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Ingram posts Holiday Hours Service Alert

Posted By Nicki Leone, 6 hours ago
Ingram Service Alert:

Ingram Wholesale and the Ingram distribution brands are anticipating a busy holiday season. We expect the closer we get to Christmas Eve, our parcel and less-than-truck load carriers will experience sporadic service delays due to growth in package delivery volume.

Occasionally, we may split shipments that have qualified for free freight at fifteen (15) units shipped. Our objective is to ship complete, but should we have to split a shipment that has qualified for free freight, Ingram will ship both shipments free freight and will only apply a single fuel surcharge. If a shipment is "split," your delivery of the second shipment will likely be the following day.

The weeks of December 9th and December 16th will be the highest volume weeks throughout the carrier network. We encourage you to order as early as possible and, when possible, in quantities of 15 units or more during this week to mitigate network volume pressure later in the week. Of course, for all orders to Ingram, we commit to our standard Ingram order cut-off and processing times.

As always, our Customer Care team is standing by and ready to help you have a successful holiday season. Customer Care hours through December and January are 7:00am to 7:00pm CST. Effective February 3rd, Customer Care will be 7:00am to 6:00pm CST.

We wish you great success during this season and will continue to update you through ipage and through your sales representative if carrier and supply chain conditions change.

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The Southern Book Prize: Resources and Support Materials

Posted By Nicki Leone, 7 hours ago

In the first couple weeks of voting, SIBA has already received hundreds of ballots for the 2020 Southern Book Prize, from customers of over 40 SIBA member bookstores. SIBA encourages its members to get their customers involved. The ballot will stay open until February 1 -- plenty of time for everyone to #VoiceYourChoice for the best Southern book of the year.

SIBA has a developing toolkit of resources to help stores get the most out of the Southern Book Prize voting season:

  • Edelweiss Collection: All the finalists in one place for easy reference!

  • Ballot Postcard: Because when it comes to placing a vote, some folks just prefer a paper ballot! If you have run out of postcard ballots to hand out to your customers you can download the ballot to print more.

  • Ballot embed code: You can place the online ballot directly on your website and encourage your customers to vote without leaving your site.

  • Ballot Online:

  • Action Checklist: What to do and when to do it in order to make the most out of the Southern Book Prize for your store.

  • Customizable Press Release: Let your local media know that you are a sponsoring partner of the Southern Book Prize, and that their readers have a voice in choosing the best Southern books of the year.

  • Social Media Links: All the social media tags, handles and accounts you need to promote the Southern Book Prize finalists. Be sure to tag the author when you are talking about their book.

  • Bookseller Reviews: A collection of the reviews your fellow SIBA booksellers have written about the finalist books.

Social Media Graphics: Right-click on any of the images below to save them to your computer, then upload them to your website, social media or for email and other marketing. SIBA will publish new ones every week.

Late MigrationsMagnetic GirlNever Have I Ever

Up to date information can always be found here

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Posted By Nicki Leone, 8 hours ago

Edelweiss+Some of the reviews submitted this week on Edelweiss+ from your fellow SIBA booksellers. SIBA members earn B3! points for every review if they join the SIBA community on Edelweiss. Email to be added.

The Starless Sea Shine! On  Swift Horses Every Other Weekend 

9780385541213 The Starless Sea 11/5/2019
"As expected, from the author of The Night Circus, simply magical. Words feel inadequate to capture the experience of reading this. An entirely immersive experience. second to none." -- Tricia Nocti, Reading Rock, Dickson, TN

9781524717667 Shine 11/5/2019
""Shine on!" is the catchphrase of Piper's favorite astronomer, but Piper feels like she will never shine, especially when her dad's new job moves her to a fancy private school. Piper's story is full of heart, science, and doesn't shy away from figuring out who you are. This book was made for middle schoolers."-- Chelsea Stringfield, Parnassus Books, Nashville, TN

9780525538110 On Swift Horses 11/5/2019
"In this mesmerizing debut novel, Shannon Pufahl uses a delicate stroke to paint a vast picture of the 1950s American West through the eyes of Muriel and Julius, two loners connected by an unspoken truth that lingers in the air like dust. They are both filled with a fierce tenacity; Muriel's flame is reserved, slow-burning, while Julius' is rambunctious and wide-spreading. But both are fires, manifesting at their own pace... Written with a piercing beauty and subtle grit, Pufahl has achieved a marvelous feat of lyrical prowess that gives an explosive voice to the quiet queerness of an already often-forgotten time in history. This book left me absolutely breathless from beginning to end. " -- Gage Tarlton, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC

9781335929099 Every Other Weekend 1/7/2020
"Adam's life has fallen apart. His oldest brother died a few years ago and his parents are still falling apart. His dad has moved away to a run down apartment building that he's rehabbing for free rent. Adam and his other brother come visit him every other weekend, bit Adam isn't happy about it. Until he meets Jolene. She's there in a similar arrangement to visit her dad every other weekend. But she has a host of problems of her own. Every Other Weekend has SO much emotion and heart. The "insults" between Adam and Jolene were absolutely perfect. This one had me alternately in tears and laughing. Absolutely recommend this one. -- Jennifer Jones, Bookmiser, Roswell, GA

