The American Booksellers Association’s Pre-Order Calendar highlights an array of upcoming titles that indie booksellers can consider promoting for pre-order through their stores.
The calendar specifically features books with added value, such as signed copies and exclusive merchandise, to entice customers to order from their local indie bookstore.
Updated each week, the calendar outlines selected books’ publication dates and details for ordering from publishers. When available, titles on the calendar will also link to a page with publishers’ downloadable digital marketing assets.
New items available for pre-order are indicated by the date they were added in red. Titles featured in a pre-order ad in an upcoming Indie Next List flier will have the notation *INL: Month* or *KNL: Month* for the kids’ list.
Some highlights from the Pre-Order Calendar, all added in recent weeks, include:
- The End of Everything by Katie Mack (Scribner, 9781982103545, Hardcover, $26, on sale August 4)
- The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline (William Morrow, 9780062356345, Hardcover, $27.99, on sale August 25) Added Value: 6-copy signed carton (carton ISBN: 9780063037779), limited signed quantities are available while supplies last, publisher will do their best to fulfill demand; store promo should include “limited supply” notice to customers.
- Snow by John Banville (Hanover Square Press, 9781335230003, Hardcover, $27, on sale October 6)
- Braiding Sweetgrass (Special Edition) by Robin Wall Kimmerer (Milkweed Editions, 9781571311771, Hardcover, $35, on sale October 13) Added Value: INDIE EXCLUSIVE $25 display coop deal when an account orders a 12-copy carton of the special edition; $25 is max coop that can be earned; special edition features a new introduction by the author, a stamped linen cloth jacket, and five color illustrations.
- Fortune and Glory by Janet Evanovich (Atria, 9781982154837, Hardcover, $28, on sale November 3
- D (A Tale of Two Worlds) by Michel Faber (Hanover Square Press, 9781335916747, Hardcover, $27, on sale December 8)
Every bookstore has the ability to take pre-orders, either in-store or online, if they have e-commerce capabilities. Booksellers can review the Pre-Order Calendar for more information.