Today I completed a volunteer orientation training at Indy Reads Books. The parent organization, Indy Reads, is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving adult literacy in Indianapolis. Nearly 20% of adults in Marion County struggle with reading, so needless to say this organization is very much needed. Indy Reads Books is a new and used book store that helps provide the revenue needed for the non-profit to function.
The store is located on the verrrrry far end of Mass Ave. across from Black Market. Unlike most of Mass Ave, the store does have a small parking lot. There is also plenty of street parking as that end of Mass Ave. is rather quiet.
You guys...the space is absolutely gorgeous. It does not feel (or smell!) at all like a used book store. It is bright, airy and happy. I have not yet attended an event at the store, but my understanding is that they do have readings, classes and other great events that take place.
At the very front of the store there is a "name your price" section. All books in that section are available for any amount of money you can afford. Throughout the rest of the store prices range from $1 for children's books to $6.99 for hardback books. All books are marked with a price, but you will see a sign when you walk in the door that lets you know the standardized prices for each type of book (e.g., paperbacks are all $2.99). The sections are easy to find and the books are well organized within each section.
New books are available on old fashioned desks and other displays through. Because this store is a non-profit they are able to offer deep discounts on brand new books. ALL new books are 20% off the list price. Even better -- THEY CAN ORDER ANYTHING! Yep -- anything. There are no shipping charges and ordered books will also have the 20% off discount.
In case you cannot tell...I'm sold on this store. I really do love it. Be sure to check it out sometime if you are in the Indianapolis area.
Address: 911 Massachusetts Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46202
[Photo credit: Indy Reads Books website]