10. An independent bookseller would never, ever send a child to "... go check in the Business Technology section" for Charlotte's Web.
9. Because independent bookstores are smaller, one is less likely to loose one's children. One can also keep an eye on the children while looking at other sections.
8. An independent bookseller does not carry Madonna's latest effort, nor the one by Terrell Owens, nor any other poorly written book (even if it ends up on bestseller lists. An independent bookseller has principles and really good books on the shelves.
7. They have used books for sale as well, intershelved with the new (I like bargains).
6. When you ask for A Seed is Sleepy they don't look at you like you are crazy.
5. The children's section is much tidier and more appealing (although I blame the parents for this, not the chain book stores...)
4. The independents don't have tons of candy at the front counter to tempt you while you are waiting. (Okay, maybe that's just my personal issue!) The indies assume you have higher order tastes in life. They'd be wrong, but I like the assumption.
3. An independent bookstore is likely to have a handy list of all of the titles in the series that you're starting, in order. And they'll have all of the titles, too, not just the new one.
2. An independent bookseller chooses her own manager's picks. They aren't forced upon her by "the guys at corporate".
And the number one reason to shop at indie bookstores is...
1. If you go in to an indie bookstore and ask for that book with the green cover with a title that had something to do with bananas and light bulbs, they’ll know exactly what you’re talking about.