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Resource Roundtable on ABACUS with moderator Jill Hendrix

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Thursday, December 19, 2019

Join us on Wednesday, Feb 26 from 2-3PM EST for a peer-to-peer discussion on Zoom. The discussion will be moderated by Jill Hendrix, owner of Fiction Addiction, bookstore coach, and ABACUS enthusiast, having presented on ABACUS at SIBA and ABA educational programming. ABACUS is a free annual report, sponsored by the ABA, that provides detailed information about where your store falls across a range of areas, including profitability, productivity, and financial management. Having access to the ABACUS report is like adding a financial officer to your staff; it can inform you of areas that need improvement, areas in which your store is succeeding, and everything in between. Bring your most recent ABACUS report and your questions and concerns, for a lively hour of discussion. Please rsvp Linda-Marie to attend.

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SIBA Holiday Hours

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, December 19, 2019

SIBA Holiday Hours

SIBA's office will be closed on December 25 and January 1. We won't send a newsletter Christmas week, so the next edition of In the Land of SIBA will be January 2nd.

We wish all our members a happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year!

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THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, December 19, 2019

Edelweiss+Some of the reviews submitted this week on Edelweiss+ from your fellow SIBA booksellers. SIBA members earn B3! points for every review if they join the SIBA community on Edelweiss. Email nicki@sibaweb.com to be added.

The Heap The Missing American American Dirt Buried to the Brim 

9780062957733 The Heap 1/7/2020
"The Heap is fiction that is reminiscent of Pynchon and Philip K. Dick in the best way possible. Los Verticales was the largest tower-based urban community in the world and after an unexplained collapse, the rubble has come to be known as the Heap. Orville, a Dig Hand charged with sifting through the rubble, searches for his brother Bernard, who is alive underneath the wreckage and broadcasting on the radio. Orville calls his brother daily, their conversations are live for everyone to hear... until one day he turns on the radio and hears someone else impersonating him on the airwaves. What follows is a story that questions capitalism, corporate control, and conspiracy at the highest levels. In a community that once aspired to be all-inclusive, exclusivity and estrangement become more apparent as the Dig Hands dig deeper into the Heap and what it once was." -- Stuart McCommon, Novel, Memphis, TN

9781525836268 The Followers 1/14/2020
"That's it. I'm throwing my phone in a river and going offline for good. Terrifying, hilarious, brilliant, and breathtakingly paced, Followers shows us what the future might look like if we let our tech-addicted, social-media-driven habits get the best of us. Angelo's vision of the near future -- and how it unfolds for this ensemble cast of friends, frenemies, followers, and family -- scares and entertains in equal measure. Every "influencer" on Instagram needs to read it ASAP.."-- Mary Laura Philpott, Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN

9781250209764 American Dirt 1/21/2020
"Cummins has written a real tour de force with American Dirt. The story follows Lydia and her son as they run north to the US to escape the drug cartel leader who killed the rest of their family in Mexico. But it becomes something much more universal as it explores the journey that so many migrants have undertaken, whether in search of jobs or a better life or to escape certain death, and all the ways that this journey can impact lives" -- Melissa Oates, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

9781984804723 Buried to the Brim 1/28/2020
"Scarlett is happily contemplating married life to her fiance, Harry, when he brings his favorite aunt Betty to meet her. And Betty brings her adorable corgi, Freddy. But when Betty is kept out of the dog show she just knows Freddy is finally going to win, Scarlett finds herself in the middle of a dog show as well as another murder investigation. And Aunt Betty is the prime suspect!I love all of McKinlay's mystery series' and Buried to the Brim is no exception. I love how the characters are all silly without being over the top and the mystery is always going to keep you guessing up to the last minute." -- Jennifer Jones, Bookmiser, Roswell, GA

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Carol Moyer, Todd Ketcham receive Nancy Olson Award

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Nancy OlsonTwo southern booksellers have been selected as the winners of the inaugural Nancy Olson Bookseller Award. Carol Moyer, bookseller and former Children’s Manager at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC, and Todd Ketcham, manager of The Book Cellar in Lake Worth, FL will each receive a check for $2000. 

The awards, which will become an annual prize, were launched in 2019 with an anonymous donation from an author who is also an admirer of the late Nancy Olson, founder of Quail Ridge Books. The award honors booksellers who embody the spirit of Olson’s bookselling legacy of supporting writers–especially new writers– other booksellers, and community outreach. 

Of winner Carol Moyer, a nominator commented, “While Carol’s greatest satisfaction at QRB may be experiencing the joy of putting the right book in a child’s hands, there’s no doubt that her love of children and children’s books has profoundly touched the community. Her work fits perfectly with Nancy Olson’s own deep commitment to enriching lives.” In their submission for Todd Ketcham, the owners of The Book Cellar praised, “He is more than an employee, he is a conduit between business and community, between people and experiences. We could not run this business without him, and his devotion to books and the people around him set a shining example for all the wonderful things possible when someone can work with their passion each and every day.” 

