The three of us who founded BookTour were all authors before this here idea came to us. And anyone who publishes a book and goes on tour knows that there's no touring, no stops along that lonely road, no anything so pleasant as the warmly lit front window of one of our nation's great independent bookstores. They know you, they've probably read your book. There's probably a house cat with a name like "Melville". And cookies. Almost always cookies.
It was always our intention with BookTour to represent the breath of author-related events throughout the world. A major part of that task was events at neighborhood and homegrown bookstores. Except the trouble is neighborhood bookstores are all different (that's what makes them great). That made it hard to dump all their data into our hoppers in one go.
Until now. Thanks to some hard work and amiability on both our parts, Booktour is proud to announce a partnership with IndieBound, the nation's largest representative of independent booksellers. Now, throughout Booktour, events taking place at IndieBound-represented bookstores will be added automatically to our database. Equally important, on both author and venue pages, when an event is taking place at an IndieBound-repped store, you'll have the option to purchase the book directly from that store.
This brings us a giant step closer to our mission of cataloging as many of the world's author events as we can in one simple, free-to-use place.
Excuse us while we gush.