OFFICIAL RULES

Indie Bookstore Day Giveaway

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. ENTRANTS MUST EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS OR OLDER AND LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES OR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

By participating, each entrant and participant (each, an “Entrant” and, collectively, the “Entrants”) agree to abide by and be bound by these official rules (“Official Rules”) and the decisions of Bookshop, Inc. (the “Sponsor”), which are final and binding in all respects and not subject to appeal.

  1. SWEEPSTAKES PERIOD: The “Indie Bookstore Day Giveaway” is a random draw sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”), which begins at 12:00:00 AM (midnight) Eastern Daylight Time (“EDT”) on Saturday April 24, 2021 and ends 11:59 PM EDT on Sunday April 25, 2021 (the “Sweepstakes Entry Period”). The sole determinant of time for the purposes of a valid Entry (as defined below) in the Sweepstakes will be the Sponsor’s clock.

  2. ELIGIBILITY: The Sweepstakes is open only to persons ages eighteen (18) years of age or older during the Sweepstakes Entry Period and who, as of the time of their Entry, are legal residents of, and physically located within, the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia (the “Territory”). Void outside of the Territory and where prohibited, taxed, or restricted by law. Officers, directors, employees, contractors, and agents of the Sponsor and its parent, subsidiary, affiliate, and related companies (collectively, the “Sweepstakes Entities”), as well as immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each such person, and any others engaged in the development, production, execution, or distribution of this Sweepstakes, are not eligible to participate in the Sweepstakes. “Immediate family member” shall be deemed to mean husband, wife, children, mother, father, sister, sister in-law, brother, or brother in-law of a person. The Sweepstakes may only be entered in or from the Territory and purported Entries (as defined below) originating from any other jurisdiction other than the Territory are not eligible for Entry. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply to this Sweepstakes.

  3. HOW TO ENTER (LIMIT ONE (1) ENTRY PER ENTRANT):

To enter the Sweepstakes, each Entrant must submit a the name of their favorite independently owned bookstore i the United States and/or a photograph of themselves at an independently owned bookstore in the United States. Independently owned means that the store is primarily engaged in the retail sale of books (more than 50% of its sales are books) and it is not one of multiple stores owned by the same owner (a chain store).

There are two (2) methods for an Entrant to enter the Sweepstakes: Social Media Post and Mail-In Entries (each as defined below) are collectively referred to as “Entries” and each, as an “Entry.”

Method #1 (“Social Media Post”):  During the Sweepstakes Entry Period post your entry on the Twitter social media platform to the address @Bookshop_Org, comment on the Instagram social media platform to the address @bookshop_org, or comment on the Facebook social media platform to @bookshop.org.

Method # 2 (“Mail-In Entries”): During the Sweepstakes Entry Period provide your full name, phone number, and email address on a piece of paper, insert the paper and, if applicable, your photograph into a stamped envelope addressed to Bookshop.org, 463 Lincoln Pl #200, Brooklyn, NY 11238, Attention: Indie Bookstore Giveaway. Mail-In Entries must be postmarked no later than April 23, 2021 and received by April 302021. Only one Entry per envelope. Regardless of the method of Entry used to enter the Sweepstakes, there is a limit of one (1) Entry per Entrant for the entire Sweepstakes Entry Period. Any attempt by an Entrant to obtain more than the stated number of Entries by using multiple or different identities and/or any other methods will void that Entrant’s Entry and may disqualify the Entrant from the Sweepstakes and/or future promotions, sweepstakes, or contests of the Sponsor. Entries submitted by anyone other than the Entrant are void. In case of dispute as to the identity of any Entrant, the Sponsor will declare the Entry made by the registered name and address on such Entry. Any potential Winner (as defined below) may be requested to provide the Sponsor with proof that such person is the Entrant by whom the winning Entry was submitted.

Only one (1) post or photo per Entrant may be submitted. Once submitted via Social Media Post, posts cannot be deleted, canceled, or modified. By uploading or mailing a post or photo, Entrant agrees that it conforms to these Official Rules and that the Sponsor may disqualify an Entrant from the Contest if it believes, in its sole discretion, that a post or photo fails to conform to the Official Rules.  