Nancy Olson’s husband, Jim Olson, served as one of the judges for the Award, along with Sarah Goddin, buyer and former General Manager of Quail Ridge Books, and Linda-Marie Barrett, Assistant Executive Director of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. Jim spoke of his gratitude that the sponsor of this award chose to honor Nancy Olson’s legacy in this way, “Nancy would have loved this. She was a champion of other bookstores and would have loved to have seen booksellers so generously rewarded and acknowledged for the work they do for their communities.” 

Carol MoyerUpon hearing she had won the award, Carol Moyer replied, “I am honored and humbled to have received this award, an award which will keep the memory of Nancy Olson in front of booksellers each year. She was a shining star in the bookselling world, and she was my inspiration and will always have my endless admiration. That my colleagues selected me for the award this year is very deep praise and I am very grateful. Independent bookstores are a vital piece of the cultural landscape in their communities, as they provide the richness of literature in a setting where folks may gather to explore and share ideas. In that setting, it has been my joy to implement the mission of children’s bookselling to nurture the literacy of the rising generation. There is no greater reward for me than putting the right book in the hands of the right child at the right time. Over the years I have had the immense pleasure of seeing these children grow up to be readers, choosing their own books. As long as we continue to share the best books we can find with children, we will have started them on a life of reaping the rewards of reading. They will grow up treasuring books and bookstores.” 

Todd KetchamTodd Ketcham responded, “I am beyond honored to have been nominated by my colleagues and patrons. As many booksellers will tell you, we do not do this with the expectation of financial reward. To share the love of reading with our friends and patrons is reward enough. Winning the Nancy Olson Bookseller Award is both a surprise and a much-needed boon. In an era of increasing isolation, it is amazing to me that bookstores retain the oft-overlooked ability to bring people from disparate walks of life together in common purpose. If bookstores are cultural lighthouses erected in our communities, then booksellers are the lighthouse tenders that keep fanning the flames of knowledge. My only hope is that those flames keep burning bright for many a long year.”

The Nancy Olson Bookseller Award will become an annual award, thanks to the generous sponsorship of the anonymous donor. 

Todd is pictured with Charlotte Shotgun, who read Charlotte’s Web at Drag Queen Story Hour.

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Small Presses Present Spring and Summer Lists

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, December 18, 2019

On Wednesday, February 12 at 2PM EST, SIBA is hosting “Small Presses Present Spring and Summer Lists” as part of our Publisher Picks: Best Bets for SIBA Booksellers series.  In this bi-monthly series, publishers, editors, marketing directors, and reps present their favorite frontlist titles via Zoom to booksellers. Besides forging important connections with publishers and their reps, attending booksellers discover new titles to add to their store shelves and earn 10 B3! Points. Please rsvp lindamarie@sibaweb.com to attend. Here are this month’s presenters:

 

Michael Reynolds is the Editor in Chief at Europa Editions. He is the recipient of the 2016 Golden Colophon Award for Superlative Achievement & Leadership in Independent Literary Publishing, awarded by the Community of Literary and Magazine Presses. He is a member of the Independent Publisher Caucus Steering Committee, and the founder of Bookselling Without Borders, a scholarship program that diversifies the culture of reading by building bridges between the American bookselling community and the international book industry. 

Brad Simpson just joined Blackstone in 2019, having been in the publishing industry since 2001.  During that time, he has worked with public and academic libraries, schools and retail bookstores.  He’s represented several products over the years in both the content and tech spaces; and has been involved in nearly every format available under the sun including print, physical and digital audio, e-books, and large print. 

Ellen Whitfield is a senior publicist at JKS Communications. With a strong journalism background, Ellen balances her understanding of “the other side of the desk” when it comes to media pitching with a true love of an avid bibliophile. She has been part of the community of journalists in her more than seven years experience in print media with such well-respected outlets as The Dallas Morning News, and The Advocate. Her experience on the editorial side of travel, community and lifestyle sections of newspapers, social media and online media is to the benefit of authors in a variety of genres. 

Ellen Adler is the publisher of the New Press, a nonprofit public-interest book publisher with a social justice mission. Their  goal is to publish books that promote understanding and discussion of the issues that affect us all, and to provide ideas and inspiration for the activists, teachers, policy makers, and everyday citizens who are working to refresh American democracy.

Michele Misiak is a Marketing Director with Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group where her area of focus is on fiction. Michele has spent the last 20 years connecting with readers through books. The first 10 years were with Waldenbooks/Borders in Field Management, selling directly to readers.

