The rise of online shopping around the world has had a dramatic effect on independent mom & pop stores. This is particularly true for book and record stores, as consumers increasingly move to the digital formats of music and books rather than purchasing hard copies from neighborhood stores.
Sadly for those of us who love spending time in book and record shops we now often need a map to find our nearest book and record stores. Luckily, however, there are a number of good record and book shop maps available.
The German Book Trade Association (Der Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels) has created a nice Google Map of bookshops in Germany. Vorsicht Buch shows the locations of bookshops throughout the country.
You can search the map by location and click on the individual bookshop markers to get the address of the individual store.
In the USA you can use Dwell's Independent Bookstore Map. Indie Map also provides a handy map of independent book stores in the USA. In the UK you can view the Bookshop Map.
Record lovers should check out Vinyl Hub or Record Shops, both of whom provide worldwide Google Maps of record shops. Vinyl Hunt is another map which shows the location of independent record shops that sell both new and used vinyl.