If you’re sheltered at home and want a book or a puzzle, you have more options than you might realize. Almost all of New Hampshire’s independent bookstores are open for curbside pickup and local delivery for the duration of the governor’s stay-home order.

Though bookstores are not classified as essential businesses under Executive Order 17, the order’s Exhibit A contains a clause allowing all retailers, essential or not, to “transition to curbside pick up or delivery only for orders taken online, by phone, or by other remote means.”

We confirmed with the governor’s office that this business is allowed under the executive order.

We love books and bookstores (think tankers gotta think). Books open the mind to a universe of ideas, and book sellers are the little markets that offer this vast universe for sale (often at a discount).

Readers benefit when a robust marketplace facilitates competition among a wide variety of book sellers. To help with that, we made a list of New Hampshire independent bookstores that are doing curbside and delivery business during the stay-home order.

We found two independent bookstores that are closed for the duration of the executive order. If we missed any that are doing remote business, let us know.

Here is the list of stores that are taking orders for pickup or delivery, complete with links for your convenience:

 

Bayswater Books, Center Harbor (Phone orders only)

The Bookery, Manchester (Curbside pickup, book & food delivery)

The Country Bookseller, Wolfeboro (Curbside pickup, delivery)

Eyes of the Owl (used books), Wolfeboro (Online orders & shipping)

Gibson’s Bookstore, Concord (Curbside service, shipping)

Innisfree Bookshop, Meredith (Curbside service, delivery)

Little Village Toy & Bookshop, Littleton (Curbside service, shipping)

Main Street Bookends, Warner (Curbside service)

Morgan Hill Bookshop, New London (Curbside service, delivery)

River Run Bookstore, Portsmouth (Local delivery, online order & shipping)

Sheafe Street Books, Portsmouth (Appointment only)

Still North Books & Bar, Hanover (Online orders only)

Toadstool Bookshop, Keene, Nashua, Peterborough, (Curbside pickup, shipping)

Water Street Bookstore, Exeter (Curbside pickup, delivery, shipping)

White Birch Books, North Conway (Curbside pickup, local delivery)