Saturday, April 11, 2009

Buy Indie Day

Have you heard about Buy Indie Day?

Buy Indie Day is May 1, 2009. The idea is to rally book lovers around independent bookstores and have a day where folks go to their favorite independent bookstore and buy a book. It's the brainchild of best-selling author Joe Finder, who's proposing it as a way to advocate for and raise the profile of independent bookstores nationwide, and world-wide. There's even a Facebook page you can join.

So how can you participate, besides going to your favorite indie and buying a book?

Blogger Kevin Guilfoile, who's written a terrific post on Buy Indie Day, suggests announcing on your blog where and when you're planning to shop ahead of time- and spread the word. On your blog. On Twitter. On Facebook. Where ever you live and play online.

If you don't have an independent bookstore in your area, or you're not able to get out that day, you can also participate online. IndieBound.org can link you to indie bookstores- simply go to their website, click on "Find Bookstores," and you're off and running.

There's a lot of talk about the value on independent bookstores, so Buy Indie Day is an opportunity to come out and show that we mean what we say.

Me? I'll be going to Porter Square Books in Cambridge, a great neighborhood indie. And I already know what book I want!

IF YOU PLAN TO PARTICIPATE in one way or another- blogging, buying, etc.- I would love to know so I can set up a list of blogs and we can visit each other on May 1 to see what we're all up to!

IF THERE IS NO INDIE BOOKSTORE IN YOUR AREA, use zip code 02138 or 02115 to locate one in the Boston area that will ship! No excuses! :-P

15 comments:

Michele said...

Thanks for supporting independent bookstores! Porter Square is a wonderful bookstore.

Marie said...

Michele- wow that was FAST!

Molly said...

This is a GREAT idea! I will blog about it and this provides the perfect excuse for me to drive to Lawrence, KS and shop at my favorite used bookstore, The Dusty Bookshelf.

Michele said...

Well, I seem to be glued to Twitter. I need help with this :p

candyschultz said...

Unfortunately there are no independents left in my area. I used to work in the one and only until it went out of business when both Borders and B&N opened stores here. I have to drive quite a ways to find an independent store any more. There is a decent used bookstore nearby thankfully.

Marie said...

Candy, that's why I left the Indiebound.org link. :-) Use my zip code, 02138, to find a Boston-area indie that will ship to you if there's not one around you!

wisteria said...

I am a huge proponent of Indie bookstores. I plan on shopping at The Hickory Stick in Washington, CT.
http://www.hickorystickbookshop.com/

I will be having a contest to celebrate my blog anniversary, so look for that. The raffle will be for an AExpress Gift Card so that the winner will be able to shop at an independent bookstore.

Thanks for blogging about this.
Wisteria
www.bookwormsdinner.blogspot.com

charley said...

I work at an independent bookshop, so I am all about this.

Jew Wishes said...

I ordered from an Indie store.

This award that I'm giving you will show up Sunday after midnight.

http://jewwishes.wordpress.com/2009/04/12/jew-wishes-on-sunday-scene-april-12-2009/

~~Lorri

ANovelMenagerie said...

An award is awaiting you at A Novel Menagerie in the Sunday Salon Post.

Brandy said...

Porter Square Books returns the love you gave it in a post they made today! http://portersquarebooksblog.blogspot.com/2009/04/buy-indie-day.html

They really are a great store, and I'm not just saying that because my husband used to work there.

Marie said...

Brandy- thank you for pointing this out! :-)

Fibro Witch said...

I'm one of those people who buys indie every day. I guess it helps to be dating an guy who owns a comic book store. Wicked tight with a guy who owns the local science fiction store.

May 1st was a good pick for the day. The very next day May 2nd is Free Comic Book day. I am a fan of any day that encourages reading.

I'll be blogging about both days, could you mention free comic book day? Free comic book day Since you have 94 more followers than I do...

Marie said...

Jan, I will post about Free Comic Book Day. And I'm participating too of course! :-)

MartaSzabo said...

I joined the Facebook event page and have announced on Twitter. Called my local bookstore to make sure they knew. They had vaguely heard of it, but I am into this & will spread the word.