Noelle Chew is the Marketing Director of Fiction with Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group. She has been in publishing for the past 11 years, first as a publicist and now in advertising. She encourages you to check out the blog bethanyfiction.com for more information on BHP titles.

 

 

 

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THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Edelweiss+Some of the reviews submitted this week on Edelweiss+ from your fellow SIBA booksellers. SIBA members earn B3! points for every review if they join the SIBA community on Edelweiss. Email nicki@sibaweb.com to be added.

A Long Petal of the Sea Shine! Almost American Girl Love Unscripted 

9781984820150 A Long Petal of the Sea 1/21/2020
"The story of the Dalmau pulls at the heart yet brings countless smiles with it. Allende's gorgeous imagery takes readers through the Spanish Civil War and the refugee experience in Chile and Venezuela. Each new decade and move creates a new set of hardships, but they always find joy hidden in the saddest parts of the human experience. A story about history, adventure, and love, A Long Petal of the Sea offers hope for the new year and future.." -- Karyn Cumming, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA

9780062938558 Highfire 1/28/2020
"Just like My Father's Dragon---except the boy is a juvenile delinquent and the dragon chugs Absolut."-- Lyn Roberts, Square Books, Oxford, MS

9780062685094 Almost American Girl 1/28/2020
"If you are a fan of immigrant stories, Robin Ha's graphic memoir based on her move from Seoul, Korea, to Alabama and then Virginia is a must-read. Anyone who has inhabited the liminal space of not feeling quite American enough to fit in in the United States, but feeling too American when returning to the country of one's birth will identify with this book. " -- Kate Storhoff, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC

9781984826879 Love Unscripted 2/11/2020
"A lovingly crafted grown-up coming of age tale, Love, Unscripted muses on what it means to grow into your future, and out of your youthful early years of being an adult, all while trying to figure out just what went wrong with the person you thought was your one true love. Alternating between moments which are funny, bittersweet, lovely, heartbreaking, awkward, and ultimately hopeful, all with a main character who is incredibly relatable, Love, Unscripted is a slow-burning masterpiece on how we learn to love ourselves, and someone else, and features an ending which sublimely captures the best possible tone on which to end the story which it was closing. In fact, the ending of Love, Unscripted was so utterly and phenomenally right, that I hugged the book to my chest for a solid minute after I finished it, because a novel has not made me feel so content with the story I have just embarked on, and so hopeful about life in general in a good long while, and I just wanted to hold on to that feeling for a little bit longer. Love, Unscripted is hands down one of the best books I’ve read in 2019, and one of the books I’m most looking forward to sharing with people in 2020." -- Lucy Perkins-Wagel, Copperfish Books, Punta Gorda, FL

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March Madness at Fountain Bookstore on March 12!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, December 9, 2019

kelly justiceJoin us for our March Madness event at Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA on March 12 from 10-3 PM. The day begins with the educational session Cultivating an Infinite Mindset for Resiliency in a Changing World. Session description: It's tempting to go for the short game in bookselling and in life. Quick rewards make us feel important and, in the case of our businesses, provide immediate financial gains. Spending time developing an "infinite mindset" and doing the challenging work of defining who we are as leaders, as companies, and as individuals takes time and is not as easily defined as simple "wins" and "losses." Working on broad areas of your company like defining your values and purpose, using design to manifest those definitions, creating a workplace culture where we feel safe, are inspired to work more, and feel satisfied and secure when we are not at work can lead to ultimate sustainability, security, and financial and emotional health.

Fountain Bookstore owner Kelly Justice, an independent bookseller for 30 years who is continuously working on her own "infinite mindset" journey, will lead this interactive workshop. Attendees should expect a candid presentation followed by a series of exercises designed to assist attendees in defining the next steps in their own journeys.

Link to register for this event and other March Madness Bookseller Series events.

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B3! Webinar: Organizing and Marketing Multi-Store Events

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, December 9, 2019

January 15, 2020 at 2:00 PM | RSVP

Presenters Sarah Goddin, buyer and former General Manager of Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh, NC, and Kimberly Daniels Taws, buyer and manager of The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC will discuss their organization, The Independent Bookstores of Piedmont, NC. This organization , which represents 12 stores, offers a unique Independent Bookstore Day promotion involving a calendar featuring a store a month, with incentives to visit all 12 stores to receive a discount card and be entered into drawings. 

Tom Lowenburg, co-owner of Octavia Books in New Orleans, Louisiana, will discuss their local spin on the national IBD event. Because the national date conflicts with NOLA's Jazz Fest, they've worked together with other New Orleans indies on a "New Orleans Independent Bookstore Day," which takes place at a later date and encourages participation and multi-store visits with a scavenger hunt and a passport. 

