Avid Bookshop is a fiercely independent, community-focused bookselling business in Athens, Georgia (and worldwide here on this very website, avidbookshop.com!). Founded by Janet Geddis, Avid has been named by Flagpole readers as Athens' Favorite Local Business for eight years in a row! In 2021, we were also given the following accolades by Flagpole readers: Favorite Store to Buy a Gift for Her, Favorite Store to Buy a Gift for Him, & Favorite Uniquely Athens Store! In fall 2018, Avid Bookshop was chosen as the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year. In addition to these locally-awarded distinctions, we are proud to be recognized nationally as a bookstore with outstanding booksellers who are frequent speakers, panelists, and in-conversation partners at book industry events and conferences.
As the country has become more fraught, Avid booksellers have become more outspoken about standing up for human rights, equality, and the freedom to read. We are a safe space and are proud to serve those here in Athens, Georgia and our website customers nationwide.
We stay true to the “buy local first” mantra, choosing to support independent, locally-owned businesses for supplies whenever possible and opting to work with highly-rated, ethically sound national businesses when a local option isn't available. When it comes to buying local first, we really do practice what we preach.