If Amazon is not your thing and you are curious about the stock at local indie bookstores, you're going to want to check out the new CityShelf website. The project acts as a search tool for titles at eight of New York City's independent book shops.
Founder and poet Ben Purkert explains "Indies don't need to be saved. They are doing a great job on their own. Hopefully CityShelf can augment that and bring them more business." If literature is more important to you than convenience, this tool for indie bookstores is likely one that will appeal to you. It allows readers to support local businesses and escape the crowded regular haunts like The Strand.