About our presenters:

Sarah Goddin is a buyer and former general manager of Quail Ridge Books, a 9000 square foot store in Raleigh, NC. She has been a bookseller for 40 years, starting with Waldenbooks in 1978, then opening and running her own store, Wellington's Books, in Cary, for 10 years, finally landing at Quail Ridge Books in 1996. Sarah has served on various ABA committees such as  the Booksellers Advisory Council, Education and Abacus task forces, and as chair of the Spring 2017 Indies Introduce adult book selection committee.

Kimberly Daniels Taws is the manager and buyer for The Country Bookshop, a thriving bookstore located in the heart of Southern Pines, North Carolina. She's responsible for day to day buying, management, public relations, author events, and general retail business. She's Past President of the Southern Pines Business Association and the SIBA board.

Tom Lowenburg is co-owner, with Judith Lafitte, of Octavia Books in New Orleans, LA. He has served on the boards of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and the New Orleans Gulf South Booksellers Association. He is currently on the board of AMIBA, the American Independent Business Alliance.

 

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THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, December 5, 2019

Edelweiss+Some of the reviews submitted this week on Edelweiss+ from your fellow SIBA booksellers. SIBA members earn B3! points for every review if they join the SIBA community on Edelweiss. Email nicki@sibaweb.com to be added.

A Long Time Coming We Wish You Luck Homie The Authenticity Project 

9781496441539 A Long Time Coming 1/7/2020
"Great character development and a compelling narrative. I think this will make a good book club pick for its family dynamics and themes of family secrets, infidelity, and end-of-life issues. Despite all of its heavy themes, it's a joy to read. Granny B, with all her flaws, is a treasure." -- Angela Schroeder, Sunrise Books, High Point, NC

9780525534938 We Wish You Luck 1/14/2020
"A quiet novel with big payoff. I was immediately intrigued by the narrative voice; the story of what happened at a low residency MFA program (the students meet every June and January and go home to their regular lives the rest of the year) is told through the cumulative voice of the residents, minus the three most talented writers at the center of the story. These writers (Hannah, Leslie, and Jimmy) are wildly different from each other, but they form a tight bond during the first residency; this bond is irrevocably changed during the second residency, and two of them take their elaborate revenge in the third. Surprisingly heartfelt, this book is a must-read for fans of the campus novel. "-- Kate Storhoff, Bookmarks, Winston-Salem, NC

9781644450109 Homie 1/21/2020
"Navigating the conflicting but closely connected emotions of joy and grief, celebration and mourning, and love and pain, Danez Smith’s Homie is a lyrical force of reckoning. Through the evocative power of memory, Smith’s collection delves deeply into stories and hurt that we might try to run from in order to transform them into odes—odes of childhood, of loss, of the person from high school that you always wanted to tell you admired for their strength and confidence. Through an intimate understanding of the people that have populated their life, Homie creates a complex but undeniably honest portrait of human connection." -- Morgan McComb, Square Books, Oxford, MS

9781984878618 The Authenticity Project 2/4/2020
"Interwining the stories of five strangers who reach out and help each other after reading and sharing their stories in a common journal, the author deals with issues of truth, falsehood, loneliness, friendship and generosity of spirit. Book clubs, in particular, will find this book rich with opportunities for discussion." -- Lia Lent, WordsWorth Books, Little Rock, AR

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B3! Webinar Recap: Bookshop.org, part 1

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, December 5, 2019

On Wednesday, December 4 at 2PM EST, Andy Hunter, CEO and Founder of Bookshop and Sarah High, Bookseller Liaison, discussed Bookshop, its mission, and how it will partner with independent bookstores. Set to launch in January 2020, Bookshop is an online bookstore with an explicit mission to help promote and financially support the brick-and-mortar bookselling community. Built-in collaboration with the ABA, independent booksellers, Ingram, and some of their favorite book and magazine publishers, Bookshop will be a way for websites, authors, indie stores, magazines, and bookstagramers to easily promote and purchase the books they love online without driving sales to Amazon.

Read Andy Hunter's letter detailing how Bookshop.org will work.

Questions about Bookshop can be sent to Sarah High, the Partnerships Manager and Bookstore Liaison, at sarah.high@bookshop.org

Next week: Bookshop.org, part 2: Questions and Answers from the Webniar

 

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A letter from Andy Hunter, CEO, Bookshop.org

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Dear Booksellers,

Many of you have heard about Bookshop (https://bookshop.org), our new bookselling platform with a mission to financially support independent bookstores like yours. We’re about three months from when we hope to launch (after Winter Institute, 2020) and I wanted to let you know more about who we are, our plans, and our goals.

