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Resources and Links for Booksellers
The book industry has responded strongly to the news that Baker & Taylor is leaving the retail book market, with publishers, wholesalers, and industry organizations each implementing special offers and programs for booksellers forced to transition away from their major supplier.
Reach out to SIBA with any and all questions. If we can't find the answer, we'll be able to put you in touch with someone who can:
Talk to someone face to face: SIBA's Video Office Hours are every Wednesday, 2-5 pm EST at this link: https://zoom.us/j/328846384
Talk to your colleagues. The collective wisdom of the SIBA community may have all the answers you need:
My Books and More and Website E-Commerce
Many SIBA member stores originally signed up with My Books and More to take advantage of SIBA's "banner for dues" program, also known as "Circle of Sites," and are now facing the task of finding another e-commerce platform for their websites.
SIBA strongly recommends that stores looking to replace their My Books and More e-commerce platform contact the American Booksellers Association about IndieLite--their scaled down version of IndieCommerce. Currently, any ABA-member store who will be losing their B&T website has the option of signing up for the IndieLite program FREE for the first 3 months, and at 50% off ($25) per month, for the next 9 months. In other words, eligible stores will be able to run an IndieLite site for 12 months, for only $225.
SIBA is committed to working with booksellers to find viable e-commerce alternatives for their stores.
For stores looking at other e-commerce platforms, SIBA has put together a list of SIBA booksellers familiar with some of the more popular e-commerce platforms used by book retailers. They are all available to answer questions:
Ingram offers special programs designed to fit the unique needs of indie bookstores, including access to a huge inventory of products, and dedicated support. Detailed information can be found here.
Ingram is pro-actively working to increase bookstore credit lines. Please contact your rep to discuss your specific needs. The Indie Vault (stock set aside for indie stores) is being augmented with a broader selection, and increased quantities.
The Independent Bookseller
Free Spirit Publishing
In response to Baker & Taylor exiting the retail wholesale market, Free Spirit Publishing is pleased to announce that we will offer special terms for indie bookstores looking to establish direct accounts with publishers. We believe in the importance of our titles and the value of independent bookstores. We are committed to supporting indies during this transition and moving forward.
For more than 35 years, Free Spirit Publishing—best known for the award-winning title Hands Are Not for Hitting—has been committed to publishing resources that meet kids where they are (not where we wish they were). Our books support kids’ social and emotional learning and educational needs to help them build resiliency and foster a positive outlook on life to reach their goals. For more information, click here to read Free Spirit’s press release.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for expedited help opening an account or to confirm discounts and terms for existing accounts.
HarperCollins is offering a New Account Fast Track Program for bricks and mortar independent stores who were ordering all their HarperCollins, HarperCollins Christian, and Harlequin titles from Baker & Taylor. To apply:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media has launched Fast Track, a program for independent bookstores that were affected by the B&T decision. Under the offer--which lasts until October 1, for all front and backlist orders--the publisher provides expedited account setup for new accounts that were working with B&T; special offer on the first order; no minimum order quantities; and free outbound shipping. In addition, HMH is offering the opportunity to order backlist under new terms. Interested stores can contact their rep or reach out via Indie Fast Track. Contact IndieFastTrack@hmhco.com for more information
Peachtree Publishing Company Inc. today announced it will offer a package of special terms to new customers and those who have not ordered from Peachtree for more than a year. Specifically, the company wants to reach those independent booksellers impacted by Baker & Taylor's recent announcement that it will no longer distribute books to retail accounts. For these customers, Peachtree has issued the following incentives (valid until November 1, 2019):
Contact email@example.com for help setting up a new account.
Simon & Schuster
Simon & Schuster has launched the "Indie Quick Start Program" designed to fast track new accounts. Indie Quick Start is an enhanced direct purchasing enrollment program designed for any independent bookstore that does not have a current account with Simon & Schuster and that will be impacted by the recent Baker & Taylor decision to cease serving retail accounts. In order to participate, the new account must be set up and have placed orders with Simon & Schuster by August 30. As part of the program, Simon & Schuster is offering to independent bookstores without a current account, or accounts that have been inactive for a year:
For more information booksellers can contact Simon & Schuster at 800-976-1725 or IndieBiz@simonandschuster.com