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Posted By Wanda Jewell, Sunday, March 11, 2018

Are you creating events on Facebook?  SIBA would like to co-host those events with you.  When creating the event just choose Authors 'Round the South as your co-host.  It's easy and likely to increase not only awareness but attendance at events.  This makes it easy for SIBA share the upcoming event with her 15,000+ Facebook friends and followers.  Be sure to tag the author and publisher in your events post.  We are at your service.

 

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Read This Next! News you can use from the Land of SIBA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Thursday, March 8, 2018

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INTRODUCING READ THIS NEXT!

Read This Next!

"Booksellers beat algorithms all day long. One thing an algorithm cannot do is read a book, think of you, and know it is your kind of book. This is something booksellers do all day long, and in their sleep. Through Read This! Books with Street Cred, we're bringing SIBA booksellers' thoughts about their favorite new books to readers in every indie store across the South."--Wanda Jewell, Executive Director, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance

Beginning this spring, SIBA booksellers will have another tool for selling new releases they love: Read This Next! Books with Street Cred.

Building on the success of AuthorsRoundTheSouth.com's Read This! Books with Street Cred, SIBA will offer seasonal collections featuring the hottest new releases hand-picked and hand-curated by member booksellers. SIBA booksellers will have access to downloadable shelf-talkers, a downloadable flyer of the seasonal collection, and links to hundreds of books in our Read This! archive. SIBA looks forward to providing printed shelf-talkers and flyers as we launch our Read This Next! Extended and Read This Next! Kids in Summer 2018.

Read ThisNext! complements SIBA's Okra Picks by drawing attention to new releases beyond our geographical borders, highlighting that southern booksellers read everything and everywhere, and are passionate about literature. Want a sneak peak? Visit Read This!

Download the Read This! Flyer


ABA/SIBA SPRING BOOKSELLERS FORUM

Friday, March 23 @ Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC

10-11:30       A Year of Bookstore Profitability Education Session from ABA
ABA will present a year-long calendar of effective steps that bookstores can implement — as well as key cost-saving programs — to boost sales and improve the bottom line. This session is applicable to all bookstore employees, and booksellers will be invited to join the conversation and share thoughts about initiatives they use to improve profitability each quarter.

11:30-1:15    ABA Bookseller Forum & Lunch
Booksellers will have the opportunity during the open forum segment to discuss any of their concerns related to ABA, the book industry in general, and other issues. The spring forum discussions are a critically important vehicle for ABA to gather feedback from members, and all are encouraged to come prepared to discuss their concerns.

1:15-2            Talking about Amazon and Localism in Your Community
An open discussion among booksellers on how to talk with your customers and others in your community in order to raise awareness of the impact on the local economy of purchasing from online and big box retailers. We'll share ways to engage customers, staff, elected officials and other small business owners in a positive, productive conversation on the benefits of buying local, and the true impact of Amazon's growing presence within our economy. Using studies from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Civic Economics, ABA - as well as others - we'll talk about ways to educate your community on the importance of supporting local businesses. Discussion to be moderated by former SIBA President and current ABA Vice President Jamie Fiocco, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC, and Oren Teicher, ABA CEO.

Contact Jamie@flyleafbooks.com for more information


INSIDE YOUR BOOKSELLERS' BENEFITS PACKAGE:

THE PEER REVIEWS

Bookseller Benefits PackageSimply put, a peer review is booksellers helping booksellers. If you feel like there is room for improvement in your store (and who doesn't feel this way?), friendly fellow booksellers will visit your store, look at areas that are causing you concern, and offer constructive and confidential feedback.

Midtown Reader in Tallahassee, Florida, recently had a peer review session with Linda-Marie Barrett (SIBA) and Jill Hendrix (Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC):

"Thanks to Linda-Marie Barrett, Jill Hendrix, and all of SIBA, Midtown Reader had an educational and enriching few days of learning more about our store and the community of independent booksellers that make our business possible! We were thrilled to have them last week and look forward to working with them again in the future." --Mallorie

Peer Reviews are intensive and entirely confidential. For more info, and to request a review (or to be a reviewer) click here.


IMPORTANT CIRCLE OF SITES INFORMATION

Stores participating in the Banner-for-Dues program (aka "Circle of Sites" aka "Lady Banks Pick of the Week") should be aware that if your store site is converted to a secure site (that is, if your website now begins with "https") you may need to make a small update to your banner code for it to run properly. Contact nicki@sibaweb.com if you have the SIBA banner installed, but can't see it on your website.