I am a book publisher, of Catapult, Counterpoint, and Soft Skull press. I am also a web publisher, of Literary Hub, CrimeReads, and Book Marks, and before that, I founded Electric Literature. I am thoroughly invested in the culture around books, and I understand how important bookstores are to to that culture.

It has been wonderful to see how resilient bookstores have been over the past decade. But I worry about the future when I see Amazon growing from 37.7% of Bookscan’s reported sales in 2015 to over 50% in 2019, and e-commerce’s share of the US retail market growing 14% year-over-year. I believe indies need a piece of online sales to safeguard their future. Some have adapted: approximately 150 stores have websites that reach five figures in annual revenue; about 25 stores reach six figures--but the majority of stores do not.

Like all of us who have made books the center of our lives, I have a deep and abiding love for bookstores, which I have known since childhood as places to find meaning. Books allowed me to discover myself and the world, and they still do. Bookstores are the physical roots of book culture, necessary for literature, ideas, our social conscience, and our understanding of ourselves and the world, and if we don’t nurture and protect them, people won’t simply find other places to get books, they’ll read fewer books. Without your stores, books will become a smaller part of our culture, and that would be bad for individuals, society, and the future, which is already so fraught.

I hope that Bookshop can help strengthen the fragile ecosystem and margins around bookselling by providing an alternative to Amazon for socially-conscious online book-buyers.

Bookshop will be a B-Corp, which is a corporation that puts our mission and the public good above financial interests. It is written in Bookshop’s bylaws that we will never sell the company to Amazon or any major US retailer. Our investors are individuals who appreciate the necessary function that bookstores serve in our society and culture. There’s no venture capital in Bookshop; we are in it for the long haul. Bookshop will have three independent booksellers on our seven-member board, and we are going to create an advisory board to ensure full transparency and community participation in our decision-making. (If you’d like to be on the advisory board, email us at info@bookshop.org.)

It’s important to us that everyone in the bookselling community understand that we’re building this for your benefit. We are always going to be listening to booksellers and growing the platform in the way that benefits you the most. Digital projects need to experiment and evolve to succeed, so you can expect us to change and improve a lot in our first year, and you can help by offering feedback and guidance.

Our goal is to build a sustainable platform that helps solve three problems:

  1. First, authors, publishers, media, and fans need a universal site they can link to that supports you. Sales conversions for IndieBound.org have been too low. When we ask authors and publishers to do the right thing and support indies, they shouldn’t have to forego sales.

  2. Second, affiliate programs are changing the Internet. Amazon has a huge funnel, across most popular sites on the web, that pays 4.5% commissions on books that are sold through their affiliate links. Advertising dollars have dried up and magazines, newspapers and websites who cover books need the revenue (affiliate fees are 20% of an average digital publisher’s revenue) but their only viable option is Amazon. Even if Bookshop did nothing else, building a successful affiliate program that benefits indies is critical if we don’t want to cede the whole affiliate market to Amazon. Our affiliate program will give 10% of the list price to the affiliate and 10% to indie bookstores, and provide meaningful analytics. We expect to launch with major affiliate partners, including all the big 5 publishers, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Conde Nast publications, Literary Hub, Electric Literature and many more. By fall, 2020 we expect to have thousands of affiliates.

  3. Third, a number of bookstores do not generate meaningful revenue online. All brick-and-mortar stores need to retain their customers when they shop online, yet so many of your customers shop in your stores in person, but go to Amazon when they need convenience. We want to help resource-strapped stores with a simple solution that requires no technical knowledge, no financial investment, and no internal resources (inventory, picking, packing, shipping, customer service) and allows them to easily sell books using social media, email, and the web.

Beginning in early 2020, IndieBound.org’s direct sales function will be replaced with Bookshop. IndieBound is not going away; it will remain a place to locate independent bookstores, discover the Indie Next list, and host other ABA resources. But all “buy” links to individual books on IndieBound.org will be redirected to Bookshop.org.

Ingram’s direct-to-consumer business will handle our orders, inventory, picking, packing, shipping, and returns. Ingram is excited to support our effort and eager to help.

How will Bookshop support your store?

  1. Just take our money. 10% of the list price of everything we sell goes to a pool for indie booksellers with brick and mortar stores who are ABA members. Sign up and we’ll send you a transparent accounting and a check every six months. We don’t require anything more than your sign up: email sarah.high@bookshop.org for more information.

  2. If you want to be a Bookshop affiliate and sell books using our platform, you can. Brick-and-mortar ABA members earn 25% of the list price of any sale, much more than the normal 10% affiliate fee. If you don’t have a website that sells books, or just want to experiment, you can use Bookshop links to sell books. Authors or organizations who love your store can use your Bookshop to help support you; customers can buy from your bookshop page to ensure their purchases to benefit your store; and you can contribute staff picks and book lists and get the affiliate fee if our visitors buy based on your recommendations.

