Bil Browning

Indy's LGBT Bookstore to Close

Filed By Bil Browning | November 23, 2009 10:00 AM | comments

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Sad news this morning from Out Word Bound bookstore as the 11 year old business announces it will be closing immediately after Christmas.

610.jpgThe closing of Indy's only LGBT bookstore is a huge loss for our community. It will leave a hole that Barnes and Nobles or Borders can't fill. Sadly, in this economy thousands of LGBT businesses are shutting down. As the LGBT community has become more mainstream, so have our shopping habits.

Remember when people used to complain that they couldn't find LGBT books in shops that weren't aimed at the gay community? When we wished we could be side by side with the self-help books and have our own category for our specialty titles?

That day has come. Now chain bookstores stock LGBT tomes - but usually in a small special section unlike the LGBT-specific stores that carried hundreds of titles. Be careful what you wish for.

Statement from Out Word Bound's owners, Tammara Tracy and Mary Byrne, after the jump.

Dear friends, old and new -

After 11 exciting years, Out Word Bound will be closing its doors. It has been a good run; we have learned so much; met so many good & fascinating people that have enlighten our lives. We thank you for sharing yourselves with us.

We are very thankful for your support - as customers, as volunteers, and as friends. We contemplated closing last year but thought we would give a little time to find someone or a group of people to take the bookstore over. Given the economic times, that did not pan out. Our personal lives are now at a juncture that we can no longer 'do the bookstore.'

As a final good will gesture, we are hoping that our grand closing sale helps your holiday season twinkle a little queerer, a little lighter and a little more literary!
Each week, the discounts get bigger. But don't wait too long because what you are waiting for may be gone.

This is also the "last call" for gift cards, consignments, & account balances, please redeem them as soon as possible.

On Dec. 26th, please join us one final time at the bookstore to share stories and a farewell toast.

In gratitude,
Tammara & Mary
Roberta, Abby, Renee, Kenda, & Nathan

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Michael Wilkinson | November 23, 2009 11:13 AM

I'm very sorry to hear this. OutWordBound has been a great resource center for the Indianapolis community as well as a bookseller. Best to the owners. I understand how tough it is to be a small business owner.

I imagine the Internet has probably been independent bookstores' worst competitor however, with the likes of Amazon and others.

"Small" doesn't begin to describe the offerings at the chain bookstores. It's a pitiful selection of maybe six titles, hidden away on a bottom shelf next to some category like "history of aviation," which has four shelves.

The staff of Out Word Bound has always been helpful to this witless customer, and I'm sorry to see it go.

I had been in the store a few times especially when I lived across the street. I tried to shop there for friends when I could think of it and would recommend them to others -- especially when I worked at Borders downtown and had customers seeking LGBT titles (Borders sometimes had them or could order them, but it wasn't their specialty of course). The women at Out Word Bound always seemed to be good about customer service and making people feel welcome.

Sorry to hear about the closing of the store. It will be missed. Best of luck to you in your new ventures.