Buy Indie Day

May 1st has been declared Buy Indie Day. The idea: buy one book—paperback, hardcover, audiobook, whatever you want!—at an independent bookstore near you.

I think writer Kevin Guilfoile said it well when he posted:

"There's an opportunity here to make something very cool happen—near simultaneous, informal meet-ups of readers and writers in independent bookstores all over the country—and it can happen with practically no effort at all."

You can RSVP, invite friends and discuss with other indie shoppers on Buy Indie Day's Facebook page, and find an indie bookstore near you on the Indie Store Finder map.

Where you will be buying indie on May 1st?

April is Genocide Prevention Month

The Genocide Prevention Project and the American Booksellers Association have partnered to help commemorate April as Genocide Prevention Month, and developed the Books of Conscience list.

The books selected testify to the historical realities and human tragedies of genocide—and the acts of courage and commitment of those dedicated to fighting genocide.

Browse through the list here and look for a Genocide Prevention Month display at your local, independent bookstore.

For more information and to get involved, visit

Emma and Gina Shop Indie & Local

Another indie video! This one's from Gina in Berkeley, CA, and features lots of indie businesses, like Pegasus Fine Books. Thank you, Gina (and Emma)!!

IndieBound Affiliate Program

We've made some major updates to our Affiliate Program! In addition to the awesome ability to link to indie bookstores nationwide, here's what else is new:

  • Use your Affiliate ID in a link to any page on, like the Indie Next List or a Wish List (or my Wish List)
  • Simpler linking syntax (see here)
  • Affiliate links now set session cookies, so you'll reap the benefits of continued user shopping—on IndieBound and indie bookstore websites

And coming soon: online sales tracking through IndieBound, and customizable blog widgets for Indie Bestsellers, Wish Lists, or any list of books you choose!

Use to link to books and you:

  • Support indie bookstores
  • Support local communities nationwide
  • Support choice, diversity, and free expression

Any questions? Let me know!

April is National Poetry Month

Horace wrote in his Ars Poetica, "A mediocrity in poets neither gods, nor men, nor even the booksellers' shops have endured." Never fear, Horace—booksellers have recommended some decidedly non-mediocre titles for the 2009 Poetry Indie Next List.

National Poetry Month is upon us! As usual there are many ways to celebrate, first and foremost by reading some poetry. Check out the titles above and find a bookstore near you at which to browse.

You can also check read a Poem-A-Day, put a poem in your pocket, and my favorite: take part in the Free Verse Project on and flickr.

Record Store Day 2009

On Saturday, April 18, 2009, hundreds of independently-owned music stores across the country will celebrate Record Store Day. Record Store Day gives music stores and their fans a chance to celebrate the culture and unique place that they occupy both in their local communities and nationally.

What's Record Store Day all about? Check out this episode of Stuck in Vermont from RSD 2008 featuring Pure Pop Records to see what it's like.

Unchained success

The Boston Globe covered the Brookline Booksmith's recent growth and success in the face of recession, noting that most independent bookstores are "proving surprisingly sturdy in a stormy economy."

In addition to the Booksmith, several Massachusetts stores are doing well right now: Porter Square Books and Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, Newtonville Books in Newton, Buttonwood Books & Toys in Cohasset, Willow Books & Cafe in Acton, and Book Ends in Winchester.

"I do think there's a swing back to valuing local and independent," said Booksmith manager Dana Brigham. "Small and local can be good places to do business and very healthy for your community."

"There's a standard line that the independents are collapsing and they're all going to disappear soon. I think that's a little dated," said John Mutter, editor of the online newsletter Shelf Awareness.

Read the article here!

Aaron says Shop Local with IndieBound

Aaron of Aaron's Books explains exactly how and why to shop local! Thanks, Aaron (and Sam)!

My Home Town

This video comes to us from Lexie Smith, an NYU student from Westchester County, NY. Thanks, Lexie!

Can't wait to see your video!

Shop Local Los Angeles

First entry in our video contest! This video comes to us from Guinevere of Los Angeles, CA, "where the streets are filled with independent businesses, just waiting for you to discover them."

Can't wait to see your video!

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