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Exciting updates on our MMBS: scholarship assistance, prizes, and more!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, February 19, 2020

MMBS logoBinc wants to help SIBA help you! We have $300 to help booksellers who need assistance attending a MMBS event. Do you need gas money, or financial assistance to help offset paying staff while you are out of the store? Let us know what you need and we'll let you know how we can help with funding. Email Linda-Marie with your requests.

But wait, there’s more! We’re awarding special prizes to attendees of the March Madness Bookseller Series.

  • SIBA will award one SIBA 2020 Discovery Show All-Pass (a ticket to all meals) to a SIBA-member attendee of each MMBS event (only one All-Pass per member).
  • SIBA will award one free trip to the SIBA 2020 Discovery Show (in NOLA!) from a drawing of all SIBA-member attendees to MMBS events.

We have such a fabulous line-up of educational offerings, many of which feature author luncheons, an afternoon store tour, and networking opportunities. What are you waiting for? Sign up today and you can release any FOMO right now.

View our full MMBS schedule and register.

Tags:  Bookseller education  MMBS 

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Galleys and Giveaways: Asperfell

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, February 17, 2020

Asperfell by Jamie Thomas
Uproar Books, Feb. 18, 2020
trade paperback, $18.50
ISBN: 9781949671063

"Wonderfully inventive... Sure to win over fantasy readers." -Publishers Weekly

Just released this week, ASPERFELL is a lavishly written gothic fantasy for YA & New Adult readers who love Jane Austen but wish she’d dabbled in blood magic.

Briony, a sharp-tongued child of privilege, grew up exploring the spirit-haunted woods surrounding her family’s country estate. When she’s arrested and sentenced to death for magic she never knew she possessed, Briony chooses to flee into the otherworldly fortress of Asperfell, where the true heir to the throne is held prisoner. But life in Asperfell is nothing like she expected, and the prince has no interest in rescue. Now, Briony must survive caged madmen and demented spirits if she hopes to convince the prince to escape back home in time to stop a civil war.

For a free review copy of ASPERFELL in paperback or ebook, please email Rick Lewis at Paperbacks are limited to the first 50 requests. For ebooks, please specify .epub or .mobi.

“Winningly combines the comedy of manners found in Regency romances with the high spirits of magical school adventure fantasies.” -Publishers Weekly

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Don't Get Left Out!

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Friday, February 14, 2020

Has your store created merchandise that could be sold in other stores? Unique wares, art, etc? List it on Maker Marketplace

ABA bookstore member booksellers are invited to apply now for the 2020 BookExpo Bestsellers Grant Program, which is designed to make it possible for indie booksellers to experience and benefit from all that BookExpo has to offer.

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Meet The Awesome Foundation

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Friday, February 14, 2020
the awesone foundation

The Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1000 at a time. Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. These micro-grants, $1000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter's "trustees" and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects.

Got an awesome idea? Apply for a grant!

Read more about them in The New York Times, BBC, WGBH, Chronicle of Philanthropy, and The Boston Globe or visit their FAQ page.

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Professional Bookseller Certification

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Friday, February 14, 2020
bookseller certification by NAIBA

Professional Bookseller Certification powered by NAIBA

Anyone interested in being an instructor for any of the modules in the Professional Bookseller Certification program should fill out this form. If you have any forms, documents or ideas that would help this program, please email NAIBA.

Registration for booksellers interested in certification will begin later this year as modules are completed.

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The 2020 Southern Book Prize Winners

Posted By Nicki Leone, Friday, February 14, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Southern Book Prize Winner

The 2020 Southern Book Prize Winners

(Asheville, NC) – Celebrate Independents!  Announcing the 2020 Southern Book Prize Winners -- the best in Southern literature, from the people who would know . . . Southern Independent Booksellers and their independently minded customers. Designed to honor great Southern voices, The Southern Book Prize is awarded to books published in the previous year that are Southern in nature – either by a Southern author, or set in the South, or both.

Nominated by booksellers and selected via popular vote by Southern booksellers and their customers, the 2020 Southern Book Prize Winners were selected from a list of finalists from ballots submitted by over 1000 Southern readers, representing over 150 Southern independent bookstores.  The chosen books represent the indie answer to the question “What was the best Southern book of the year?”

2020 Southern Book Prize Winners


The Magnetic Girl by Jessica Handler
Hub City Press, 9781938235481
“A grand, dark, mysterious historical novel filled with dark power and ambivalence, The Magnetic Girl captures a time and place, not only in the life of a teenage girl but in our country as well. Filled with the shifting longings of adolescence against a vaudeville backdrop, Handler's novel explores the dangerous journey from childhood to adulthood when our budding powers both enthrall and terrify us.” – Brian Lampkin, Scuppernong Books, Greensboro, NC


Tell Me A Story: My Life with Pat Conroy by Cassandra King Conroy
William Morrow, 9780062905628

“Cassandra King Conroy tells a compelling story of her courtship and marriage to Pat Conroy. As you can imagine, being with him was never boring, and Cassandra has the stories to prove it. Filled with laughter as well as tears, you will be carried through the ups and downs of Pat's life like the tidal current of Pat's beloved Battery Creek outside his Beaufort home. As hard as it is to read about Pat's sickness and death, Cassandra writes about it with compassion and love. Her words from the heart are truly beautiful.” – Linda Hodges, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC


The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Wednesday Books, 9781250144546

“Chokshi's dazzling world of alchemy and occult is unforgettable and I will dream of golden bees and gilded ballrooms until the sequel comes out. Astonishingly beautiful and fantastically imagined.”  – Sami Thomason, Square Books, Oxford, MS

For more information about the Southern Book Prize:


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2020 SIBA Discovery Show Flash Sale: 45% Table Rentals Through Feb. 14

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, February 13, 2020

The 2020 SIBA Discovery Show is now open for registrations!