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Tallahassee's Midtown Reader Releases Video Parody of AI

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Midtown Reader in Tallahassee, Florida created a wonderfully entertaining and instructive promotional video that emphasizes the power of "Actual Intelligence" over "Artificial Intelligence." In the video, a man asks an artificially intelligent device for book recommendations, to which the device responds with a series of unhelpful answers. The man then visits Midtown Reader, where a friendly bookseller quickly ascertains which book he is looking for (he can’t remember the title, only the illustration on the cover) and shows him where it is. The bookseller’s name? Alexis. (Her name is actually Alexis, and she’s an actual Midtown Reader bookseller.)


Fundamental to the mission of Midtown Reader is a belief that independent bookstores remain cultural treasures because they offer something online retailers cannot. In a brick-and-mortar bookstore with flesh-and-blood booksellers, recommendations are both personal and powered by actual intelligence (as opposed to the artificial variety). What’s more, with regular events like author readings and book clubs, independent bookstores function as community spaces where people can connect over stories, ideas, and perspectives.


Midtown Reader was opened in November of 2016 by Sally Bradshaw, who, after a career in politics, decided to make her childhood dream of owning a bookstore a reality.


“My sister and I spent many hours in our small Mississippi Delta hometown at both our local library and our neighborhood bookstore, sadly long gone now, a victim of Amazon,” Bradshaw wrote in the store’s email newsletter. “Books led me to believe I would grow up to be a detective (thank you Nancy Drew), or a lawyer (thank you Atticus Finch). Ultimately, I settled on public policy, and left home with dreams of changing the world in the political arena. I never imagined that my best and lasting chance to change the world would come in a bookstore.”


After only three years in business, Midtown Reader has become a “destination bookstore” and a bustling community space, with multiple events every week and meaningful partnerships with community organizations and non-profits across Tallahassee. Bradshaw believes that it’s this kind of connectedness, along with caring, knowledgeable booksellers and warm, personal customer service, that make independent bookstores disruptive in an age of online retailers and invaluable always.

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Bookazine Holiday Hours

Posted By Nicki Leone, Sunday, November 17, 2019


Bookazine has announced their holiday hours. Take note when placing orders!


November 30 - December 23, 2019

Monday - Friday: 7:00 AM EST - 8:00 PM EST

Saturday: 9:00 AM EST - 4:00 PM EST

Sunday: 10:00 AM EST - 3:00 PM EST


Electronic and web orders accepted 24 hours/7 days

Closed 11/28/2019, 12/25/2019, and 1/1/2020



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B3! Webinar Recap: Launching a Book Festival in Your Community

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, November 14, 2019

Would you like to begin a festival in your town? It’s a lot of work, but can add another dimension and revenue stream to your bookstore, deepen your relationships with community partners, publishers, and authors, and foster a greater appreciation for reading and author interactions in your region and beyond. Listen to four veterans discuss the book festivals they initiated or partner in, and learn some great tips on how to do it right and have fun doing it.

Launching a Book Festival 

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Nominate for the Winter 2020 Okra Picks by November 15

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, November 6, 2019
The deadline for booksellers to nominate new titles for the Winter 2020 Okra Picks is November 15. Booksellers can submit through the Okra Picks Nomination Form or through a review on Edelweiss. Nominated books must release during January, February, or March of 2020, and be southern in nature, but can cover any genre, not just fiction, and not just adult titles. The Okra Picks are a baker’s dozen fresh titles chosen each season that SIBA booksellers want to handsell. Let us know your favorites by nominating!

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Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, November 6, 2019

The late Nancy Olson was a legendary bookseller, a first-class wit, a remarkably gentle soul, and a tireless supporter of writers, especially new writers looking for a chance in the publishing world.  Simply put, she was one of the best folks to ever work in the book business, and her Quail Ridge Books was—and is—a literary institution.   An admirer of Nancy’s, in conjunction with SIBA, will be awarding two $2000 gifts in her memory on December 18, 2019.   The Nancy Olson Bookseller Award will then become an annual program.  All SIBA booksellers—but not owners—are eligible for the awards.  Writers, readers, and/or storeowners may submit a name and any helpful information via email to SIBA at .  Also, individual booksellers may nominate themselves.  While the emails should explain why a particular nominee deserves to be selected, there are no hard and fast rules or requirements or guidelines for the submissions—the hope is to simply honor Nancy and recognize special booksellers.  The winners will be selected from these nominations by Sarah Goddin from Nancy’s Quail Ridge Books, SIBA’s Linda-Marie Barrett, Nancy’s husband Jim, and the donor of the gifts.  The deadline for e-mail nominations is 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10, 2019.