SIBA keeps a calendar of the upcoming titles on its website, which members can access anytime. Here are the titles scheduled for March and April:

Beneath the SurfaceeAnatomy of a MiracleDread NationTurnip Greens and TortillasThen She Was Gone


B3! WEBINARS & BOOK CLUB

March 14 at 2PM: B3! Book Club discusses When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink (keynote speaker at WI18)

Daniel Pink gave the keynote speech at Winter Institute this year. ABA members can now view his talk on the ABA website.


 

The B3! Book Club schedule is here:

Click here for more webinars and registration info



BRILLIANT BOOKSELLER IDEA(S) OF THE WEEK:

Noir Reads: a monthly subscription box featuring Black authors that includes a reading guide and access to an online book club forum!

http://www.noir-reads.com

Jump on several trends by supporting diverse reading choices, helping your customers become better versions of themselves, and easing the buying process with home delivery! What targeted subscription services would work well with your community?


MORE BRIEF BUT HIGHLY USEFUL NEWS

  • Shop Local, Live Local: AdventureKEEN and Binc: AdventureKEEN will donate 3% of your 2018 purchases to Binc and return 3% back to your store. The deadline to sign up is March 31. Sign up here

  • Don't forget, you can earn $100 for referring a first time exhibitor to the SIBA Discovery Show: We want to make this easy so if you or your exhibitor emails SIBA and mentions the bookstore who recruited them, or the exhibitor they have recruited, a $100 credit will be applied to your account.  Only first-time exhibitors who purchase their exhibit table at full price will qualify for the $100 credit.  Booksellers can recruit more than one exhibitor, receiving $100 of credit each time that can be used towards any SIBA event for any bookseller you choose. Send your favorite potential exhibitors SIBA's show information packet.


Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmiser, Country Bookshop, Flyleaf Books, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Page 158 Books, Fiction Addiction, Union Avenue Bookshop, and Fountain Bookstore.

9780062856395 Melmoth 10/16/2018
"Listen! You can hear echoes of Mary Shelley ringing in Perry's gorgeous prose."

9781501156212 The Death of Mrs. Westaway 5/29/2018
"I feel like every book by Ware that I read is better than the last."

9780374228194 Our Kind of Cruelty 5/8/2018
"Spending 300 pages inside the mind of Mike Hayes is an adventure you won't soon forget. "

9781524763558 A Place for Us 6/12/2018
"Reminiscent of the Kite Runner, this novel will resonate for years to come."

9780316434805 Red Clocks 1/16/2018
"Margaret Atwood lives on in this vulgar, funny, political scope of a future world imagined. Could not stop reading and wondering if this could be us someday"

9781609454517 Disoriental 4/17/2018
"Fascinating, informative, and exceptionally well-written. I highly, highly recommend it!"

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



In the last issue: Inventory Activism, B3! Credit, and a EUREKAsiba Reading List

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Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
51 Pleasant Ridge Drive, Asheville, NC 28805
803.994.9530
Fax: 309.410.0211
www.sibaweb.com

 
#siba18: Fall Discovery Show
Sept 13-15 THU-SAT | Tampa, FL
 

Many thanks to our 2018 Inkreadible Sponsors below:

BookazineBaker & Taylor
Ingram Content Group 

The Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts

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ABA/SIBA Spring Bookseller Forum

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, March 7, 2018

ABA/SIBA Bookseller Forum

Friday, March 23 @ Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC

10-11:30       A Year of Bookstore Profitability Education Session from ABA
ABA will present a year-long calendar of effective steps that bookstores can implement — as well as key cost-saving programs — to boost sales and improve the bottom line. This session is applicable to all bookstore employees, and booksellers will be invited to join the conversation and share thoughts about initiatives they use to improve profitability each quarter.

11:30-1:15    ABA Bookseller Forum & Lunch
booksellers will have the opportunity during the open forum segment to discuss any of their concerns related to ABA, the book industry in general, and other issues. The spring forum discussions are a critically important vehicle for ABA to gather feedback from members, and all are encouraged to come prepared to discuss their concerns.

1:15-2           Talking about Amazon and Localism in Your Community:
An open discussion among booksellers on how to talk with your customers and others in your community in order to raise awareness of the impact on the local economy of purchasing from online and big box retailers. We'll share ways to engage customers, staff, elected officials and other small business owners in a positive, productive conversation on the benefits of buying local, and the true impact of Amazon’s growing presence within our economy. Using studies from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Civic Economics, ABA - as well as others - we’ll talk about ways to educate your community on the importance of supporting local businesses. Discussion to be moderated by former SIBA President and current ABA Vice President Jamie Fiocco, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC, and Oren Teicher, ABA CEO.

