News you can use from the Land of SIBA: December 13, 2018
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11/10-2/1/2019: Voting open on Southern Book Prize Ballot (email for link)
12/17: Southern Book Prize Drawing (details)
1/8: Deadline to nominate PW Bookstore and Sales Rep of the Year 2019 (email)

1/9: B3! Webinar - Book Subscription Services (rsvp)

Important and useful links:

SIBA Office Hours (NOV & DEC by appointment only)
In the Land of SIBA Blog
Southern Indie Bestsellers (HC | PB | Kids)
Bookseller Benefits Package

The Booksellers' WaterCooler |Ongoing publisher promotions

#SIBA18 Photos!


SIBA is redesigning its website and we need to hear about your experience

On Lady Banks Bookshelf this month:

Next week on Lady Banks Pick of the Week:

Full calendar here. Email to participate


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SIBA's members have spoken and SIBA is listening! In response to member feedback from its website survey, SIBA is redesigning and reorganizing its website for 2019 to make easier to navigate and completely mobile-friendly.

It's a big project we're taking step by step, with input from members as we go. If you haven't taken our website survey, please take a moment to do so now:


One of the first changes members will see in 2019 is that SIBA will be discontinuing its "Social Link" app. This won't have any effect on member accounts or your access to any resources or account information. Members who log in will no longer see an activity feed on their account and SIBA's "Social Link" app will be disabled.

It's the first, necessary step in simplifying SIBA's website to better reflect our members' priorities. For more information or if you have any questions about your SIBA account contact



The Southern Book Prize Finalists 

To help bookstores promote the Southern Book Prize and get their customers involved in voting, SIBA is running a drawing for one of the Finalists every weekend between now and the voting deadline on February 1st. All stores need to do is promote the Southern Book Prize ballot. Every ballot submitted that lists your store earns you $.30 in B3! credit.

12/17/2018 Drawing: Lions & Liars by Kate Beasley and The Best Cook in the World by Rick Bragg

Congratulations to last weekend's drawing recipients:

  • Bobbie, a customer of Poetic Justice Books & Arts, will receive a copy of A Well-Behaved Woman by Therese Anne Fowler
  • Ashley, who shops at Scuppernong Books, will get a copy of Louisiana's Way Home by Kate DiCamillo

The ballot:

Some graphics you can use on social media. Be sure to tag your posts with the #VoiceYourChoice hashtag. Click on an image to download a full-size version:


Lions and Liars Drawing for Facebook Best Cook in the World Drawing for Facebook


Lions and Liars Drawing for Twitter Best Cook in the World Drawing for Twitter


Lions and Liars Drawing for Instagram Best Cook in the World Drawing for Instagram

Other materials: Posters | Postcard Ballot | Checklist | Press Release

Social media resources: facebook image | instagram image | #southernbookprize #VoiceYourChoice


with Jamie Rogers Southern and Julie Jarema
Wednesday, January 9 at 2:00 PM

Want to launch a subscription service at your store, or improve an existing one? Two booksellers with successful subscription services will share their approaches and offer advice to attendees.  

Jamie Rogers Southern is the Operations Director of Bookmarks, a literary arts nonprofit organization in Winston-Salem, NC. Bookmarks offers a Signed First Editions Club and a Young Reader Subscription Service. Customers can choose between a six-month or yearly subscription and have the option of receiving the books by mail or picking them up in-store.

Julie Jarema is a Bookseller and the Book Subscriptions Manager at Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA. Avid’s subscription service includes all reading levels and  is tailored to suit each customer’s individual tastes. It is available in six-month and twelve-month options.

Please rsvp to attend.

Jamie Rogers Southern Julia Jarema



SIBA promotes six new books every month to consumers in our Lady Banks Bookshelf promotion.These titles appear at the top of our weekly Lady Banks Commonplace Book newsletter, which has a circulation of over 60k.  We also feature them above the fold on the homepage of Authors ‘Round the South and on the cover image of the ARTS Facebook page with buy links promoted to our 15,000 Facebook friends. A different member store is featured with the titles every week. 

Since SIBA redesigned Lady Banks Bookshelf in the spring, this promotion experienced a 23% increase in audience reach(from 17K to 22.5K), and a 16% jump in engagement (from 585 to 700) in on social media, and a 10% rise in impressions, 14% rise in click throughs via email. SIBA attributes the success to a more strongly focused target audience, more active engagement with member bookstores, and a fresh, more visually appealing presence that also appeals to the reader's sense of adventure and individuality.

By promoting through Lady Banks, publishers are making an investment in SIBA member bookstores’ attention and market. SIBA works with them to select titles your customers are looking for, and then we drive those customers to your stores.  It’s very worth your while to bring Lady Banks Bookshelf titles in before the month begins, and put up a display.

What’s up for January:

  • Life Admin: How I Learned to Do Less, Do Better, and Live More by Elizabeth Emens
  • Woke Baby by Mahogany L. Browne, illustrated by Theodore Taylor III
  • The Undiscovered Country by Mike Nemeth
  • The Shallows: Poems by Stacey Lynn Brown
  • Any Other Place: Stories by Michael Croley
  • The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip-Hop by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Frank Morrison

Here's a link to the collection on Edelweiss: 



Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Bookmiser, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, Garden District Bookshop, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Page 158 Books, Quail Ridge Books, Sunrise Books, and The Country Bookshop.

9781631493874 The Perilous Adventures of the Cowboy King 1/8/2019
"Teddy Roosevelt jumps to life in this historical fiction tale."

9780143133421 Notes on a Nervous Planet 1/29/2019
"It's time to unplug from the internet for a bit, dear readers, and pick up this book and remind yourself that the internet will still be there when you look up. "

9780062834676 When You Read This 2/5/2019
"This book is marketed as humorous, but it is also devastating...I might have been crying at the end, but I was laughing too."

9781936787869 Sea Monsters 2/5/2019
"What a wild ride through nudist colonies, dark alleys, drool-worthy beachside meals and alluring interesting relationships all against the backdrop of the tech-free freedom of the 1980's... Sea Monsters is going to be such fun to handsell."

9781250173799 Wild Bill 2/5/2019
"An exciting account of an exciting character!"

9780062697745 American Pop 2/5/2019
"A big, fat Southern family saga sure to please book clubs and individual readers alike!"

9780525521037 The Source of Self-Regard 2/12/2019
"Toni Morrison is a literary treasure and getting a new collection from her feels like a gift from the book universe. "

More bookseller reviews

If your store does not have an Edelweiss+ account and need help setting one up, contact Linda-Marie

In the last issue: Southern Book Prize Drawings

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