After paying the publisher, distributor, discounts, and processing fees, Bookshop’s net revenue will be about 30% of a book’s list price. For a media-partner like Literary Hub, the affiliate sale will be split as follows: a third goes to the affiliate, a third to the bookstore pool, and a third to Bookshop.

Bookstores get a better deal than media affiliates. We believe any bookstore-driven sale should benefit that store in particular, rather than going into a general pool. So bookstores get the 10% affiliate fee, plus the 10% that would normally go towards the pool, plus an additional 5% (because supporting stores is our mission). When we give 25% of the sale to a store, Bookshop makes less than 5%, just enough to keep the platform going.

Customers on Bookshop will be able to search for their favorite store and buy from them. Stores who provide recommendation lists (the staff picks, reading lists, shelf talkers, etc, which can appear on Bookshop’s homepage, category pages or product pages) will also get 25% of those sales (if there are multiple recommendations for the same books, they will be given equal exposure). So when a Bookshop customer adds a book to their cart based on your recommendation, you’ll get the affiliate commission. Email kevin.chau@bookshop.org to create lists for us.

When we promote Bookshop, we are going to be careful to target customers who are not already shopping at indies online. We’ll do this by convincing influencers and publications to link to Bookshop rather than Amazon. We want to convert socially-conscious Amazon customers, not yours. We hope we can also lead some customers into their local indie’s sales channel:

  1. We are not doing signed pre-order campaigns; we are telling publishers to select indie partners for those.
  2. We will put information about a customer’s local bookstores on every email receipt, encouraging all our customers to visit. After launch, we’ll add local bookstore events, too.
  3. We ask all our customers if it is okay to share their email addresses with their local bookstore, and if they agree, we will provide their email to local store(s), based on their proximity.
  4. If your store uses a Bookshop link to sell a book (on the web, social media, or email), you are entitled to their contact information - they are your customer.

Bookshop is not a replacement for your IndieCommerce or IndieLite site. We recommend that stores contact the ABA’s Indiecommerce team to build full-featured websites that can sell merchandise, handle event orders, do in-store pickup and more.

Our affiliate profiles pages are simple, with a photo, short bio, recommended book lists, and search. We expect thousands of curated pages from bookstores, authors, chefs recommending favorite cookbooks, travelers, celebrity bookclubs, mainstream media, blogs, instagrammers, and many more. We want to create a buzzing hive of book-lovers, and a rich collection of recommendations from all the people who make up the community around books. That will be a true alternative to Amazon - a site that puts humans and human recommendations first.

We hope to launch in the last week of January, 2020, right after Winter Institute. We will launch with something simple, and improve on it every week thereafter. When Bookshop launches, it will have bugs and rough edges; all new platforms do. But we will keep working to make it a little better every week, with actual customers giving us feedback. We will work to deliver a good experience, be a good partner to bookstores, and try to make the right decisions. We will eventually add features like bookseller and/or customer book reviews, used books (with indie partners through Biblio), and much more. That phase, the continuous small improvements phase, will never really end. To be a robust alternative to Amazon, with something special to offer our book lovers, we will have to continuously evolve.

If you want to be a bookshop affiliate, have questions, or would like to receive more information about Bookshop, please email Sarah at sarah.high@bookshop.org

Thank you for reading. We look forward to working with you.

Andy Hunter
CEO, Bookshop.org

 

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PW launches nominations for 2020 Bookstore & Sales Rep of the Year Awards

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Authors, booksellers, publishers, distributors, and others with ties to the book industry are invited to nominate their favorite bookstores and sales representatives for the Bookstore and Sales Rep of the Year Awards. (Please note that candidates cannot nominate themselves, nor can family members nominate them.) Finalists will be named at Winter Institute 15 in Baltimore, Md., in January. Winners will receive a write-up in the pre-BookExpo issue of Publishers Weekly’s print magazine in May 2020 and will be honored at an awards ceremony in New York City at BookExpo.

 Bookstore of the Year: PW will honor an independently owned bricks-and-mortar bookstore in the U.S. that has been in operation for at least four years. In your nomination, please note what makes the bookstore special and provide contact information, including your name and industry affiliation. Bookstores that have previously received the award cannot be considered, nor can their sister stores.

Sales Rep of the Year: PW welcomes nominations for outstanding telephone and house reps as well as independent sales representatives. Please include an example of the rep’s commitment to excellence, as well as contact information, including your name and industry affiliation. Sales representatives can only win the award once.

Please email nominations for PW’s 2020 Bookstore and Sales Representative of the Year Award to: Judith Rosen at PWawards@publishersweekly.com.

