Candlewick Press is the latest publisher to cook up special offers for independent bookstores transitioning away from Baker & Taylor as it shutters its retail wholesale business.

Candlewick's long-standing programs CHIRP, which supports indie handselling, and CHIRP Evergreen, which supports promotion of backlist titles, as well as a special program for new stores, will remain in place. In addition, Candlewick offers indies the following:

  • A seasonal backlist stock offer, providing additional discount and dating, now with a reduced unit minimum and availability multiple times per season
  • The Top 150 for Indies catalog, which lists titles eligible for this offer, is now live on Edelweiss
  • A new wholesale offer for indie bookstores that have book fair adjuncts.
  • Participation as a client publisher in PRH’s “Indie Express” program for bookstores that had been ordering exclusively from B&T

"Candlewick is committed to supporting our independent bookselling partners, especially during this period of change," John Mendelson, Candlewick’s senior v-p of sales, said. "We hope that our new and existing special offers contribute to the vitality of a diverse retail marketplace.”

For more information, booksellers should contact their Candlewick sales representative directly, or email Elise Supovitz at