Chester County’s Bookstores Have A Gift For Everyone


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 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.

Chester County Book Co
967 Paoli Pike
West Goshen Center
West Chester, PA 19380

Barnes & Noble

Main Street at Exton
301 Main Street
Exton, PA 19341

Valley Fair
150 West Swedesford Road
Devon, PA 19333

Baldwin’s Book Barn
865 Lenape Road
West Chester, PA, 19382

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.