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Planned Site Downtime on December 2nd

Posted By Nicki Leone, Friday, November 29, 2019
SIBA will be upgrading its website on Monday, December 2. The upgrade will begin at 10 am and will take several hours to complete. During that time visitors may experience some site slowness or downtime. We're sorry for any inconvenience this might cause. If you need to access your SIBA account and are having trouble, you can contact us directly at any of the following:

Wanda Jewell, Executive Director: wanda@sibaweb.com | 803.466.8853
Linda-Marie Barrett, Assistant Director: lindamarie@sibaweb.com | 803.994.9530
Nicki Leone, SysAdmin: nicki@sibaweb.com | 910.264.2101


We thank you for your patience, and look forward to being able to serve you better when our upgraded website comes online.

Yours truly,

Nicki Leone
nicki@sibaweb.com

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Ingram posts Holiday Hours Service Alert

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, November 21, 2019
Ingram Service Alert:

Ingram Wholesale and the Ingram distribution brands are anticipating a busy holiday season. We expect the closer we get to Christmas Eve, our parcel and less-than-truck load carriers will experience sporadic service delays due to growth in package delivery volume.

Occasionally, we may split shipments that have qualified for free freight at fifteen (15) units shipped. Our objective is to ship complete, but should we have to split a shipment that has qualified for free freight, Ingram will ship both shipments free freight and will only apply a single fuel surcharge. If a shipment is "split," your delivery of the second shipment will likely be the following day.

The weeks of December 9th and December 16th will be the highest volume weeks throughout the carrier network. We encourage you to order as early as possible and, when possible, in quantities of 15 units or more during this week to mitigate network volume pressure later in the week. Of course, for all orders to Ingram, we commit to our standard Ingram order cut-off and processing times.

As always, our Customer Care team is standing by and ready to help you have a successful holiday season. Customer Care hours through December and January are 7:00am to 7:00pm CST. Effective February 3rd, Customer Care will be 7:00am to 6:00pm CST.

We wish you great success during this season and will continue to update you through ipage and through your sales representative if carrier and supply chain conditions change.

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The Southern Book Prize: Resources and Support Materials

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, November 21, 2019

In the first couple weeks of voting, SIBA has already received hundreds of ballots for the 2020 Southern Book Prize, from customers of over 40 SIBA member bookstores. SIBA encourages its members to get their customers involved. The ballot will stay open until February 1 -- plenty of time for everyone to #VoiceYourChoice for the best Southern book of the year. www.SouthernBookPrize.com

SIBA has a developing toolkit of resources to help stores get the most out of the Southern Book Prize voting season:

  • Edelweiss Collection: All the finalists in one place for easy reference!

  • Ballot Postcard: Because when it comes to placing a vote, some folks just prefer a paper ballot! If you have run out of postcard ballots to hand out to your customers you can download the ballot to print more.

  • Ballot embed code: You can place the online ballot directly on your website and encourage your customers to vote without leaving your site.

  • Ballot Online: www.southernbookprize.com

  • Action Checklist: What to do and when to do it in order to make the most out of the Southern Book Prize for your store.

  • Customizable Press Release: Let your local media know that you are a sponsoring partner of the Southern Book Prize, and that their readers have a voice in choosing the best Southern books of the year.

  • Social Media Links: All the social media tags, handles and accounts you need to promote the Southern Book Prize finalists. Be sure to tag the author when you are talking about their book.

  • Bookseller Reviews: A collection of the reviews your fellow SIBA booksellers have written about the finalist books.

Social Media Graphics: Right-click on any of the images below to save them to your computer, then upload them to your website, social media or for email and other marketing. SIBA will publish new ones every week.

Late MigrationsMagnetic GirlNever Have I Ever

Up to date information can always be found here

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THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, November 21, 2019

Edelweiss+Some of the reviews submitted this week on Edelweiss+ from your fellow SIBA booksellers. SIBA members earn B3! points for every review if they join the SIBA community on Edelweiss. Email nicki@sibaweb.com to be added.

The Starless Sea Shine! On  Swift Horses Every Other Weekend 

9780385541213 The Starless Sea 11/5/2019
"As expected, from the author of The Night Circus, simply magical. Words feel inadequate to capture the experience of reading this. An entirely immersive experience. second to none." -- Tricia Nocti, Reading Rock, Dickson, TN

9781524717667 Shine 11/5/2019
""Shine on!" is the catchphrase of Piper's favorite astronomer, but Piper feels like she will never shine, especially when her dad's new job moves her to a fancy private school. Piper's story is full of heart, science, and doesn't shy away from figuring out who you are. This book was made for middle schoolers."-- Chelsea Stringfield, Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN

