Quick! Get ready to turn off the tiny device you're reading this on and read things in print, because Independent Bookstore Day is coming to Portland this Saturday, and Annie Bloom's, Powell's, and Broadway Books are all participating in this special nationwide celebration of indie booksellers.
450 shops are taking part nationwide. Here's what's up in Portland.
Broadway Books is going all-out:
As in previous years, many publishers have created unique items for sale just on this day, and we are thrilled to offer some select books, posters, and adorable bookish onesies. Supplies of these items are very limited, so come early!
But don't worry, if you miss out on these items you can still take advantage of our special Independent Bookstore Day sale: Take 20% off any one item in the store. (And we'll apply it to your most expensive purchase.)
And there's more! Spend $75 or more and you can spin the Magic Lottery Wheel of Giddiness for special prizes, including book bling, Broadway Books gift certificates, and Advance Reading Copies.
Our very own Chris Miller will be performing music during the middle of the day, and we'll have yummy cookies to keep you going all day long!
Sign up for an account at Libro.FM prior to Independent Bookstore Day and you'll be able to download free digital audiobooks on that day, including The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck and A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace.
Cookies AND free audiobooks? SIGN ME UP.
Meanwhile, over at Annie Bloom's:
"Annie Bloom's will be celebrating all day long with fun activities: scavenger hunt, poster board, color-in postcards. We will also be selling unique items created exclusively for IBD, including Elephant & Piggie onesies, Jenny Lawson "Lost & Found" prints, Literary Cocktail Party books, and more!"
Shockingly, Powell's is also participating, so you've got your pick of good book-browsing options.
And look, we need our independent booksellers, and if you care about a free and open society where science is respected and presidential comma splices aren't tolerated, you should support them. It's the right thing to do.