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“Spread the Indie Love” Bookseller Sweepstakes Launched by IBPA

Wednesday, November 6, 2019   (0 Comments)
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(Manhattan Beach, CA – November 6, 2019) -- At 10:00 AM PST today (November 6, 2019), the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) is excited to launch the “Spread the Indie Love” bookseller sweepstakes. Continuing through September 29, 2020 at 5:00 PM PDT, this nationwide sweepstakes aims to build stronger connections between bookstores and independently published books.

As part of the sweepstakes, booksellers are asked to post a photo on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram of themselves in their store holding a copy of IBPA’s “Indie Titles for Your Consideration” bookstore catalog along with a book featured in that catalog. The photo must tag IBPA (@ibpa) and include the hashtags #ibpalovesindies and #sweepstakes.

Each post counts as a single sweepstakes entry. Over the course of four rounds (timed to the release of the Winter 2019/2020, Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and Fall 2020 IBPA bookstore catalogs) forty booksellers will each win a $100 gift card. The winners will be chosen at random from all valid entries in that round.

"The 'Spread the Indie Love' bookseller sweepstakes is a fun way for booksellers to let their community know they carry independently published books in their store, and for IBPA to say 'thank you!' in a significant way," said Lee Wind, director of marketing and programming for IBPA. "For bookstores, their booksellers, and IBPA members, it’s a win-win-win situation. And it helps get more wonderful indie books into readers’ hands. Another win!"

Casey Poma of Pages: A Bookstore in Manhattan Beach, California shows how it's done!

3,500 booksellers will learn about the sweepstakes on the back cover of IBPA’s Winter 2019/2020 bookstore catalog. Featuring an interracial gay romance by Heidi Cullinan titled The Doctor's Secret (Dreamspinner Press; ISBN 978-1641081009) on the front cover, IBPA's Winter 2019/2020 bookstore catalog highlights how indie books drive diversity. A digital copy of the Winter 2019/2020 catalog is available here.

"I love the idea at the heart of the 'Spread the Indie Love' bookseller sweepstakes: indies supporting indies," said IBPA CEO Angela Bole. "IBPA is proud to sponsor this important sweepstakes and looks forward to broad participation from our bookseller friends.”

The official “Spread the Indie Love” bookseller sweepstakes rules can be found here.

For more information:
Contact Lee Wind, 310-546-1818,

IBPA's "Spread The Indie Love" sweepstakes ad as it appears on the back cover of the Winter 2019/2020 IBPA Bookstore Catalog

About the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)

Founded in 1983 to support independent publishers nationwide, the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) leads and serves the independent publishing community through advocacy, education, and tools for success. With over 3,100 members, IBPA is the largest publishing association in the US. Its vision is a world where every independent publisher has the access, knowledge, and tools needed to professionally engage in all aspects of an inclusive publishing industry. For more information, visit

About IBPA’s “Indie Titles for Your Consideration” Bookstore Catalog

Published quarterly, IBPA’s bookstore catalog introduces a selection of IBPA’s independent publisher and author publisher member titles to 3,500 chain and independent bookstore buyers across the U.S. The print bookstore catalog is mailed quarterly (November, March, June, September) to a mailing list that includes 1,100 IndieBound bookstores and 2,400 top accounts from Ingram. 750 copies of each catalog are also included in the American Booksellers Association’s Monthly Box Mailing program (January, April, July, and October) to their 750 most active and engaged IndieBound bookstores.

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