Submission Guidelines: The submission should not contain any profane or vulgar material. Any such submissions will be deleted and will not be considered for the Sweepstakes. The photo must be original and Entrant must own the rights to use it, including the right to grant the Sponsor permission to use the photo, as set forth herein. By submitting the post or photo, Entrant agrees that except where legally prohibited, Entrants chosen as winners grant (and agree to confirm that they grant in writing) permission for the Sponsor and those acting under the Sponsor’s authority to use Entrant’s name, photograph, and/or Social Media name (handle), for advertising, trade and/or publicity purposes without additional compensation in all media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide, without notice, review or approval. Photos must conform to the formats specified by the Sponsor which are: jpg, gif, or png file; there are no size requirements for the images.

  1. LIMITATIONS: Entrants who have not complied with these Official Rules are subject to disqualification and their respective applicable Entries will be void. The Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any Entry in the Sweepstakes if the Sponsor determines or suspects, in its sole and absolute discretion, that the Entrant who submitted the Entry or Entries in question has attempted to undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes by cheating, hacking, or other fraudulent, deceptive, or unfair acts, omissions, or playing practices. The Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, modify, or suspend the Sweepstakes at any time if, in the Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion, fraud, technical failures, or any other errors or other causes corrupt the administration, security, integrity, or proper operation of the Sweepstakes. In the event of cancellation, the Sponsor reserves the right to select the Winner from among all eligible Entries received up to the date and time of such cancellation in a manner determined by the Sponsor to be fair, appropriate, and consistent with these Official Rules, in the Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion.

The Sweepstakes Entities do not warrant or guarantee that access to the Sweepstakes will be uninterrupted. Neither the Sweepstakes Entities nor any of their respective present or future officers, directors, employees, contractors, affiliates, content partners, vendors, licensors, distributors, advertisers, other contracting parties, agents, representatives, successors, or assigns (individually and collectively, “Releasees”), are responsible for: (a) Entries from persons residing or physically located outside the Territory; (b) Entries that are altered, delayed, deleted, destroyed, forged, fraudulent, improperly accessed, inaccurate, incomplete, interrupted, irregular in any way, late, lost, misrouted, multiple, non-delivered, stolen, tampered with, unauthorized, unintelligible, or otherwise not compliant with these Official Rules; (c) lost, interrupted, or unavailable networks, servers, satellites, or websites, or other connection, availability, or accessibility problems arising in connection with or over the course of the Sweepstakes; (d) failure of personal computers and/or software and hardware configurations, any technical malfunctions, failures, or difficulties, printing errors, clerical, typographical, or other errors in connection with the administration of the Sweepstakes, the processing of Entries, or the offering or announcement of a Prize (as defined below) or in any Prize notification; (e) any other errors of any kind relating to or in connection with the Sweepstakes, whether human, mechanical, clerical, electronic, or technical in nature or otherwise; (f) the incorrect or inaccurate capture of information, or the failure to capture any information in connection with the Sweepstakes; (g) any changes to any website function that may interfere with the Sweepstakes or an Entrant’s ability to timely enter the Sweepstakes; or (h) damage to an Entrant or any other person or entity’s system occasioned by or arising from participation in this Sweepstakes or downloading any information necessary to participate in this Sweepstakes; even if caused by the negligence of any of the Releasees.

  1. THE PRIZE: Three Winners will each receive a one (1) $50.00 Bookshop.org gift card (the “Prize”) which can be used at www.bookshop.org to purchase books or other related products.  The Prizes will be emailed to the email address provided by each Winner upon the Winner’s acceptance of the offer in accordance with these Official Rules.

  2. PRIZE RESTRICTIONS:  Each Prize is non-transferable and non-assignable. No substitution, transfer, or cash redemption or equivalent of a Prize or any portion thereof is permitted, except at the Sponsor’s sole discretion or as otherwise provided herein. The Sponsor will not replace a Prize if lost or stolen. The Winner is solely responsible for all applicable federal, state, and local taxes, including taxes imposed on the Winner’s income. No more than the stated number of Prizes set forth in these Official Rules will be awarded. A potential Winner consents to the use of their name, photograph and Twitter name (handle) for promotional purposes in any and all media now known or hereafter discovered throughout the world and on the Internet, in perpetuity, without additional compensation or consideration, notification, or permission, unless prohibited by applicable law. Residents of the Tennessee will not be required to sign a publicity release as a condition of winning a Prize.

