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Celebrate Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week (BBW) is here and it's time to celebrate those authors whose voices have been challenged under the auspices of censorship. From September 24-30, 2017, indie bookshops, libraries, large bookstores, publishers, and writers' organizations will celebrate books that have battled with censorship.

Participate in Banned Books Week

This year, the Banned Books Week Coalition (BBWC) of associations and book distributors, including Ingram Content Group, invites independent booksellers to participate in activities related to the concept of censorship. Whether you create a window display showcasing banned books, hold in store events, or join the #BannedBooksWeek conversation on social media, start your celebration of BBW by making your titles available to all readers.

Celebrate the Freedom to Read

Can you imagine not having been allowed to read Of Mice and Men? Or I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings? Or Harry Potter?! All these books have been challenged at one time or another. BBW is the time writers, readers, bookshops, advocacy groups, and others stand up for the right to read. Independent booksellers can fight censorship by participating in this celebration and stocking up on banned books before BBW.

Celebrating Banned Books Week means celebrating the freedom to read, a First Amendment right that should be appreciated, defended, and upheld. Readers celebrate their power over censorship by purchasing, reading, and discussing banned books. This kind of intellectual freedom is aided by indie booksellers who promote the sale and reading of banned books. Take advantage of Ingram's special discount  to stock up on diverse titles before BBW and create a display that will encourage community participation, good reading -- and sales.

Claim Your Discount

In support and celebration of the freedom to read, Ingram Content Group and American Booksellers for Free Expression have teamed up to offer a promotion on banned and challenged books. Place a qualifying order of 25 or more units and receive a 3% discount on initial and subsequent orders. Not only do you receive a discount, but we will provide our indies with the BBW poster to showcase in store. Make sure to check out the full list of banned books here.

Independent booksellers can contact their Ingram sales representative, or Ingram Customer Care by phone at (800) 937-8200, or via email at for more information and/or to order books. Because encouraging our communities to read and talk about banned books is a great way to observe BBW and our right to read, Ingram is proud to help indie booksellers make that happen.