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Our Northside storefront is closed to the public until further notice. However, in that great old-timey neighborhood shop tradition, Downbound owner Greg lives right upstairs, and is still here, safely working from home. Like any small business, we’re worried about making it through this period. But we’re also worried about YOU! A neighborhood bookstore exists for its neighbors, and we’re committed to doing what we can to help everyone through this deeply strange time. We know we’re not doctors. We know books aren’t food. But if a good read or a fun puzzle will help keep your spirits up or your children occupied, we’re here for it.

A few things to note:
  • Searching the site: Certain items are getting harder for us to acquire; others have become completely inaccessible. We are trying to keep the site’s settings adjusted such that the only items discoverable are those that are either already here in the store or en route to us, or still accessible via our normal channels. However, in this highly fluid situation items will inevitably slip through. If you’ve ordered something we can no longer source, we’ll let you know as soon as we can. If you’re interested in something you can’t find on our site then we probably can’t get it for now, but please feel free to reach out via email and we’ll be glad to investigate and confirm. Note: Everything is moving more slowly than usual, and unexpected supply chain hiccups are becoming more common. If you’re just looking to get your hands on a good book quickly, we recommend focusing on items labeled “in store now.” You can also use the “What’s in store” filter when browsing.
  • Children’s book discounts: In normal times, we offer teacher discounts for items purchased for classroom use. Now that every home with a child has become a classroom, all in-stock* board books, picture books, kid craft/activity books, workbooks, middle grade, and young adult titles are 20% off for shoppers in the Cincinnati metropolitan area. Discounts will not be reflected during checkout but will be applied before your order is processed
  • Shipping: We have made USPS Media Mail shipping free for all orders over $25 (post-discount, pre-tax). Please note that puzzles are not eligible for Media Mail; if your order includes a puzzle then it will ship via USPS Priority Mail and a shipping charge of at least $5 will be applied before processing (see further details at checkout).
    • Attention Northsiders: No shipping charge for you guys, regardless of your order’s size or composition; any shipping charge assessed during the checkout process will be removed before processing.
  • Into audiobooks? You can get those from our site, too! They’re fulfilled by a service called, a wonderful partner to independent booksellers all over the country. They’re doing their part, too: if you start a membership now using code SHOPBOOKSTORESNOW you’ll get two audiobooks for the price of one, and 100% of your payment will go towards us, or any other participating indie bookstore you choose to support. Just look for the teal “Buy Audiobook” button:
Buy Audiobook link example

Any questions? Ping us on Instagram or Facebook, send an email to info[at], or give us a call at 513-541-1394. If we don ’t catch the ring then we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

Thanks, friends. Be excellent to each other.

*“In stock” here refers to items we have at the store already and those currently en route. Special orders can often cost us a good bit more to acquire, but if there’s something you need and we can get it on our normal terms through our normal channels then we’ll be glad to apply the same discount.