Contact  Jamie@flyleafbooks.com for more information and to RSVP.

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Read This Next! Books with Street Cred

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Read This Next! Books with Street Cred

"Booksellers beat algorithms all day long. One thing an algorithm cannot do is read a book, think of you, and know it is your kind of book. This is something booksellers do all day long, and in their sleep. Through Read This! Books with Street Cred, we're bringing SIBA booksellers' thoughts about their favorite new books to readers across the South."--Wanda Jewell, Executive Director, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance

Beginning this spring, SIBA booksellers will have another tool for selling new releases they love: Read This Next! Books with Street Cred.

Building on the success of AuthorsRoundTheSouth.com's Read This! Books with Street Cred, SIBA will offer seasonal collections featuring the hottest new releases hand-picked and hand-curated by member booksellers. SIBA booksellers will have access to downloadable shelf-talkers, a downloadable flyer of the seasonal collection, and links to hundreds of books in our Read This! archive. SIBA looks forward to providing printed shelf-talkers and flyers as we launch our Read This Next! Extended and Read This Next! Kids in Summer 2018.

Read This Next! complements SIBA's Okra Picks by drawing attention to new releases beyond our geographical borders, highlighting that southern booksellers read everything and everywhere, and are passionate about literature. Want a sneak peak? Visit Read This!

Download the Read This! Flyer

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B3! Book Club and Points: News you can use from the Land of SIBA

Posted By Nicki Leone, Monday, February 26, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, March 7, 2018

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FIRST THINGS FIRST: REALLY IMPORTANT DEADLINES


INVENTORY ACTIVISM WEBINAR NOW ONLINE

Erica Merrell's Wild Iris Books was a feminist bookstore and community center in Florida. Kimberly Daniels' The Country Bookshop is in a small historic town in central North Carolina. Two completely different communities, and two different, creative approaches to "inventory activism." There's more to it than just facing out a few books!

Inventory Activism


HOW COME I HAVE $10.20 in B3! POINTS?

Bookseller Benefits PackageIn the new edition of your Booksellers Benefits Package you will see that SIBA has updated and simplified the way we track B3! points for our members. The goal is to encourage and reward stores for participating in SIBA programs, so the new formula is quite simple:

500 points = $50 in SIBA credit

 

That means every point is worth ten cents. So rather than keep a running total of points, SIBA has started handing out virtual dimes like there is no tomorrow.

Those dimes will accumulate in store accounts as SIBA credit until the Discovery Show. After the show, the total reverts back to $0.00 and stores can start building up credit again for the next year. B3! credits can be applied to any SIBA expense, including store dues. Stores only have to request to use their credit, and SIBA will apply it.

For a list of what earns credit, click here


EUREKAsiba RECAP AND READING LIST

EUREKAsiba is a necessary event! I feel like a lot in our industry goes unquestioned or taken for granted and EUREKAsiba gives us all an opportunity to present and discuss topics that are both important and perhaps sometimes overlooked! -- John Cavalier, Cavalier House Books, Denham Springs, LA

By all accounts, SIBA's inaugural EUREKAsiba event was a big success. Feedback from attendees and presenters has been enthusiastic. SIBA will be making all the presentations available on video soon, but in the meantime, here's a list of some of the books and resources different presenters mentioned in their talks:

Jill Hendrix, in her talk "Profit is Not a Dirty Word" recommended two personal finance books that she used to help understand her store's financial goals and relationship to profitability:

  • All Your WorthAll Your Worth by Elizabeth Warren
  • Meet the FrugalwoodsMeet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living by Elizabeth Willard Thames
  • She also recommended Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster Into a Money-Making Machine by Mike Michaelowicz

Kelly Justice, in "Small Store, Big Mouth" stressed the importance of reading outside the industry, especially when it comes to being aware of trends. She watches Shark Tank, the business-themed reality television show, and sets a couple hours aside every month to read a variety of business and culture-themed magazines: Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Wired, (and Variety, naturally!)

Kelly also made a point of the importance of picking "mentors" both in and outside of the book industry -- people whose leadership example she admires and tries to emulate. Oprah was on her list, but so was Barbara Corcoran, Anthony Bourdain, and RuPaul!


EARN $100! DISCOVERY SHOW SEEKS NEW EXHIBITORS

#SIBA18 Discovery ShowYou get $100.  You get $100.  You get $100.  

