Independent Bookstore Day - April
Sat, Apr 27, 2024

Independent Bookstore Day

Independent Bookstore Day is an American holiday dedicated to independent bookstores. It is celebrated every year on the last Saturday in April. For true book lovers, it’s the best place to find the book you want, the one you want to take home forever. You can also find those books that are not available in the city libraries.


The history of Independent Bookstore Day is devoid of details. Probably the holiday was created by the bookstores themselves or by their visitors.

Researchers believe that commercial trade began more than two thousand years ago in Rome. Around that time, private collectors began to appear who sold or bought back samples of books to others.

Today, book collectors have become a separate group, and trade in these printed editions has been conducted through special stores. They have established contacts with various publishers, which allows them to timely replenish their shelves and even bring in the required copies of books to order.

Interesting facts

  • The first bookstore in the United States opened in 1745 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
  • Every year independent bookstores today record an average 10% increase in sales, which is a great sign. The popularity of books is returning!
  • Reading books is a great workout for your visual memory and brain. You also become more erudite and develop creativity.

How to celebrate

Find out how many bookstores there are in your city or state. Visit them to purchase new books. Dedicate the day to reading. Try your hand at new genres!

Tell about the holiday on social networks. Ask users, do they like to read? Do they visit bookstores?

When is Independent Bookstore Day celebrated in 2024?

Independent Bookstore Day is observed on the last Saturday in April.


Weekday Month Day Year
Saturday April 27 2024
Saturday April 26 2025