Independent Bookstore Day

Independent Bookstore DayIndependent Bookstore Day (IBD) is a celebration of books, readers, and indie bookselling.

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. 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.

BookHampton will celebrate all day and will offer exclusive merchandise created especially for Independent Bookstore Day by major publishers and authors. Since its inception in 2014, more than 120 authors have demonstrated their support for independent bookstores by donating work for Bookstore Day. These limited edition, unique items will be available only on April 28. Not before. Not online. And not in chain stores!

In-Store Events:

  • Raffle: Sign up for our email newsletters and you’ll be entered into a raffle for a $25.00 gift card!

  • FIVE FREE Audiobooks + TWO FREE samplers, courtesy of!

The list of select audiobooks through our partner include the new release Tangerine by Christine Mangan, New York Times bestseller Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, and others which can be found HERE.

Be sure to create your account now so you will be ready to get your free audiobooks on April 28th and then come celebrate at the store!


IBD Book Club JournalThe Book Club Journal


Finally, a way for book clubs (or solo readers) to keep track of their reading lives! This beautifully designed journal has pages and prompts for writing your thoughts and opinions about the books you’ve read, keeping track of book club meetings, and more than 45 original, themed recommended reading lists from authors and booksellers around the country. Martin Cruz Smith gives us the “Real Russia” reading list. The booksellers at Parnassus in Nashville give us “Books narrated by non-humans.”

Includes reading lists from David Sedaris, John Waters, Lauren Groff, Stephen King, Martin Cruz Smith and more! Perfect-bound paperback, full color interior, 5.8” x 8.7”.

IBD A Book On The Table Flash FictionA Book on the Table: Flash Fiction 


This year’s $6 Story is a collection of flash fiction from great short story writers including A.M.Homes, Etgar Keret, Celeste Ng, Amy Bloom, and many others. Each story is only 200-1,000 words and must contain some mention of a book, bookstore, or library. The results range from hilarious to poignant to downright strange. It’s a wonderful mini anthology of the form. 

Paperback, 5” x 7”


IBD Dragons Love Books OnsiesDragons Love Books! Onesie


A super-soft onesie for bookish babies based on Adam Rubin’s bestselling Dragons Love Tacos books illustrated by the wonderful Daniel Salmieri. Daniel Salmieri has illustrated many fantastic picture books, including Secret Pizza Party and the New York Timesbestseller Dragons Love Tacos. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

100% cotton bodysuit, size 12 months.


IBD Whitehead Utility BagFight the Power Utility Pouch


This handy 100% cotton canvas zippered pouch (perfect for pencils, make up, cash, and other sundries) features a quote from Colson Whitehead’s inspirational National Book Award speech and design elements from the cover of Underground Railroad.    “BE KIND TO EVERYBODY. MAKE ART. FIGHT THE POWER.”

Colson Whitehead is the author of six novels, including his debut work, the 1999 novel The Intuitionist, and The Underground Railroad, for which he won the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction and the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He lives in New York City. 100% cotton canvas, zipper enclosure, 9” x 6”, Made in the USA.

Horton Plush Toy IBDRead With Me Horton Plush


“I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. An elephant’s faithful, one hundred percent!”  A 1940 Dr. Seuss classic is now an IBD exclusive with a pro-reading, indie message on his t-shirt. Faithful Horton, of Horton Hatches the Egg and Horton Hears a Who fame, is a true collectible and very cuddly. Back of t-shirt reads: READ WITH ME.  Front of t-shirt sports the IBD logo. 6” tall x 7” long x 3.5” wide

Ungrateful Mammals IBDUngrateful Mammals (Signed Exclusive Edition) EXTREMELY LIMITED


Each one of these special editions of Ungrateful Mammals has a unique cover hand drawn by Dave Eggers. They are true collector’s items with original works of art on each one. Books will arrive individually shrink-wrapped. Quantities are extremely limited. Before he embarked on his writing career, Dave Eggers was classically trained as a draftsman and painter. He then spent many years as a professional illustrator and graphic designer before turning to writing full-time. More recently, in order to raise money for Scholar Match, his college-access nonprofit, he returned to visual art. Eggers’s work has been nominated for the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Hardcover, 11” x 1” x 8” inches

Event date: 
Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 9:30am to 6:00pm EDT
Event address: 
41 Main Street
East Hampton, NY 11937