Retailers Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day 2018

Independent Bookstore Day is an annual national celebration that takes place at indie bookstores across the United States during the first Saturday in April. The celebration highlights the unique aspects that each store posesses, and features author events, live music, food and beverages, scavenger hunts, kid events, art tables, readings, babecues, contests, and more. In addition, the events focus on experiences and merchandise you can only get on Independent Bookstore Day during the celebration - not before; not after; not online. 

"It’s clear that Independent Bookstore Day has become a red-letter day for indie bookstores and their customers,” said ABA CEO Oren Teicher. “Sales in the indie channel for the week of IBD this year were up 9.54 percent over sales in the comparable week in 2017, and in bookstores nationwide readers and book buyers enjoyed a wide range of fun activities and events that highlighted, once again, the unique role that independent bookstores play in connecting authors and readers and growing the larger community of the book."

This year, one of the featured items offered to retailers participating in the event was an exclusive edition of Jordia Bellaire and Vanesa Del Rey's REDLANDS VOLUME 1 from Image Comics. Sporting an original trade dress, REDLANDS VOLUME 1 is set in the mysterious town of Redlands, Florida. Run by a bloodthirsty matriarchal force, sacrifices are forced to be made to remain at the top. But someone is intent on removing these women from the top of the food chain, and he's ready to unleash their darkest secret but has seriously underestimated the lengths the townspeople will go to protect the new order of things.

Over 500 retailers participated in this year's Independent Bookstore Day which took place on April 28. Intending to increasing public awareness of the independent bookstore community. According to accounts reported by Publisher Weekly, several shops reported an increase in sales. Maggie Mae's Kids Bookshop in Wilmington, N.C. was one of the participating stores included in the round up. Owner Sho Roberts said, “We were able to work with nearby small businesses to offer free ice cream, bowling, and discounts. The day was a huge success and was almost as big as our grand opening on March 17th.”

For more information on Independent Bookstore Day, visit their website here. For the official American Booksellers Association recap, click here.


Snotgirl Volume 2 Snotgirl Volume 2
Image Comics
Lottie Person is a glamorous fashion blogger living her best life in L.A. — at least that’s what she wants you to think. CALIFORNIA SCREAMING finds Lottie putting the past behind her and trying to make the best of a bad situation — her life! >>
Ricanstruction: Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico Ricanstruction: Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico
Somos Arte
Ricanstruction: Reminiscing & Rebuiliding Puerto Rico is an anthology featuring contributions from writers and artists from the comic book industry with some of the most iconic comic book heroes of all time from DC: Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, and many others, including original stories also take us to the past to explore the beautiful history of PUERTO RICO. >>
Saga Volume 8 Saga Volume 8
Image Comics
After the traumatic events of the War for Phang, Hazel, her parents, and their surviving companions embark on a life-changing adventure at the westernmost edge of the universe. >>
The Walking Dead Volume 29 The Walking Dead Volume 29
Image Comics
Recent events have thrown Alexandria into turmoil, and now Rick, Dwight, Eugene and Negan all have something to prove. >>
Starfinder Roleplaying Game: Core Rulebook Starfinder Roleplaying Game: Core Rulebook
Blast off into a galaxy of adventure with the Starfinder Roleplaying Game! This massive 560-page hardcover rulebook is the essential centerpiece of the Starfinder Roleplaying Game, with rules for character creation, magic, gear, and more—everything you need to play Starfinder as either a player or Game Master! >>
 Lulu Is A Rhinoceros Lulu Is A Rhinoceros
Wicked Cow Studios
Everyone thinks Lulu is a bulldog, but she knows that can't be true, because Lulu is a Rhinoceros-that is what she sees staring back at her when she looks in the mirror. But sometimes, being yourself can be a difficult road to walk. And just when all hope seems lost, Lulu finds a small friend that makes a big difference in her life when she realizes that the courage to be herself has been inside of her all along. >>
Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting
Green Ronin Publishing
Until now, the wondrous and dangerous lands of Tal'Dorei have been the sole stomping grounds of the show's adventuring company, Vox Machina. But now, you can explore these realms in a tome from the pen of Game Master Matt Mercer himself! >>
 Starfinder Roleplaying Game: Pact Worlds Starfinder Roleplaying Game: Pact Worlds
From the cosmopolitan corridors of Absalom Station to the carnivorous jungles of Castrovel or the floating cloud-cities of the gas giant Bretheda, this hardcover rulebook is your guide to Starfinder’s core worlds and civilizations, and the perfect place to launch any adventure. >>
Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs Volume 2 Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs Volume 2
Ghost Ship
Homeless and haunted by ghosts, high schooler Kogarashi thinks his luck has finally turned when he finds Yuragi-sou-a cheap boarding house that was formerly a hot springs inn, now full of super sexy, scantily clad female tenants. >>
 Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess Book 5 Princeless: Raven the Pirate Princess Book 5
Action Lab
Six weeks have passed since the attack on the ship and the loss of Sunshine. Now everyone is trying to get back to normal, including Ximena, who has been putting off confessing her feelings for the love of her life. Now she’s finally ready to try and make it work, but is this relationship cursed? >>