  3. DRAWING; ODDS: The Sponsor will select the winning Entrants (the “Winners”) in a random drawing from among all eligible Entries received on or about May 1, 2021. The odds of winning a Prize depend on the total number of eligible Entries received during the Sweepstakes Entry Period. Notwithstanding anything set forth herein to the contrary, each winning Entrant shall be considered a “potential Winner” unless and until verified and confirmed by the Sponsor as meeting the eligibility requirements to be the official Winner of this Sweepstakes set forth in these Official Rules.

  4. HOW TO CLAIM THE PRIZE: The potential Winners are each subject to verification and full compliance with these Official Rules before a Prize will be awarded. On or about two (2) business days following the random drawing, the potential Winner will be notified via telephone, email, or DM to confirm their mailing address and any additional information or responses required by the Sponsor. Once such information is received, the potential Winner will be sent an Affidavit of Eligibility (an “Affidavit”) by overnight delivery service or via email to the potential Winner’s address. At the sole discretion of the Sponsor, disqualification, forfeiture and the selection of an alternate Winner (if time permits) may result from any of the following: (a) the potential Winner’s failure to respond to telephone and/or email notification (as the case may be) within seventy-two (72) hours after transmission; (b) the return of an email notification as undeliverable after three (3) attempts; (c) the return of any other notification as undeliverable; (d) the potential Winner’s failure to provide the Sponsor with satisfactory proof of age, identity, and residency, as and when required; (e) the potential Winner’s failure to provide the Sponsor with satisfactory proof that they are the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the winning Entry, as and when required; (f) the potential Winner’s failure to provide any required additional information upon the Sponsor’s request, as and when required; (g) the potential Winner’s failure to execute and return a properly completed Affidavit within five (5) business days of its mailing/emailing; and/or (h) the potential Winner’s failure to comply in any way with these Official Rules. In the event of Prize forfeiture by potential Winner, the Sponsor may, in its sole and absolute discretion, award or not award the forfeited Prize to an alternate Winner. The Prizes will be awarded provided a sufficient number of eligible Entries are received, and the Prizes are validly claimed by May 31, 2021, after which no alternate Winner will be selected, nor unclaimed Prize awarded.

  5. PRIVACY POLICY: The Sponsor will collect personal data about Entrants online in accordance with its privacy policy. Please review the Sponsor’s privacy policy at https://bookshop.org/pages/privacy_notice. By participating in the Sweepstakes, each Entrant hereby agrees to the Sponsor’s collection and usage of their personal information and acknowledge that they have read and accepted the Sponsor’s privacy policy.

  6. INDEMNIFICATION AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: EACH ENTRANT AGREES TO RELEASE, DISCHARGE, HOLD HARMLESS, AND INDEMNIFY EACH OF THE RELEASEES FROM AND AGAINST ANY CLAIMS, DAMAGES, DISABILITY, ATTORNEYS’ FEES, AND COSTS OF LITIGATION AND SETTLEMENT, AS WELL AS ANY LIABILITY WHATSOEVER FOR INJURIES OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND SUSTAINED IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE, ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, MISUSE, OR AWARD OF THE PRIZE, WHILE PREPARING FOR, PARTICIPATING IN, AND/OR TRAVELING (IF ANY) TO OR FROM ANY PRIZE-RELATED OR SWEEPSTAKES-RELATED ACTIVITY, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY INJURY, DAMAGE, DEATH, LOSS, OR ACCIDENT TO PERSON, OR PROPERTY. EACH WINNER AGREES (AS BETWEEN THE SPONSOR OR SWEEPSTAKES ENTITIES AND SUCH WINNER) THAT THE PRIZE IS PROVIDED AS-IS WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY, REPRESENTATION, OR GUARANTEE, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, IN FACT OR IN LAW, WHETHER NOW KNOWN OR HEREINAFTER ENACTED, RELATIVE TO THE USE OR ENJOYMENT OF THE PRIZE, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ITS QUALITY, MERCHANTABILITY, OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. EACH ENTRANT AGREES THAT (I) ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, JUDGMENTS, AND AWARDS SHALL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL OUT OF POCKET COSTS INCURRED, INCLUDING COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH PARTICIPATING IN THIS SWEEPSTAKES, BUT IN NO EVENT ATTORNEYS’ FEES; AND (II) UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL ANY ENTRANT BE PERMITTED TO OBTAIN AWARDS FOR, AND EACH ENTRANT HEREBY WAIVES ANY AND ALL RIGHTS TO CLAIM, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, AND CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, AND ANY OTHER DAMAGES OTHER THAN FOR ACTUAL OUT OF POCKET EXPENSES AND WAIVES ANY AND ALL RIGHTS TO HAVE DAMAGES MULTIPLIED OR OTHERWISE INCREASED.

