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The SIBA Member Hub: Groups and Blogs

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Updated: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

SIBA Member Hub: Groups and Blogs from Nicki Leone on Vimeo.


A quick overview of how Groups can help you connect with other SIBA members, and an introduction to the SIBALAND Blog -- your source for up to date news from SIBA.

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B3!, Binc and your store employees

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Wish you could offer your employees more benefits?
Compete with other retailers to attract the best and the brightest? 
Let the Book Industry Charitable Foundation help!

Bookstore owners across the country have made Binc their own. The Book Industry Charitable Foundation is your Foundation and as such, stands ready to serve your store as an additional employee benefit. When hiring new employees and sharing the benefits of working for your store, share how Binc is there for them by virtue of their employment with you.

The Binc Foundation provides financial assistance to brick and mortar bookstore employees working full-time or part-time who demonstrate a personal financial need arising from severe hardship and/or emergency circumstances. The Foundation typically assists with needs arising from many qualifying life-events including:

  • Disaster
  • Domestic Violence
  • Funeral Expenses
  • Homelessness Prevention
  • Loss of Household Income, due to:
  • death in the household
  • disability
  • divorce or separation
  • job loss of spouse or partner
  • emergency child or elder care
  • Serious Medical Expenses
  • Utility Shut-off Prevention


Binc can assist any bookstore in setting up Payroll Withholding for employees, letting employees support other booksellers in need with a small donation amount (as little as $1 per pay period) to support Binc.


May is the month of Binc’s Campaign to Sustain effort so I encourage each store consider becoming a sustaining donor at $20 per month. This is a great way to support an organization that can hopefully assist you in attracting great booksellers.  Plus any store that does become a sustaining donor at $20 a month, or more, before the end of May, will receive 240 B3! Points.


Click here to donate.

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Title Update for Okra Pick Book!

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, May 8, 2017


Dear Booksellers,

SIBA has just been informed of a title change for one of the Okra Pick books. Mark Powell's "Echolocation," isbn 9781507203385, is now titled "Small Treasons." The cover has also been redesigned (see attached photo), although the book's ISBN remains the same. Information in the book databases is updating slowly, but will hopefully be fully revised by the book's June 2nd release date.

SIBA has also updated it's websites and materials, although URL links may still reference "echolocation" in the interests of continuity. We'll be sending out updated and newly redesigned cards for your in store displays shortly, so watch for the interim Okra Picks mailing with your redesigned materials.

The newly launched Okra Picks Newsletter has also been updated to reflect the new book title:

If you haven't signed your store up for the newsletter, you can do so here:

Contact me at if you have questions! Nicki Leone SIBA

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The Okra Picks Newsletter: A new benefit for SIBA members

Posted By Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Friday, May 5, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, May 3, 2017


SIBA is now offering a quarterly newsletter for your customers featuring the seasonal Okra Picks -- the books you have chosen as the most excited hand sell titles of the season. Share the best in new Southern Literature, as picked by the people who would know. . .Southern indie booksellers like you!

Modeled after the Indie Next newsletter for readers, the Okra Picks newsletter is store-branded with "Buy Now" buttons linked to your store's website. It is sent out four times a year in the middle of each Okra season, thus featuring books that are brand new or about to be released.

SIBA's test run of the newsletter with Page 158 Books in Wake Forest, NC, showed an open rate for the email of 49%. "We sold two copies of Lisa Wingate's book right off the newsletter," reported owner Dave Lucey.

Stores that participate in the Okra Picks Newsletter retain ownership of their email list and materials. Each participating store will receive 200 B3! points for the first mailing, and 50 point for each subsequent mailing.

To see a sample of the Okra Picks Newsletter for the Spring season,

Sign up for the newsletter here by May 10th:

Customizing the newsletter for your store does take a couple days, so act quickly to be eligible to send out the Spring edition.

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The SIBA Member Hub: An Introduction

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, May 4, 2017
Updated: Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The SIBA Member Hub: An Introduction from Nicki Leone on Vimeo.

The new SIBA Member Hub offers many benefits for members to connect with each other, exchange ideas, and share information. But like any new system, it can take a little getting used to. To help our members make the most of the new site, SIBA's "Lady Banks" (Nicki Leone) sits down with SIBA Board member Stefanie Crowe (Page & Palette) and gives a little tour through the site's features and highlights. A new video is posted every couple weeks, and they are all archived at SIBA TV on Vimeo

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