Independent Bookstore Day Ordering Opens January 15

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    Independent Bookstore Day logoThe official 2018 Independent Bookstore Day catalog will go live on Monday, January 15, at The catalog features exclusive, literary-themed merchandise and giveaways for booksellers to showcase on Independent Bookstore Day 2018 (IBD), Saturday, April 28.

    The 2018 IBD catalog will feature a number of exclusive items from the likes of Wendy MacNaughton, Etgar Keret, Maisy the Mouse, A.M. Homes, Harry Potter, and more.

    In addition, the first 35 stores to place an order will be entered into a raffle to win two extra exclusive Dave Eggers books for free — a special edition of Ungrateful Mammals featuring a hand-drawn cover by the author.   

    Ungrateful Mammals by Dave EggersBooksellers will also have the opportunity to win $300 as part of the first annual Independent Bookstore Day window contest. Between April 1 and May 1, stores are invited to submit at least two good-quality photos of their store’s window promoting Independent Bookstore Day. Watch Bookselling This Week for more information, or sign up for the IBD newsletter.

    At this month’s Winter Institute in Memphis (January 22–25), booksellers can preview some items from the IBD catalog, buy IBD T-shirts and totes, and place their orders at the Independent Bookstore Day table at the Consultation Station.

    A literary map of the universeBooksellers will also have the opportunity to discuss party plans for Independent Bookstore Day and hear success stories from colleagues from across the country during the Winter Institute session “Idea Exchange: Independent Bookstore Day,” to be held on Wednesday, January 24, from 3:40 p.m. to 4:40 p.m. in Room L13 of the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

    Visit the Independent Bookstore Day website to learn more about the event; the “For the Trade” section includes a handy month-by-month planning guide, bookseller info and FAQs, and more.