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Read This! Resources for your store from Authors 'Round the South

Posted By SIBA Staff, Friday, March 27, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

What a strange time for booksellers: as customers have never been more eager to read, it's increasingly challenging to get books into their socially-distanced hands. Authors 'Round the South (ARTS) wants to help. ARTS has a wealth of engaging, reader-focused, bookseller-friendly content and we are working hard on ways to make it more accessible, useful, and shareable for your store. And oh yeah, it's all free.ARTS_sun_logo-1.png

We're most excited about our treasure-trove of SIBA member bookseller reviews and recommendations. Have you wondered exactly what happens to the reviews and recommendations your store submits via Edelweiss? In addition to being regularly featured in the SIBA newsletter and blog,  SIBA's reader-focused site Authors 'Round the South (ARTS) also runs store reviews on or near the publication date of the book.

But wait...there's more!

The newest reviews appear on the ARTS home page and on the main Read This! page, but even better, every single review is tagged and sorted into the ARTS bookseller review database, making each review accessible not just at publication but for the future. At present, there are hundreds and hundreds of books (actually 985, and counting--by the time you read this we will be closing in on 1000!) in the review database. Each review links directly to the reviewer's store's online retail (if available) and regardless of whether a store has ecommerce, the review links to the reviewer store's website.

SIBA wants to make ARTS even more of a resource for our members and their customers. Your store is welcome and encouraged to make use of any and all existing and future ARTS content (you don't need to ask permission) in any way you think might be helpful. To that end: 

  • We have expanded the number of reviews featured on the home page, and are updating it much more frequently. Our goal is to feature as many as we possibly can. Individual reviews can be linked to and shared.
  • The Read This! database is now featured directly on the home page as well as on the main Read This page. Every category can be linked to and/or shared directly via social media or email.
  • We make an effort to feature as many SIBA stores as possible, and as mentioned above, ARTS does not limit the featured reviews to stores with ecommerce.
  • All SIBA stores that participated in the 2019 Holiday Catalog program--including stores without ecommerce--have a customized, white-label page that's still accessible: https://authorsroundthesouth.com/read-this/holiday-catalog.

In addition to bookseller recommendations on ARTS, SIBA also features the weekly Southern indie bestseller list (usually updated on Wednesday afternoons subject to when the ABA releases the information), and creates a list of titles special to Southern indies, with the current list also displayed on the home page. Each week, ARTS features a different member store with ecommerce on its "Special to Southern" list. We also create a "white-label" list with no SIBA or ARTS branding list available on sibaweb.com, and provide the code (automatically updated weekly at this same link) for stores to use on their own sites and link titles to their own ecommerce platform.

In the works:

  • The existing Read This! page on ARTS will be converted to a weekly update of recent reviews, plus a featured database category that can be easily shared via social media.
  • We're converting the PDF Southern bestseller lists flyers into a "white label" HTML format, similar to the "special to Southern" bestseller list for stores to share to their email lists and link to on their sites, and making that code available for stores to add their own ecommerce links if desired.

We're brainstorming ways to make all ARTS content even more useful, adaptable, and accessible to SIBA member stores. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know!

SP Rankin / sp@sibaweb.com
Authors 'Round the South

Tags:  ARTS  booksellers  Covid-19 

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News from SIBALAND, March 2nd

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, March 2, 2015
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Dearest SIBA Booksellers,

A big thanks to all of you who posted your Spring Okra Nominations over the last couple weeks. We'll be announcing the new Okra Picks at the end of the month. In the meantime, here are a few things we want to make sure are on your radar:

1. A Letter from Board President Jill Hendrix

SIBA Board President Jill Hendrix's letter to the SIBA membership is up at the member hub for you to read:

https://sibaweb.site-ym.com/

Please take a moment to read it and see what the board is doing on your behalf. The SIBA Board has created a Virtual Town Hall for its members and wants to hear about any industry issues that concern you and need to be brought to the board's attention:

The virtual town hall is here:
https://sibaweb.site-ym.com/forums/Posts.aspx?topic=1076682


 


SIBA Book Award Long List

2. The SIBA Book Award Long List has been announced!

The full list is available here:
http://www.sibaweb.com/siba-book-award

And we've created a list on Edelweiss with available titles to help you with orders for your displays (of course you are doing displays!) here:
http://edelweiss.abovethetreeline.com/CatalogOverview.aspx?catalogID=2317416

The next step will be to choose the finalists from the list. In the past, SIBA has sent out ballots to each of its member stores, one ballot per store. This year SIBA has posted the ballot online, and invites ALL core bookseller members to vote:

Go here:http://sibaweb.site-ym.com/surveys/?id=ba_ballot_2015

You need to be a SIBA core bookstore member or staff in order to vote. Your login username is here:@@username@@

Vote for three titles in each category: Children's, Cooking, Fiction, Nonfiction, and Young Adult. Your store will earn 2B3! Engagementpointsfor each ballot submitted, so encourage your store staff to participate.

The voting closes on March 31, and Finalists will be announced in April.

 


 

 

GABBS Atlanta3. GABBS Atlanta is just days away, but there is still time to register.

Go here:http://www.cvent.com/d/n4q3ql/4W
And be sure to sign up forSIBA in the Springtime: a day of educational seminars for booksellers centered around the topic of "Exploring Potential" -- as in potential new markets, new products, new customers, new ideas.

You'll need a code to register for SIBA in the Springtime for free: emailwanda@sibaweb.comfor the code.

Also, theShoe Burnin' Showis back! They'll be performing Friday evening at 5:30 pm; and just in case you think you've already seen it at the Discovery Show last fall, you should know that it is a whole new show. And featuring a couple of VERY FAMILIAR names, including , Mary Kay Andrews, Raymond Atkins, Jackie K. Cooper, Joshilyn Jackson, Colleen Oakley, and Shari Smith.

The show is only open to people at GABBS, so if you've been on the fence about coming, you now have a reason to get your butt up off it!

 


 

Authors 'Round the South4. Please take a moment to get your events onto the ARTS Calendar!

At the end of February SIBA automatically applied anyB3! pointsyour store had earned for listing your events on the ARTS calendar. So when you log in you may find your store has jumped a level or two!

Be sure to keep posting your events to the ARTS calendar -- your store earns 2 pts for every event you add, including bookclub meetings, writer's groups, story times. SIBA promotes your events in the Lady Banks Newsletter, on Twitter, and on Facebook. So take a moment to make sure your listings are up to date.

The login for the ARTS calendar is here:
http://stars.authorsroundthesouth.com/users/login

Your username for the calendar is the same as your official store login for SIBA (probably your store email address). If you need help finding your username or password, you can asknicki@sibaweb.comto reset it for you.

Once you are logged in, click on "Account" and then on the "Event" tab.

Thanks, and happy bookselling!

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