9780525538110 On Swift Horses 11/5/2019
"In this mesmerizing debut novel, Shannon Pufahl uses a delicate stroke to paint a vast picture of the 1950s American West through the eyes of Muriel and Julius, two loners connected by an unspoken truth that lingers in the air like dust. They are both filled with a fierce tenacity; Muriel's flame is reserved, slow-burning, while Julius' is rambunctious and wide-spreading. But both are fires, manifesting at their own pace... Written with a piercing beauty and subtle grit, Pufahl has achieved a marvelous feat of lyrical prowess that gives an explosive voice to the quiet queerness of an already often-forgotten time in history. This book left me absolutely breathless from beginning to end. " -- Gage Tarlton, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC

9781335929099 Every Other Weekend 1/7/2020
"Adam's life has fallen apart. His oldest brother died a few years ago and his parents are still falling apart. His dad has moved away to a run down apartment building that he's rehabbing for free rent. Adam and his other brother come visit him every other weekend, bit Adam isn't happy about it. Until he meets Jolene. She's there in a similar arrangement to visit her dad every other weekend. But she has a host of problems of her own. Every Other Weekend has SO much emotion and heart. The "insults" between Adam and Jolene were absolutely perfect. This one had me alternately in tears and laughing. Absolutely recommend this one. -- Jennifer Jones, Bookmiser, Roswell, GA

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Tallahassee's Midtown Reader Releases Video Parody of AI

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Midtown Reader in Tallahassee, Florida created a wonderfully entertaining and instructive promotional video that emphasizes the power of "Actual Intelligence" over "Artificial Intelligence." In the video, a man asks an artificially intelligent device for book recommendations, to which the device responds with a series of unhelpful answers. The man then visits Midtown Reader, where a friendly bookseller quickly ascertains which book he is looking for (he can’t remember the title, only the illustration on the cover) and shows him where it is. The bookseller’s name? Alexis. (Her name is actually Alexis, and she’s an actual Midtown Reader bookseller.)

 

Fundamental to the mission of Midtown Reader is a belief that independent bookstores remain cultural treasures because they offer something online retailers cannot. In a brick-and-mortar bookstore with flesh-and-blood booksellers, recommendations are both personal and powered by actual intelligence (as opposed to the artificial variety). What’s more, with regular events like author readings and book clubs, independent bookstores function as community spaces where people can connect over stories, ideas, and perspectives.

 

Midtown Reader was opened in November of 2016 by Sally Bradshaw, who, after a career in politics, decided to make her childhood dream of owning a bookstore a reality.

 

“My sister and I spent many hours in our small Mississippi Delta hometown at both our local library and our neighborhood bookstore, sadly long gone now, a victim of Amazon,” Bradshaw wrote in the store’s email newsletter. “Books led me to believe I would grow up to be a detective (thank you Nancy Drew), or a lawyer (thank you Atticus Finch). Ultimately, I settled on public policy, and left home with dreams of changing the world in the political arena. I never imagined that my best and lasting chance to change the world would come in a bookstore.”

 

After only three years in business, Midtown Reader has become a “destination bookstore” and a bustling community space, with multiple events every week and meaningful partnerships with community organizations and non-profits across Tallahassee. Bradshaw believes that it’s this kind of connectedness, along with caring, knowledgeable booksellers and warm, personal customer service, that make independent bookstores disruptive in an age of online retailers and invaluable always.

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Bookazine Holiday Hours

Posted By Nicki Leone, Sunday, November 17, 2019

 

Bookazine has announced their holiday hours. Take note when placing orders!

 

November 30 - December 23, 2019

Monday - Friday: 7:00 AM EST - 8:00 PM EST

Saturday: 9:00 AM EST - 4:00 PM EST

Sunday: 10:00 AM EST - 3:00 PM EST

 

Electronic and web orders accepted 24 hours/7 days

Closed 11/28/2019, 12/25/2019, and 1/1/2020

 

 

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B3! Webinar Recap: Launching a Book Festival in Your Community

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, November 14, 2019

Would you like to begin a festival in your town? It’s a lot of work, but can add another dimension and revenue stream to your bookstore, deepen your relationships with community partners, publishers, and authors, and foster a greater appreciation for reading and author interactions in your region and beyond. Listen to four veterans discuss the book festivals they initiated or partner in, and learn some great tips on how to do it right and have fun doing it.

Launching a Book Festival

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Nominate for the Winter 2020 Okra Picks by November 15

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, November 6, 2019
The deadline for booksellers to nominate new titles for the Winter 2020 Okra Picks is November 15. Booksellers can submit through the Okra Picks Nomination Form or through a review on Edelweiss. Nominated books must release during January, February, or March of 2020, and be southern in nature, but can cover any genre, not just fiction, and not just adult titles. The Okra Picks are a baker’s dozen fresh titles chosen each season that SIBA booksellers want to handsell. Let us know your favorites by nominating!

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