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Shop Books Inc. on Small Business Saturday

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Stop by your local Books Inc. on Small Business Saturday


In 2019, shoppers came together to support their local communities more than ever. The 10th Annual Small Business Saturday hit a record high with an estimated $19.6 billion in reported spending.

As with all facets of life, the bookselling industry has been directly affected by Covid-19. For everyone's safety, there are extra steps being taken at our own warehouse (as well as at publishing houses and our book distributor) to be sure packaging of books are done in the safest and most sanitary ways possible. While we are doing our best to fulfill orders as quickly as possible, this does have an affect on usual shipping and packaging times, which may result in delays as things pick up during this holiday shopping season. 

In addition, we're doing our best to plan around a supply issue surrounding the two major book printers based in the US: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/27/books/printing-companies-backlog-book...

We are of course committed to getting all orders out as efficiently as possible, but do be aware that shopping early for the holidays is the best way to help ensure that your gift items arrive to you in time for the holiday season. 

Thank you so much for supporting Books Inc. during these times, we wouldn't be able to do what we do without your patronage and we truly appreciate each and every customer.


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*Please Note: An RSVP via Eventbrite is required. Select your preferred RSVP option below to attend. Zoom information will be sent out closer to the event date.*

Which scientific landmark in San Jose moonlights as a mausoleum? Where can you find sacred street-food that will bring you closer to enlightenment? What's the real story behind Sarah Winchester's mysterious house? Find the answers to these and other questions you didn't know you had in Secret San Jose: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure. From player pianos to disappearing lakes, ghost towns, and buried limbs, this unconventional guidebook will take you through bizarre and fascinating stories that define San Jose's history and shaped this one-of-a-kind city. Whether you are a life-long San Jose resident, new transplant, or first-time visitor, local travel writer Cassie Kifer will introduce you to quirky and beautiful places and share stories about the city that never get told. Part tour and part scavenger hunt, this guide will take you to some of the weirdest and most wonderful places in Northern California's biggest and most misunderstood city.

Shop with Books Inc. and and Get a Free Audiobook courtesy of our partners at Libro.fm

When you spend at least $15 at Books Inc. from Wednesday, November 25th through Monday, November 30th*, you’ll get to choose one of the year’s bestselling audiobooks below for free from Libro.fm.

  1. Spend $15 at an independent bookstore–anywhere in the world–between Wednesday, November 25th to Monday, November 30th by midnight PDT. Be sure to keep your receipt!
  2. Submit a copy of your digital or physical receipt through this form by Tuesday, December 1st by midnight PDT.
  3. Look out for an email on Wednesday, December 2nd with the redemption link for your free audiobook.
  4. Redeem your audiobook by 9pm PDT on December 30th.
  5. Enjoy listening!



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Join Dan Rather for an intimate and timely discussion on "What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism" in support of independent bookstores.

About this Event

On Wednesday, December 2, at 7 pm ET / 4 pm PT, join Dan Rather for a discussion on his book What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism.

“In my many travels over the years, I have often sought out independent bookstores because you can learn a lot about a place from its bookstores,” Rather said. “These are often idiosyncratic and surprising places, the kinds of uniquely local institutions that tie communities together.”

With a storied career that has spanned more than six decades, Rather has earned his place as one of the world’s best-known journalists. In his latest book, Rather reflects on patriotism and what brings Americans together at this critical moment in our national identity. He looks to the book’s title not as a question, but as a plan of action, a path forward for the country.

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Click below to purchase a copy of What Unites Us -- RSVP via the above link is required to attend the event.


Event date: 
Saturday, November 28, 2020 - 9:00am
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One of Books Inc.’s favorite aspects of being booksellers is getting the chance to welcome and host hundreds of authors a year, from house-hold names to local, debut authors and we look forward to continuing to provide the Bay Area with “The Experience You Can’t Download” in our stores when we can assure authors and guests that it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we are working on an exciting list of virtual events for both adults and children and we look forward to exploring this new format with you.

Sales equate success, and as with in-store events, booksales made from an independent bookstore benefit the author, publisher, and lead to future event bookings. Please help us keep the Bay Area the wonderful literary hub that it is by supporting your local Books Inc.