offering 10% off your total purchase w/ a voting sticker ALL DAY AT ALL LOCATIONS!"
Run for Cover Bookstore and Café, San Diego, Calif.: "Check out our new store window! Between today and Election Day, everyone who comes in with their 'I voted' sticker or mail in ballot coupon will get a 10% off on their book purchase."
Greedy Reads, Baltimore, Md.: "TODAY ONLY (Saturday, Nov 3)--Tell me when and where you're voting on Tuesday, or when and where you early voted, and take 10% off everything in the store. There are only two rules--* You have to volunteer this information. Don't wait for me to ask; I won't. * We're working on the honor system here. Please don't let me down!"