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Okra Box | Code Read | #siba13 | Book Awards | Industry Summit | BBF

Okra PicksWatch for OKRA to come in the mail!

SIBA’s Okra Picks are gaining traction with booksellers and publishers and we encourage you to order at least one copy of each and do a quick display, in-store and/or online, as these are the books that are getting the benefit of wide-reaching promotion across the south via the Okra Pick Cards, Lady Banks and across the nation with publisher support and SIBA’s active, far-reaching social networking. Your customers will be hearing about these books and looking to buy them. Make sure you have them on hand. And remember to nominate your upcoming favorite southern reads for the Okra Pick. Your authors will thank you, publishers will thank you, and SIBA thanks you, but most of all, your reading customers will thank YOU! 
There is over $650 worth of value in the Okra Pick Box coming your way this week: Check the box to redeem your $50 in Co-op from SIBA.  (And check out the details for the Billy Graham & Me Contest – a bookstore wins $500!) This box is only mailed to SIBA Core Members so make sure you are on the list here.  And if you are not, join siba online here.

Or dowload a dues form and send it in.

Code ReadSign Up for Code Read and SIBA will help you sell!

The first Code Read with 22 participating bookstores was deemed a success.  We want to double the number of participating bookstores before the end of June.  Our next Code Read is on July 2 for Susan Crandall’s Whistling Past the Graveyard.  Sign the bookseller agreement and get it back to us before June 15th, and we will get you in the Code Read Circle.  The first Code Read resulted in The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen by Ted & Matt Lee appearing on SIBA’s bestseller list for seven weeks and counting.  And we have learned a few things in the process that will enhance the program going forward.  Get on the Code Read(ing) Train with us!

More information about Code Read here

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Sign up for #SIBA13 TODAY!

#SIBA13 is just around the corner and in New Orleans for the first time in SIBA history, so get September 20-22, 2013 on your Events Calendar because it will be the biggest event of the fall and you and your employees should not miss it.  ABA will be holding a IndieCommerce Institute the Thursday before the show.  Book Industry Charitable Foundation will be hosting a Fun-Raiser on Thursday evening.  Elizabeth Gilbert, Stephanie Evanovich, Kat Falls, Elizabeth Gilbert, Joshilyn Jackson, Sena Jeter Naslund, Amy Tan, and Jude Watson are confirmed, and many more authors will be confirming before the end of the month.  We will have a wealth of education from Edelweiss to Common Core, Scoring Authors, and Gifts that Score.  We will have a wealth of exhibitors offering show specials, new products, and new ideas.  The Scavenger Hunt is back as is the $1000 Buyers Raffle.  This will be the best SIBA show ever! Become of fan of SIBA on Facebook and follow #siba13 on Twitter to get the first reports of author confirmations. 

Register for #SIBA13 here: {[E-RSVP YES LINK:Event Code]}! 
or download a registration form

More information about the show here

SIBA Book AwardThe SIBA Book Award Story

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk took him through A Land More Kind Than Home, down to The Cove where the Sea Changes, and A Million Suns Shine Shine Shine on its Fathomless waves, holding him in Thrall. His Descent led Down Bohicket Road towards his Permanent Camp overlooking The Accidental City, its buildings climbing the far slope to Stand Up That Mountain in the distance. It’s just a piece of Stray Decorum, he thought walking through the streets, dodging Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons as it swatted at the Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, who no longer lived in the old apartment building on the corner but had left the critters to flutter about, nonetheless. He wandered past My Bookstore and walked into the Back in the Day Bakery, where a class on Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking was underway (you could tell by the smell of fried chicken). He thought, “I’m hungry,” as he and my sister and Pete all gathered Around the Southern Table, laden with heaping platters of ole Fred Thompson’s Southern Sides. Billy Lynn turned to my sister and said “I just want to Chomp on 34 Pieces of You.” And she smiled. “Wouldn’t that make me Three Times Lucky,” she said. I knew then I was Losing My Sister to him.

Win $1000!

Pull the book award finalists from your shelves and put them together to show your customers the favorites from last year among southern booksellers.  Who will win in each category?  We will announce winners on Independence Day, and at the SIBA Trade Show this year, we will be hosting a $1000 Display Contest:  Create a table top display for one, more, or all of the SIBA Book Award Winners and recreate it on site at the SIBA trade show.  Industry peers will vote for their favorites, and the winning display will receive $1000.  This display contest is open to SIBA’s Core Members only.  So display the books, get familiar and get your creative juices going.  Here are a few winning displays for inspiration:

Night Circus Book Display

Edgar Allan Poe Display

Have a Literary Encounter Display

Banned Books Display

Bookstore Cat Display

SIBA Industry Summit – Meeting of the Minds

Click here for a recap to show every fun-filled moment! 

These enthusiastic booksellers were excited to begin the first day of events in Nashville with generous sponsor Hachette Nashville and Inkreadible! Sponsor Baker & Taylor:

AND finally, take the time to download and read SIBA’s Bookseller Benefits Package.  It will make you money, save you money, help you be a better bookseller, and connect you with other booksellers.  SIBA wants to help!

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