Last Chance to Order Banned Books Week Display Kit

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Time is running out for ABA bookstore members that want to receive the 2016 Banned Books Week display kit, distributed by American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE).

The kit of materials for the September 25 to October 1 celebration of Banned Books Week is being sent automatically to the most active IndieBound stores in the August Red Box; to stores participating in the Ingram Banned Books Week ordering program; and to ABA member stores in good standing that received the kit last year.

ABA member stores that don’t fall into any of those categories can order a kit by e-mailing [email protected]. Fewer than 30 kits are still available.

The Banned Books Week kit was created by ABFE and the Ingram Content Group in 2013 for stores that placed an order from a list of more than 450 banned and challenged titles on ipage®, Ingram’s search and order content platform.

In 2016, Ingram will again offer an additional discount on initial orders of 25 or more books on the list as well as subsequent orders placed from August 31 to October 5. While supplies last, booksellers placing qualifying orders will receive a free 13" x 39" Banned Books Week banner, which is being distributed exclusively by Ingram and will be mailed in a tube.

ABA members ordering from Ingram will receive the Banned Books Week display kit from ABA by direct mail. For more information about the Ingram program or to place an order, contact your Ingram sales representative; call Ingram Customer Care, (800) 937-8200; or e-mail [email protected].

There will also be a new item in this year’s Banned Books Week kit. In a survey conducted after last year’s event, booksellers said they would like to have a flier listing titles and the reasons they were challenged to give customers. Penguin Random House, which has been a strong supporter of Banned Books Week, has agreed to produce the flier. Fifty will be included in each kit.

In addition, the kit includes 25 feet of “caution” tape; 100 bookmarks featuring four of the most frequently challenged books in 2015; “I Read Banned Books” stickers; an easel-back display; and a pamphlet produced by the American Library Association describing the titles banned and challenged in 2015-2016.