In 1978, Barry Samuels and Ellen Shapiro leased an empty storefront in the middle of Woodstock, NY. They renovated the store with the help of legendary book publisher Betty Ballantine. A truck-load of books was purchased from a distributor in New York City, put on the shelves in Woodstock and a bookstore was born. In 2011 the Golden Notebook continues to be an independent bookstore in the original space. In a town full of writers, artists, musicians and iconoclastic ne’er-do-wells the emphasis is on quality literature. Stop by the store! Our engaged and experienced staff will share their hands-on knowledge and help you find the books you want and the books you need. On the beach in Goa? On the N train in Brooklyn? We are here for you online as well. We have lots of books to recommend and we will ship anywhere. E-Books too. In the meantime check out our events, plan your next visit to Woodstock and come visit a real, live bookstore!