Independent Bookstore Day

Countdown to Independent Bookstore Day: April 26, 2025

One Day. Fifty States. Over a Thousand 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 ups are open October 11–November 8, 2024. 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 11, 2024–March 31, 2025.



3. Celebrate on Independent Bookstore Day

Plan an in-store or online celebration for April 26, 2025. We’ve compiled lots of ideas below and from what bookstores have planned in past years.


2025 Assets


Independent Bookstore Day Logo2025 Logos, Posters & Graphics for Promoting

Available Winter 2024

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


Independent Bookstore Day Catalog 2024Indie Bookstore Day 2025 Catalog

Available October 4, 2024!

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, Director of Membership
Courtney Grasso, IndieCommerce Support Specialist
Emma Shah, Member Relations Manager & Special Projects Assistant
Kate Brennan, Production & Design Manager
Britt Camacho, DEIA & Communications Senior Copy Editor


Advisory Committee

Gael LeLamer, Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL
David Huthcinson, The Book Tavern, Augusta, GA
Claudette Robertson, Deer Clan Books, Bethany OK
Lauren Puckette, Birch Tree Bookstore, Leesburg, VA
Claudia Vega, Whose Books, Dallas, TX
Haley Calvin, The Novel Neighbor, Webster Groves, MO
Dana Welshans, Showbound Books, Marquette, MI
Kim Behzadi, Read It & Eat Bookshop, Buffalo, NY
Susan Tunis, Bookshop West Portal, San Francisco, CA
Sammie Verella, Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville, IL
Nathaniel Hattrick, Saltwater Bookshop, Kingston, WA
Eliza Brown, The Eric Carne Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA
Claire Bone, Wild Sisters Book Company, Sacramento, CA
Eileen McCormick, Green Apple Books, San Francisco, CA
Teri Den Herder, UC San Diego Bookstore, San Diego, CA
Kimberly Brock, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH
Lily Taliaferro, Eagle Harbor Book Co., Bainbridge Island, WA
Andrew Devrell, Books on the Square, Providence, RI










ABRAMS • Andrews McMeel Publishing • Blackwing • Chronicle Books • Diamond Book Distributors • HarperCollins • HarperCollins Children’s Books • Holiday House • Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group • Out of Print • Rebel Girls • The Quarto Group • Scholastic • Unnamed Press • The YGS Group


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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