EACH ENTRANT UNDERSTANDS AND AGREES THAT ALL RIGHTS UNDER SECTION 1542 OF THE CIVIL CODE OF CALIFORNIA AND ANY SIMILAR LAW OF ANY STATE OR TERRITORY OF THE UNITED STATES ARE HEREBY EXPRESSLY WAIVED BY SUCH ENTRANT. SECTION 1542 READS AS FOLLOWS:

“CERTAIN CLAIMS NOT AFFECTED BY A GENERAL RELEASE. A GENERAL RELEASE DOES NOT EXTEND TO CLAIMS WHICH THE CREDITOR DOES NOT KNOW OR SUSPECT TO EXIST IN HIS OR HER FAVOR AT THE TIME OF EXECUTING THE RELEASE, WHICH IF KNOWN BY HIM OR HER MUST HAVE MATERIALLY AFFECTED HIS OR HER SETTLEMENT WITH THE DEBTOR.”

  1. GOVERNING LAW; VENUE: All issues and disputes concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Official Rules or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor or any Entrant, Sweepstakes Entity, or Releasee in connection with this Sweepstakes of these Official Rules shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the internal laws of the State of New York without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions that would cause the application of any other state’s laws. By participating, each Entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, this Sweepstakes or the Prize awarded (if applicable) shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively in the state courts located in New York, New York, and the Entrant waives all jurisdictional, venue, or inconvenient forum objections to such court.

  2. GENERAL: All applicable federal, state, and local laws apply to the Sweepstakes. Each Winner, by acceptance of a Prize, grants to the Sponsor, the other Sweepstakes Entities, and each of their respective designees the absolute right and license to use, publish, post, and/or display such Winner’s name, photograph, and Twitter handle in any and all media now known or hereafter devised (including, without limitation, online or in print, film, or television), throughout the world and on the Internet, in perpetuity, without additional compensation or consideration, notification, or permission, unless prohibited by applicable law. Any of the Sweepstakes Entities’ failure to or decision not to enforce any provision in these Official Rules will not constitute a waiver of that or any other provision. These Official Rules shall govern and prevail in the event of any conflict with any terms or conditions applicable to the Sweepstakes contained in these Official Rules and those contained in Sweepstakes-related materials. In the event that any provision is determined by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Official Rules shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein. The Sweepstakes Entities’ employees are not authorized to waive, modify, or amend any provision or provisions of these Official Rules in any manner whatsoever. ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT OR OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF LAW. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT, IN ITS SOLE AND ABSOLUTE DISCRETION, TO SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ANY SUCH INDIVIDUAL TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

  3. WINNERS’ LIST; OFFICIAL RULES: To receive the name of the Winner, send an email to Kevin Chau at kevin.chau@bookshop.org with WINNER “Indie Bookstore Day Giveaway” as the subject line.  Requests must be received by June 1, 2021. The identification of the Winner will be sent after the Winner has been verified. For a copy of these Official Rules, print this webpage or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope (except for Vermont residents, who may omit postage) to Bookshop.org, 463 Lincoln Pl #200, Brooklyn, NY 11238, Attention: Indie Bookstore Giveaway before the end of the Sweepstakes Entry Period.

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