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August 7, 2020


Your attention, please: We have expanded our customer service hours! Phone* service and contactless pick-up are now offered 6 days a week (Monday-Saturday) between 11 am and 4 pm. We are not open for browsing for the foreseeable future, but we look forward to connecting with you via phone or social media.


*That's right: you can call us at 706-850-2843 and talk with an Avid bookseller who's eager to make book recommendations, answer questions, and more!



A letter from Janet

May 27, 2020
Hi! I promise I'll be quick. I need y'all to know about two changes taking effect June 1st.

  • We're changing the threshold for our free shipping on website orders to $75+ (up from $50+) beginning June 1, 2020
  • We're adding an option for contactless curbside pick-up starting with web orders placed on or after June 1, 2020

Read more details and the reasons behind these changes and other frequently asked questions here. Our store floor remains closed to the public until further notice. Thank you!

Janet Geddis, owner/founder
Avid Bookshop

Update on Tuesday afternoon, May 12, 2020


To our dear customers, friends, loved ones, and neighbors:

You will be relieved to know that we are keeping your health and ours at the forefront of all business decisions.

Bearing that in mind, the shop floor is still closed to the public, and we are NOT offering curbside pickup.

This is what is best for our work flow, our booksellers, and YOU. We miss you, too, but it's just not time for us to relax our operations in any way. Stay as healthy as you're able, and we'll be happy to assist you with any and all orders.

With love,
Janet & the crew



Update Tuesday afternoon, April 28, 2020

Avid Bookshop is closed to browsing customers until further announcement. We are shipping all orders; curbside pickup is not being offered at this time.

We are OPEN online at 24/7, and you can call us Monday - Friday, 10am - 3pm if you have questions or concerns (706-850-2843). 

Avid is still here and able to make payroll because of your online support. Thank you, and we'll see you in person once it's safe to do so.


Update Monday morning, March 30, 2020:


Thanks to the huge outpouring of support, our staff are working around the clock to fulfill your orders. Orders may be delayed a few extra days due to hiccups in our supply chain. Our reduced staff is working overtime to ship books out to you as soon as they arrive. We appreciate your patience.


Our store floor remains closed until further notice. Curbside pickup remains suspended. If you have not already paid or requested it and would like your book(s) shipped, you may pay $5 (flat, for all quantities) to our Venmo @avidbookshop or PayPal. Please contact us with your address.



Update Friday afternoon, March 20, 2020: 


In-store pickup (and curbside pickup) has been suspended until further notice.


If you have not already paid or requested it and would like your book(s) shipped, you may pay $5 (flat, for all quantities) to our Venmo @avidbookshop or PayPal. Please contact us with your address.


Our store floor will be closed until April 7. 



Sunday evening, March 15, 2020

Dear reader,

We hope this announcement finds you safe and sound. Most of our fans probably already have a book or five you're looking forward to spending time with while we all practice social distancing and help flatten the curve.

For the safety of our staff and our community, we are temporarily closing our sales floor to the public starting Monday, March 16, through Sunday, March 29. We will have a bookseller answering phone calls and arranging pickups (suspended as of 3/20/20) betweek 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

While this means you won't be able to stop inside and browse around or attend any events, you'll still be able to visit us online at where you can browse and shop as our team continues to fulfill orders and answers the phone. While it'll never replace the real thing, try browsing our staff favorites, check out our 2019 favorites,  browse our bestsellersWe currently have a special on free shipping on orders over $50.  

Prefer audiobooks? Shopping on helps us too! Already have all you need right now? Look foward to the future and  place a pre-order or one of our monthly, hand-picked book subscriptions. Consider  buying a gift card for yourself, making it it easy for you to give us a call any time to order something and say "put it on my gift card" like a very fancy person. Or, alternatively, you can buy card for someone else too, sharing with someone your love for us with someone else. If anything, simply sharing our links and posts with friends and family helps immensely.

If you ordered a book for in-store pick-up please read below how you can still arrange a pick-up or delivery.

We have so many creative ideas on how we’re going to continue to share our love for reading and Athens while staying safe. Be on the lookout for some fun surprises! Sign up for our newsletter to stay on top of the latest happenings.


Finally, we should greatly emphasize that for some of us, we’re entering into a time of great uncertainty. So, we understand if you’re unable, but, if you can spare it, we are also graciously accepting donations in any amount.

Thank you and continue to order online from us! We've been getting so much love!

Avid Bookshop





Dear reader,

For the safety of our staff and our community, Avid's store floor is currently closed to the public; however, we are processing orders online at

If your book is PAID and you requested in-store pickup, we have three options to help get the book you ordered to you. **Choose one option and contact us with your choice.**

1) If you would like your book(s) shipped you may pay $5 (flat, for all quantities) to our Venmo @avidbookshop or PayPal. Please send your address so we can ship your book(s).

2) If you would like to pick up your book(s), please call the shop (706-850-2843) Monday through Friday between 10:00am and 4:00pm when you are about 5 minutes away and we will place your order outside.

If your book is NOT PAID, please call the shop Monday to Friday between 10:00am and 4:00pm to process your order with a card.

We hope these options work for you. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns and we will try to get back to you as soon as possible.

your Avid Bookshop booksellers

Five Points
1662 S. Lumpkin St.
Athens, Georgia 30606

Temporary Hours 
When store will be staffed (but not open to public): Monday-Friday, 10:00am - 4:00pm 

Online: 24/7 at