Happy Valentine's Day to SIBA's Publisher and Vendor partners! #SIBA20, the 2020 SIBA Discovery Show, is now open for registrations. As a Valentine's gift to SIBA's beloved exhibitors, all prepaid table rentals are 45% off through Valentine's Day (no extensions!):

Register here | Use Promo Code LUV45

Exhibitor information | Author Submission Guidelines & Glossary of Events

Registration is also open for booksellers and show attendees. Financial assistance is available. Visit and click on "Scholarships/Financial Aid"

Important! The Earlybird Registration Deadline for attendees is August 15, 2020. Onsite pricing and Late fees go into effect after the 15th.

#SIBA20 | Register

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March Madness at Story & Song Neighborhood Bookstore Bistro on Sunday, March 15!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, February 10, 2020
Updated: Friday, December 20, 2019

story & songJoin us for our March Madness event at Story & Song in Fernandina Beach, FL on Sunday, March 15 from 10-3PM. The day begins with the educational session "Bookstore Make-Over: Low-cost and no cost ways to freshen and update your space" presented by Donna Paz Kaufman, co-owner of Story & Song with Mark Kaufman. Session Description: Lift up your store's look for the enjoyment of customers, staff, and you. During this workshop you'll see photos of creative bookstore design and merchandising ideas from bookshops around the world. Bring a diagram of your space with fixtures located. We'll talk about circulation, sight lines, focal point displays, and adding your "Wow" factor to give new energy to your bookstore.

From noon to 1PM, booksellers will enjoy lunch with a visiting author, and the afternoon will include a store tour and further discussion and networking on bookseller issues.

Ms. Kaufman founded The Bookstore Training Group of Paz & Associates in 1992, which has provided training and consulting to those with a dream of owning and operating a sustainable independent bookstores. Services include store design and makeovers, operating efficiencies, marketing and staffing support, and more.

Link to register for this event and other March Madness Bookseller Series events. These events are free to booksellers who are current members of their regional associations.

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March Madness at Cavalier House Books on March 17!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, February 10, 2020
Updated: Friday, December 20, 2019

Join us for our March Madness event at Cavalier House Books in Denham Springs, LA on March 17 from 10-3PM. From 10 AM-noon, Cavalier House Books co-owner and SIBA Board member John Cavalier will present "Emergency Preparedness: Preparing for Natural Disasters, Man-made Events, and Whoopsie Daisies." Session description: You've heard it all before ..."By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." - "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" ... But you still haven't put a plan in place! Big things can happen and little actions can mean the difference between persevering and closing up shop. What threats can affect your store? Your community? Our Industry? We'll talk generally and specifically about each of these and we'll walk away with a list of concrete steps you can take to build resiliency for your store's future and daily operations.

From noon to 1PM, booksellers will enjoy lunch with a visiting author, and the afternoon will include a store tour and further discussion and networking on bookseller issues.

Link to register for this event and other March Madness Bookseller Series events. These events are free to booksellers who are current members of their regional associations.

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Circle of Sites now available to Stores

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, February 6, 2020, the new online bookselling platform designed to support independent bookstores, officially launched at the end of January. The platform offers a solution to stores with no or limited e-commerce, and creates a feasible affiliate alternative to Amazon for book-oriented websites.

One of the most common questions at the webinar SIBA hosted in December was whether or not Bookshop would work with SIBA's own banner-for-dues program, Circle of Sites. SIBA has worked with to make the banner-for-dues program compatible with Bookshop. As of February 1, stores using can receive free SIBA membership by participating in the program.

What is Circle of Sites?

Also known as "the banner-for-dues program," COS allows SIBA to place a banner on bookstore websites. The banner is controlled by SIBA and paid for by publisher advertising partners. Advertised books are always in print and available at industry standard terms. The banner always clicks through to the hosting store's own e-commerce for purchase. As long as the banner is active, the bookstore's SIBA membership is considered current.

How does Circle of Sites work with

One of the requirements of COS is that browsers can click on the banner to buy the book. If a store is using for their e-commerce, then the banner will click through to using their affiliate account, and the sale will be credited to the store. is a viable option for stores that want to participate in Circle of Sites and either have no e-commerce (such as stores left without an alternative when Baker & Taylor discontinued My Books and More), or have limited e-commerce -- stores using Square or other shopping cart platforms not linked to a books in print database.

How do you sign up?

1) Sign up to be a affiliate. Regular affiliates earn 10% of any sales they generate. Bookstore affiliates earn 25%. Your store must be a member of the ABA to be a Bookstore affiliate. To sign up, contact Sarah High at

Bookstore One Sheet | Become a Bookshop Affiliate

2) Once you have your affiliate account, contact Nicki Leone at for your banner. You will need to have your Bookshop affiliate ID available. SIBA will generate banner code specific to your store, which you can add to your website.

Once these two steps are done, you are effectively a member of SIBA forever!

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