In order to grow the Discovery Show, SIBA is asking its bookstore members to reach out to potential exhibitors they would like to see on the show floor. You all have local companies you love who would benefit from the exposure -- help us to bring them to the rest of SIBA territory!

Any bookseller who recruits a first-time Exhibitor to the 2018 Discovery Show in Tampa gets $100 for themselves and $100 for their exhibitor that can be used towards any subsequent SIBA programming.

We want to make this easy so if you or your exhibitor emails SIBA and mentions the bookstore who recruited them, or the exhibitor they have recruited, the credit will be applied to your account. 

Only first-time exhibitors who purchase their exhibit table at full price will qualify for the $100 credit.  Booksellers can recruit more than one exhibitor, receiving $100 of credit each time that can be used towards any SIBA event for any bookseller you choose.

Send your favorite potential exhibitors SIBA's show information packet.

Registration is now open for booksellers and exhibitors!


OKRA PICKS NEWSLETTER: LAST CALL

Normally the newsletter would be sent the middle of February, but this season we've scheduled it for after EUREKAsiba, so you still have time to participate.

See a sample here | Sign up here


COMING UP ON LADY BANKS PICK OF THE WEEK

SIBA has received several requests from booksellers to be informed what books are going to be advertised on "Lady Banks Pick of the Week" -- the banners running on store websites as part of the banner-for-dues program.

SIBA keeps a calendar of the upcoming titles on its website, which members can access anytime. Here are the titles scheduled for March and April:

Alabama SpitfireBeneath the SurfaceeAnatomy of a MiracleDread NationTurnip Greens and Tortillas


B3! WEBINARS & BOOK CLUB

March 14 at 2PM: B3! Book Club discusses When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink (keynote speaker at WI18)

Is the last chocolate always the best chocolate? Robert Gray's recent column in Shelf Awareness newsletter is all about Daniel Pink's book, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. It makes fascinating reading:

http://www.shelf-awareness.com/issue.html?issue=3191#m39509 


 

The B3! Book Club schedule is here:

Click here for more webinars and registration info



BRILLIANT BOOKSELLER IDEA(S) OF THE WEEK:

Taking a familiar symbol and making it new: Does anything say "Valentine's Day" more than conversation heart candies?

In anticipation of Valentine's Day, Brilliant Books in Traverse City, Mich., shared a photo of its window display on Facebook: "We put our own bookish spin on conversation hearts with our new window display!" (see here)


MORE NEWS

Firestorm Books, Asheville, NC, is seeking worker-owners:

As a worker-owned co-operative, Firestorm is not seeking “employees,” but worker-owners:  future co-owners of the business who both participate in daily retail operations and possess the managerial skills to help the co-op achieve growth. Additionally, as a community-supported, horizontally-organized collective with anarchist roots, Firestorm seeks future co-owners who have affinity with our collective model and commitment to liberatory social movement.



Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop Turnrow Books, The Country Bookshop, Malaprop's, McIntyre's Books, Page 158, Quail Ridge Books, and Fountain Bookstore

9781328781604 Moon 4/17/2018
"MOON is my favorite picture book of the season."

9781555978051 A Lucky Man 5/1/2018
"Jamel Brinkley's debut presents us with beautifully constructed stories that are both grounded and far-reaching."

9780525520375 There There 6/5/2018
"A magnificent and thunderous debut - Tommy Orange has announced himself as a powerful new voice in American letters."

9781524767570 The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl 5/1/2018
" Sweet enough to be a summer read and powerful enough to be a strong Newbery contender"

9781484767603 Drawn Together 6/5/2018
"What a fantastic picture book! I was astounded at the artwork by Dan Santat"

9781101972014 Guardian Angels and Other Monsters 3/6/2018
"a collection of futuristic short stories that would feel at home as episodes of Black Mirror on Netflix"

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



In the last issue: Meet Frank Reiss, A Cappella Books

Is your membership current?
Renew here | Booksellers Benefits Package

---
Thank you for your interest in SIBA,
 

Nicki Leone
SysAdmin
nicki@sibaweb.com


Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
51 Pleasant Ridge Drive, Asheville, NC 28805
803.994.9530
Fax: 309.410.0211
www.sibaweb.com

 
#siba18: Fall Discovery Show
Sept 13-15 THU-SAT | Tampa, FL
 

Many thanks to our 2018 Inkreadible Sponsors below:

BookazineBaker & Taylor
Ingram Content Group 

The Reba and Dave Williams Foundation for Literature and the Arts

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Circle of Sites: The Summer Wives

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B3! Book Club “Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping” by Paco Underhill, updated and revised version.

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