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

Bull Moose
Maine, New Hampshire

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

City Lights
San Francisco, CA
​X @CityLightsUnion

Copperfields 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

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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