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 Deepest South of All: True Stories From Natchez, Mississippi by Richard Grant (Simon & Schuster, 9781501177828, Hardcover, $26, on sale September 1)
- Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosch (Gallery Books, 9781982156947, Hardcover, $30, on sale September 22)
- The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person by Frederick Joseph (Candlewick, 9781536217018, Hardcover, $17.99, on sale December 1)
- Lore by Alexandra Bracken (Disney-Hyperion, 9781484778203, Hardcover, $18.95, on sale January 5, 2021). Added Value: Indie Exclusive 6-copy signed carton (Carton ISBN: 9781368067652) and free merchandising kit (Kit ISBN: 9781368068864; includes 25 bookmarks, and 6 buttons); kits limited to 1 per store; orders due by 8/31/20; kits will ship by 10/30/20. Signed cartons and kits are limited, available while supplies last; see your Disney Book Group or Hachette Book group sales rep for details.
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.