We hope you'll find what you need here, and that you will join our community of dedicated booksellers, writers, publishers, wholesalers, and other industry friends. We are committed to strengthening the industry by strengthening southern indie booksellers.
Our Commitment to Bookstores is to provide:
Skills that contribute to your store's success.
Resources that allow booksellers to innovate and experiment and share results.
Information that increases your store's standing in the larger bookselling industry.
Tools that increases public awareness of your store in your community.
Our Commitment to Everyone Else is to provide:
Valuable, affordable outreach to booksellers and consumers.
Reduced rates on advertising and table rental.
Free member listings on demand.
Responsive, innovative partnerships.
SIBA MEMBERSHIP LEVELS
SIBA has four levels of membership:
Bookseller, Author, Industry, and Associate. Membership is annual, and a current membership is required to attend the SIBA Discovery Show in the fall. Membership is open to anyone with a professional interest in the book industry, including retail bookstores, as well as to book publishers, distributors, reps, vendors, prospective booksellers, and national chain booksellers.
Benefits of membership include the ability to attend SIBA-hosted events, access to resources and materials, member-pricing on promotional opportunities, and access to networking opportunities in the SIBA community.
Bookseller: ($150) The "core members" SIBA exists to serve, owners of independent, privately-held, brick & mortar bookstores in AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA. Bookstores with multiple locations must register each location separately. Bookseller members may also create accounts for their employees at no extra cost. Bookstores with eligible ecommerce systems may qualify for free membership under SIBA's Circle of Sites program.
Author: ($195) Authors with books in print. Individual authors may qualify for free membership by participating in SIBA's "Love an Indie" membership offer.
Industry: ($195) Publishers, Distributors, Sales Reps, Commission Reps, Wholesalers, Media, and anyone else involved in the industry. Industry members may also create accounts for their employees at no extra cost by choosing the "Organization" membership option.
Associate: ($500) Anyone who is not a core bookstore member of SIBA, or not an industry member can join SIBA under this category. This includes authors without a book in print, Teachers, Librarians, Bookstores outside the southeast, prospective booksellers, online-only booksellers and others not otherwise involved in the book industry. Associate members may also create accounts for their employees by choosing the "Organization" membership option.
The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance is a trade association which represents hundreds of bookstores and thousands of booksellers in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, and Mississippi.
SIBA exists to empower, promote, and celebrate our core member bookstores in a spirit of partnership. "Core members" are independent, privately held, brick and mortar, commercially zoned bookstores with a retail storefront, in our region.