#IndiesforIndies

As an independent publisher, we want to thank independent bookstores for all their hard work during the COVID–19 pandemic.

These small but mighty businesses have risen to these challenging times. Many are offering local delivery right to your doorstep. How incredible is that?

Stay safe. Shop local.

#IndiesforIndies Find your local bookstore: http://open-book.ca/News/Your-Community-Your-Bookstore

Next Generation Indie Book Award News

CONGRATULATIONS Leslie Vryenhoek and Kevin Major!

Leslie’s book We All Will Be Received won the Next Generation Indie Book Award for Suspense and Kevin’s book Land Beyond the Sea was a finalist in the Historical (Fiction) category.

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards will be presented live on Facebook Friday June 26, 2020 at 9:30 pm (Newfoundland Time)/9:00 pm (Atlantic Time)/8:00 pm (Eastern Time)/ 5:00 pm (Pacific Time).

Next Generation Indie Book Awards 2020 Award Winner!

Atlantic Book Awards Finalists

CONGRATULATIONS Kevin Major, Gemma Hickey, and Terry Doyle!

Atlantic Book Awards & Festival

Land Beyond the Sea by Kevin Major & Almost Feral by Gemma Hickey are both shortlisted for the APMA Best Atlantic-Published Book Award.

Almost Feral by Gemma Hickey is also shortlisted for the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award – Non-Fiction.

And DIG by Terry Doyle is shortlisted for the Alistair MacLeod Prize for Short Fiction and the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award – Fiction.

Full list of finalists available here.

Award News

We’ve gotten plenty of great award news recently and want to extend hearty congratulations to:

50% OFF Sale Extended

Due to popular demand, we’re extending our 50% OFF site-wide sale! That means you have more time to shop the best in kid’s books, cookbooks, novels, nonfiction, and more!

Stay at home. Read at home.

50% off all titles, print and digital, until May 31. Use the code READATHOME at checkout.

$8 flat-rate delivery in St. John’s and Mount Pearl, NL. Regular Canada Post/UPS rates outside.

100% of e-book sales will go to authors.

Your support means so much to us, and our authors, especially during these uncertain times. Thank you for supporting local, independent, and for choosing Breakwater.

Stay at home. Read at home. With Breakwater Books. 50% off all products, print and digital. Sale extended until May 31. www.breakwaterbooks.com. Enter promo code READATHOME at checkout.

50% OFF SITE-WIDE

Stay at home. Read at home.

50% off all titles, print and digital, until April 30. Use the code READATHOME at checkout.

$8 flat-rate delivery in St. John’s and Mount Pearl, NL. Regular Canada Post/UPS rates outside. Free worldwide shipping on orders of $100 or more.

100% of e-book sales will go to authors.

Your support means so much to us, and our authors, especially during these uncertain times. Thank you for supporting local, independent, and for choosing Breakwater.

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Read Aloud Program

Our full repertoire of books is available to educators and librarians doing online story-times! Let’s share stories and get through this together.

“As we collectively grapple with school closings and the shift to online learning, we want to help ensure educators and librarians can confidently bring Canadian stories and literature to students and others during this challenging time.

Many Canadian publishers have received requests from educators and librarians seeking permission to read part of or all of a book and to share a video of the reading for ‘online story-time’.

In response, the Association of Canadian Publishers has formed the Read Aloud Canadian Books Program with Access Copyright.”

Learn more: https://www.accesscopyright.ca/read-aloud/

1 Million Books to Low-Income Families during COVID-19

Books are essential and everyone deserves access to them. That’s why we’re so happy to support this amazing initiative by First Book Canada

“The campaign aims to get 1 million books to children who don’t have home libraries or Internet access…

Canadian publishers who have committed books to the program include Kids Can Press, Penguin Random House Canada, HarperCollins Canada, Breakwater Books, Simon & Schuster Canada and Inhabit Media. Donations are also being made by distributors like Raincoast Books and Publishers Group Canada and the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.”

Our Response to COVID-19

COVID-19 continues to develop and spread, and we understand that everyone is facing many challenges during this time. We are committed to doing our part – the health of our customers, authors, and staff is of the utmost importance to us.


Effective end of day Wednesday, March 18:

  • Our retail shop at 1 Stamp’s Lane, St. John’s, will be closed to the public;
     
  • Our offices will be closed as staff commence working from home for the foreseeable future. While working from home, staff will still be accessible during regular business hours via phone and email. Behind the scenes, our management team will continue to monitor incoming orders/shipments to maintain availability of our books;
     
  • All in person meetings and author events will be postponed.

Supporting local authors remains a key priority for us during this time. Here are some great ways you can help us support local authors too:

  • Though our shop is closed, all of our books, eBooks, and audiobooks remain available for purchase via our website. This time of social distancing presents a great opportunity to catch up on those books you always wanted to read or discover new authors you haven’t read yet.
     
  • From March 18 to April 1, we’re offering up to 50% OFF SELECT EBOOKS AND AUDIOBOOKS purchased on our website. A full list of participating titles is available here. Additional titles will be added over the duration of the sale, so check back regularly.
     
  • We’re also working on some online author events to help our authors reach their audiences and fans during this time. Please stay tuned to our website and social media for updates.
  • And share your thoughts about any books you read online – Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Amazon/Indigo reviews, Instagram – word of mouth and reader recommendations are one of the strongest influences on author and book discoverability. Your feedback can directly help authors find new audiences!