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Independent Bookstore Day 2019

Visit Indie Bookstores Across Rhode Island on INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY with your offical RI Passport and you could be a winner!

Saturday, April 27th!


Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. This year Rhode Island bookstores will be celebrating all day on April 27th and you're welcome to join us by picking up a Rhode Island Passport at any of the participating stores, then carry on to visit 14 of the 15 stores. When your passport is stamped with 14 stores you will earn a coupon from each store AND be entered to win the grand prize! Scroll down for more info but start planning NOW and map out your route around Little Rhody!

Here at ISLAND BOOKS we will also have our fun and VERY popular give-away we call Speed Dating with Books. We've taken a ton of advance copies of recently or soon-to-be published books, and covered them in plain paper. Taped to the front of each wrapped package is a copy of the first page of the book. No title, no author, no image and no blurbs to sway your thinking. You can peruse the books, and based on your first impression, choose one to take home with you to enjoy over coffee, a drink or even in bed! We'll have both fiction and non-fiction to choose from, as well as a variety of books for young readers from toddlers to teens. We had such fun in past years and are excited again to see what you choose and if your first impressions hold true! PLUS, we have the greatest IBD Bibliophile Book Bags FREE with a $75 purchase that day (a $15 value)! Strong, attractive and FREE while they last so shop early!

Rhode Island Passport Participating Bookstores

1. Savoy Bookshop + Cafe, Westerly   2. ReReads Bookshop, Westerly   3. Island Bound Bookstore, New Shoreham   4.Wakefield Books, Wakefield   5. Island Books, Middletown   6. Ink Fish Books, Warren   7. Barrington Books, Barrington   8. Barrington Books, Cranston   9. Books on the Square, Providence   10. Brown University Bookstore, Providence   11. Twenty Stories, Pawtucket   12. Stillwater Books, Pawtucket   13. Symposium Books, Providence   14. Symposium Books at Waterfire, Providence   15. Riffraff Bookstore and Bar, Providence


Visit 14 of the 15 bookstores in our Rhode Island passport on Independent Bookstore Day and win a Passport Prize, plus be entered to win a Grand Prize!

Passport Prize: Awarded to everyone who completes the passport by visiting 14 of the 15 participating bookstores
A coupon from each of the 15 participating stores for 20% off a purchase on a future visit (some exclusions apply)

Grand Prize: Drawn at random from Passport Prize winners
One $25 gift certificate to each of the 15 participating bookstores (a $375 value)


  1. This event takes place during the day on Saturday, April 27 (Independent Bookstore Day), during each bookstore’s business hours.

  2. Participants can pick up a passport at any of the 15 bookstores on Independent Bookstore Day.

  3. Participants are required to visit 14 of the 15 bookstores on the list to qualify for the Passport Prize and gain entry to win the Grand Prize.

  4. No purchase is required to participate.

  5. Each participating bookstore will issue an original stamp in the passport during your visit.

  6. Upon completion of the passport, a bookseller at the final stop will review the stamps and confirm your eligibility to win. You will be asked to fill out a form with your contact information, which will be used to mail Passport Prizes and for entry into the Grand Prize.

  7. Participants are welcome to keep their passports.

  8. We will contact the Grand Prize winner that week, and all prizes will be mailed out within two weeks of Independent Bookstore Day.

  9. Coupons may not be used to purchase gift cards and are not redeemable for cash. Grand Prize gift cards are not redeemable for cash.

Any questions? Just stop by, give us a call (401.849.2665) or email!