The American Booksellers Association’s Pre-Order Calendar highlights an array of upcoming titles that indie booksellers can consider promoting for pre-order through their stores.
The calendar specifically features books with added value, such as signed copies and exclusive merchandise, to entice customers to order from their local indie bookstore, as well as big titles that have good pre-order potential. When available, titles on the calendar will also link to a page with publishers’ downloadable digital marketing assets.
New items available for pre-order are indicated by the date they were added in red. Titles featured in a pre-order ad in an upcoming Indie Next List flier will have the notation *INL: Month* or *KNL: Month* for the kids’ list.
Some highlights from the Pre-Order Calendar, all added in recent weeks, include:
- The Agitators: Three Friends Who Fought for Abolition and Women's Rights by Dorothy Wickenden (Scribner, 9781476760735, Hardcover, $30, on sale March 30)
- The Hard Crowd: Essays 2000-2020 by Rachel Kushner (Scribner, 9781982157692, Hardcover, $26, on sale April 6)
- Leonora in the Morning Light by Michaela Carter (Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster, 9781982120511, Hardcover, $27, on sale April 6)
- My Heart Is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones (Saga Press, 9781982137632, Hardcover, $26.99, on sale August 31)
Every bookstore has the ability to take pre-orders, either in-store or online, if they have e-commerce capabilities. Booksellers can review the Pre-Order Calendar for more information.