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Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Edelweiss+Some of the reviews submitted this week on Edelweiss+ from your fellow SIBA booksellers. SIBA members earn B3! points for every review if they join the SIBA community on Edelweiss. Email to be added.

Wine Simple Would Like to Meet Creatures Imaginary Museums 

9781984824257 Wine Simple 11/19/2019
"Award-winning sommelier Aldo Sohm by all rights should be a stuffy, snobbish autocrat who will scoff at you, you wine ignoramus! By some miracle, however, he is, instead, a gently intelligent guide to the world of wine, making this confusing subject easy to approach. He shares his wisdom in this fun-to-read guide." -- Anne Peck, Righton Books, St Simons Island, GA

9780525542315 Would Like to Meet 12/3/2019
"When a romantic comedy is perfectly executed, it leaves one with this giddy, full-hearted, warm, and intoxicating feeling that makes one believe in actual honest-to-goodness happy endings, and this book delivers all of that and more in a way that I haven’t experienced in a good long while. Rachel Winters’ debut novel is a lovely, funny, witty, and heartwarming homage to the entire rom-com film cannon, and I absolutely adored every single page of it! It unfolds like all the best rom-coms do, with lots of laughs (from full-bellied exclamations to cheek burning chuckles), more than a few empathetic grimaces (also usually accompanied by some laughs, and more than a few “oh no’s”...), and an abundance of heart. I only wish that this gift of a story came out sooner, as I am itching with the prospect of recommending it to people! I guess I’ll just have to content myself with making it my March 2020 romance book club pick ??"-- Lucy Perkins-Wagel, Copperfish Books, Punta Gorda, FL

9781616208592 Creatures 1/7/2020
"Evie must confront her unstable upbringing on an island off the coast of Los Angeles, a father who used and sold drugs, a mother who was mostly absent and the constantly changing moods of the Pacific Ocean. Dealing with loneliness and abandonment, she is constantly searching for love and stability while she mostly raises herself. There is a lot to unpack here as Crissy Van Meter has created so much depth (an ocean pun, hah) to Evie's life on Winter Island that I could have been easily convinced the place actually exists. I read this in one sitting, it is such a truly beautiful book." -- Carl Kranz, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA

9781593765866 Imaginary Museums 1/14/2020
"Hysterical, vivid, ominous, fervid, outrageous, captivating: can one collection of short stories be all of these things? Once you read Imaginary Museums, you'll see the answer to this question is a resounding yes. Polek's collection is filled to the brim with unforgettable characters: pretentious academics, nervous brides, sneaky landlords--they're all here and then some. Imaginary Museums transports you to places that are wholly another world and yet also undeniably familiar. Short fiction is having a moment, and if you haven't delved into some of the great short fiction that's being published, a great place to start is with Nicolette Polek's masterful and engrossing work." -- Morgan McComb, Square Books, Oxford, MS

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Position Announcement: Executive Director

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Position Announcement

Executive Director
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance

Position: Full-Time

Job Description: Executive Director, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance

SIBAThe Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA), a regional not-for-profit trade association, seeks an experienced and entrepreneurial-minded leader to serve as its next Executive Director.  The right candidate will be passionate about books and bookstores, have a solid familiarity with the region and the book industry, and have the strategic and administrative acumen needed to help the organization thrive in the future.

SIBA is a not-for-profit trade association of independent booksellers and others who are an integral part of the booksellers’ success – authors, publishers, vendors and publicists. SIBA’s membership includes 158 core members who are independent, “brick and mortar” bookstores in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. The organization is governed by a five-member Board of Directors with each Director serving a three-year term.  SIBA is deeply committed to upholding the principles of the Carver Policy Governance Model which makes a clear distinction between the policy-making role of the Board and the implementation role of the Executive Director. The staff, which is currently composed of two full-time positions and one contractual employee, operates virtually with each staff member working remotely. The annual operating budget is approximately $500,000. Wanda Jewell, the incumbent, is retiring after a thirty-year tenure as Executive Director.

Current programs are designed to provide skills, informational resources, and tools to enhance booksellers’ success and visibility. They include the annual Discovery Show and SIBA in the Springtime – high energy networking and educational events which draw hundreds of booksellers, authors, publishers, and vendors. Special awards, social media, and marketing tools are designed to increase sales and public awareness of indie bookstores. Also, SIBA’s Peer Review Trust acts as an archive of best practices for bookstores and offers peer review assessments for stores who feel they would benefit from some outside assistance. Priorities for SIBA’s next Executive Director are to continue strong governance practices, enhance strategic capabilities, promote organizational sustainability, build advocacy and partnerships, strengthen communication, improve programmatic and operational focus, seek opportunities to improve diversity and inclusion, and pursue ways technology can enhance SIBA’s overall efficiency and effectiveness.

Additional details about the position and qualifications sought are available on the Position Profile. Organizational information can be found on SIBA’s website – Inquiries about the position and the search process should be addressed to:

SIBA is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates.

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