Independent Bookstore Day

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Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9:00am

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Independent Bookstore Day

Just what does IBD celebrate?

Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent.

The 2018 IBD author ambassador Celeste Ng says, “My favorite thing about independent bookstores is that they all have their own distinct personalities: each reflects not just the tastes but also the ideals of its community. From the second you walk in, you get a sense of what the people who shop there know and enjoy—as well as what's currently on their minds, what they want to learn, and what they value: in short, what kinds of people they want to be. Bookstores are more than just repositories of knowledge, they’re living, breathing, evolving representations of our best selves. I love Independent Bookstore Day because it asks readers, writers, and booksellers to join in celebrating all that bookstores represent. It's a gathering to remind ourselves that the written word can change both us and the world, and of what’s possible when we all come together.”

In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism.  They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. And they are at your service.


Don't miss the way-cool, exclusive merchandise only available at independent booksellers like KBB! 

Below are a few examples. (Quantities limited!)



Exclusive Charles Bukowski Vinyl Record

Features exclusive selections and additional material from the Run with the Hunted recording session. This is real Bukowski in his real voice, sandpaper and all. In 1993, the year before he died, Bukowski recorded and published selections from his classic Run with the Hunted. This exclusive vinyl edition features these selections along with additional material from that recording session including candid conversations between Bukowski, his wife Linda Lee Bukowski, and his producer. This is a true must-have for the Bukowski fan.

On the Come Up

On the Come Up Exclusive Journel with Bound-In Author Letter

In this full-color illustrated journal, start getting your OWN ideas down and find inspiration in a letter from Thomas and quotes from On the Come Up! Author Angie Thomas is known for characters who learn the power of their own voices and, in speaking out, change the community and world around them. But whether it’s Starr from The Hate U Give, Bri from On the Come Up, or Angie herself—it all starts with the ideas.

Wings of Fire

Wings of Fire Stories

This exclusive mini-book contains 2 short stories never before in print, and a letter from Tui.

Atlas Obscura

FREE:  Atlas Obscura's Literary Wonders

A booklover’s mini-guide from the creators of the bestselling Atlas Obscura. Discover secret libraries, esoteric books, and sites famous literary works and happenings. A must-have for all readers who wander.

Adichie Zippered Canvas Pouch

Adichie Canvas Pouch

This handy 100% cotton canvas zippered pouch (perfect for pencils, make up, cash, and other sundries) features featuring a quote from Chimamanda Ngozo Adichie’s “We Should All be Feminists”.

Adjustment Day

Exclusive SIGNED Edition of Adjustment Day

This IBD-only special edition will pub on Bookstore Day, 3 days before the official paperback release. Adjustment Day, the author’s first novel in four years, is an ingeniously comic work in which Chuck Palahniuk does what he does best: skewer the absurdities in our society.

Fight Evil, Read Books

Fight Evil, Read Books Enamel Pin

The message for our era, brought to you by a special partnership between Pantheon and Out of Print. Show your reader pride and fight evil with this IBD-exclusive!

Girl Who Drank the Moon

Exclusive Signed Edition of The Girl Who Drank the Moon With Free Vinyl Stickers

We have an exclusive signed edition of the 2017 Newberry Award winning middle grade novel The Girl Who Drank the Moon (a huge indie favorite). The IBD edition also includes a set of high-quality vinyl stickers.

Our Gift to You: Free Audiobooks from only on Bookstore Day

This Independent Bookstore Day, we want to thank you for supporting Katy Budget Books with a gift of free audiobooks. Made possible through our audiobook partner,, there is no cost or commitment required. Simply create your free account before April 27th and you’ll receive free audiobooks for being a KBB customer.


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