Join us for giveaways*, exclusive merchandise, and general merriment as we celebrate with independent bookstores nationwide! This year's exclusive merchandise - available just for Independent Bookstore Day - includes goodies like a Neil Gaiman coloring book, Ann Patchett's The Care and Feeding of an Independent Bookstore, literary tea towels, and more! Supplies are limited, so be sure to join us bright and early on IBD!
Just what does IBD celebrate?
Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent. Indie bookstores, whether dusty and labyrinthine or clean and well-lighted, are not just stores, they are solutions. They hold the key to your love life, your career, and your passions. Walking the aisles of a good bookstore means stumbling upon a novel from India that expands your heart. It’s encountering an art book that changes the direction of your life. It’s the joy of having a perfect stranger steer you toward the perfect book. In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism. They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. And they are at your service.
Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) is a celebration of books, readers and indie bookselling that started in California in 2014; it is modeled after the extremely successful Record Store Day. Now in its third year, IBD has become a nationwide party as big and varied as the country itself. In 2015, IBD had more than 350 stores in 45 states putting their bells on and throwing out the welcome mat.
*While supplies last.