Chester County’s Bookstores Have A Gift For Everyone

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Thinking of giving a book or books for Christmas this year? You’re not alone. A 2013 survey estimated nearly 70% percent of gift givers gave at least one book to someone on their shopping list last year.

That makes sense since a typical book store has something for everyone and books never truly go out of style. That, and Americans, according to Pew, are still reading and/or listening to on average of about 12 books a year.

As one book store owner said about the hidden benefits of gifting a book:

[quote]”For me, books seem like the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of Christmas.  If you give a book to a loved one, you invite them to stop and take time quietly to themselves, to live in their own imaginations for a while, whether it’s fiction or not. You invite them to step into the world the author has created and sit quietly, lost in the narrative.”[/quote]

So what books are shoppers buying this year? According to the chart above compiled using Amazon.com sales numbers and published in Saturday’s Wall Street Journal, “children’s books have made a good showing …, but reference and self-help are even more popular.”

Here are the book Chester County book stores:

Wellington Square Bookshop
549 Wellington Square
Eagleview Town Centre
Exton, PA, 19341 U.S.A.
610-458-1144

Chester County Book Co
967 Paoli Pike
West Goshen Center
West Chester, PA 19380
610-696-1661

Barnes & Noble

Main Street at Exton
301 Main Street
Exton, PA 19341
610-524-0103

Valley Fair
150 West Swedesford Road
Devon, PA 19333
610-695-6600

Baldwin’s Book Barn
865 Lenape Road
West Chester, PA, 19382
610-696-0816

Need a nudge to get up and out to your favorite Chester County bookstore? Here’s a fun reminder of the power of reading produced by Bloomsbury Publishing.

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