Independent Bookstore Day

One Day. Fifty States. Hundreds Of Bookstores.


This national one-day party held the last Saturday in April celebrates independent bookstores across the country online and in-store. Through exclusive books and literary items, contests, cupcakes, and everything in between, it’s a party you don’t want to miss!

Booksellers, sign-up to receive email communication about preparing for Independent Bookstore Day through the Email Subscriptions tab on your Member Dashboard.

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How to Participate


1. Be an ABA Member

This event is for booksellers who belong to the American Booksellers Association and their regional independent booksellers association. Find regional contact information at the bottom of the membership page.


2. Sign Up

  • To purchase the exclusives and be included on the searchable map, sign up between October 21–November 11. You must purchase a minimum of 20 items (individually or bulk packaged — a bulk packaged item counts as one) in order to receive the freebies like bookmarks and stickers. Blackwing pencils and T-shirts do not count towards the 20-item minimum.
  • To only be included on the searchable map without any purchases, sign-ups are open October 21, 2022–March 31, 2023.


3. Celebrate on Independent Bookstore Day

Plan an in-store or online celebration for April 29. We’ve compiled lots of ideas below.



For Bookstores

Information and resources about participating, celebration ideas, and important dates.

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For Publishers & Authors

Information about submitting ideas, sponsoring, and sharing on social media.

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Independent Bookstore Day 10th Anniversary LogoLogos & Graphics for Promoting

Additional assets and catalog item pcis for 2023 coming soon!

Find multiple versions of the IBD logo, posters, social media assets to share, and suggested copy for captions and newsletters.

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Independent Bookstore Day Catalog 2022IBD 2023 Catalog

Coming in October!

A detailed packet of all the exclusives for Independent Bookstore Day including freebies and items for adults and kids.





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Staff & Contributors

Courtney Wallace, Independent Bookstore Day Program Director
Joy Dallanegra-Sanger, ABA COO
Melissa Napolitano, Designer
Ryan Quinn, Member Relations Manager
Courtney Grasso, IndieCommerce Support Specialist
Sara Lacey Graham, Executive Assistant
Kate Brennan, Membership & Data Coordinator
Jessica Stauffer, Program Manager
Britt Camacho, Copy Editor


Advisory Committee

Miranda Sanchez, Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews, Chapel Hill, NC
Joelle Herr, The Bookshop, Nashville, TN
Ryan Clark, Gibson's Bookstore, Concord, NH
Christina Ciampa, All She Wrote Books, Somerville, MA
Allison Senecal, Old Firehouse Books, Fort Collins, CO
Terri LeBlanc, Swamp Fox Bookstore and Swamp Fox Kids, Marion, IA
Melissa Posten, The Novel Neighbor, Webster Groves, MO
Lesley Rains, City of Asylum @ Alphabet City, Pittsburgh, PA
Kathy Burnette, The Brain Lair, South Bend, IN
Kristen Kessler, The Book Rack, Oak Harbor, WA
Isis Asare, Sistah Scifi, Oakland, CA
Consuelo Wilder, Book People, Austin, TX
Melanie Moore, The Book Bus, Cincinnati, OH
Jake Cumsky-Whitlock, Solid State Books, Washington, D.C.
Amy Thomas, Pegasus Books, San Francisco, CA
Emily Autenrieth, A Seat at the Table Books, Elk Grove, CA
Brien Lopez, Children's Book World, Los Angeles, CA
Grace Rajendran, University Book Store, Seattle, WA






About ABA

The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.

Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.








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