Tuesday, September 4, 2012

National Buy A Book Day - Sept. 7, 2012

I had never heard of National Buy a Book Day until today - probably because it's only been around a couple  years  and hasn't become fully recognized yet.  However, I love the idea of it.  The gist is that on September 7th, you are encouraged to buy a new book at full price from a local bookstore.  The purpose is to promote the publishing industry as a whole: the authors, publishers, and bookstores who provide us with the books we love.  Buying a new book at full price ensures full profit for all involved.

Now, as an indie author, I personally want to promote this day as a day in which you should go to your local independent bookstore and buy a new book at full price. It would also be awesome if you can find an independent author's book there too :).   I have nothing against the big box bookstores, but though they may be struggling, independent book stores are typically faring worse.  

Of course, I believe that people should support their local bookstores, independent or otherwise, throughout the year, but I look at this like Mother's Day or Father's Day.  You should show them you care year-round, but you should still take a day to really show them exactly how thankful you are for all that they do.

So, on September 7th, go out to your local independent bookstore, buy a full priced book for yourself and/or a friend, and show them that they have your support.  The bookstores, authors, publishers, and your brain, will thank you.

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Brian Beam

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