What's Happening at WORD

Submitted by vonorati on Fri, 03/13/2020 - 4:34pm

Update as of Tuesday, March 24th

We hope you are all doing well as we enter Week 2 of this crisis. We are amazed and humbled by your support. And while our stores remain closed for browsing, we continue to accept online and phone orders. As you can imagine, because of our limited staff and current state of the world, there might be delays in processing and shipping. Our limited staff is working as hard as they can under the circumstances and our distributors are working under the same constraints so we ask for your patience. 

We're taking all the necessary steps to keep our staff safe. Many are handling online orders from home and those who aren't have refrained from public transportation. We're so touched to hear how our ability to keep things moving and provide books at this time has meant so much to our customers. Your notes are all read and appreciated. 

We are offering limited curbside pick-ups by appointment only. If you must leave your home, we ask that you respect our staff's safety and your own by calling ahead to make arrangements. Please refrain from knocking on doors and windows.  

You can reach us by phone from 11a-5p, Monday-Friday

Brooklyn 718-383-0096
Jersey City 201-763-6611

Order online anytime at wordbookstores.com

Many of you have asked how you can support WORD and its employees at this time. We're trying to keep as many of our staff paid for as long as we can and since we don't know when we'll be back open for business we need your help. The best way is to buy gift cards that can be used when this is all over. The books and merchandise will still be here. You can continue to place online orders for books, puzzlescare packages, and more. You can also donate directly via PayPal to help us keep our staff paid for as long as possible. 

Thank you again for your support, patience and understanding 

Peace, love and books, 
Christine Onorati, Vinnie Onorati and the entire WORD Staff


  • Gift Cards: Online gift codes good for any amount and they never expire.
  • WORD VIP CARD: These require a minimum purchase of $500 but entitle the holder to 10% off for the life of the card. Think of it as opening a tab or an EZ Pass. This gives us a much-needed influx of funds to see us through this unpredictable time, and it gives you not only the ease of shopping without having to present a credit card or cash, but also the warm and fuzzy feeling you deserve for being such an enthusiastic supporter of local businesses like WORD. We think of it like a bookstore CSA: invest in us now, and reap ongoing rewards!
  • “homeWORDbound” Mystery Box: If you or someone you know is unable to venture out of the house or is being treated at a hospital, why not send them a curated mystery box containing a book plus other gifts to help make their time alone more enjoyable. 
  • Become a WORD Inner Circle Member: For $75 per year, you receive a 10% discount storewide, $25 to spend on anything in our stores or online, VIP seating at ticketed events and complimentary entry to our vouchered events, plus special sales and surprises exclusives to members throughout the year.
  • Try one of our monthly WORD To Your Mailbox subscription programs for kids or adults. Available in 6 month or 1 year increments.
  • Show your love with our exclusive WORD merchandise like hoodies, beanies, shirts, totes and more.
  • You can also simply Make a Donation. Those funds will help us keep the lights on, pay our staff, provide health insurance and keep stocking our shelves.