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2019 Independent Bookstore Day Catalog of Exclusives -- now on Edelweiss

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The fifth annual Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) will be celebrated at independent bookstores across the country on Saturday, April 27th. Bookstore Day is proud to announce the 2019 catalog of exclusive items and some exciting changes.

The 2019 catalog of IBD-exclusives goes live on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 on Edelweiss and at www.indiebookstoreday.com. Bookstores have until FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2019 to place their Bookstore Day orders online.

Bookstore Day will have a panel discussion at Winter Institute in Albuquerque to offer party ideas, answer questions, and take orders in person.

NEW THIS YEAR

Ingram and IBD are making it even easier to place IBD orders. 

Option 1 - Build your order using our catalog on Edelweiss (search for Independent Bookstore Day – 2019). Download the order and email it directly to Ingram at IBD@ingramcontent.com

Option 2 - Download the catalog and place your order using the online form on www.indiebookstoreday.com

The 2019 IBD tote bags are generously sponsored by Chronicle Books and designed by Jane Mount, author of Bibliophile. They feature a “bookshelf” of IBD-exclusive titles from the past five years. Wholesale orders must be placed by February 1, 2019. The order form can be found at www.indiebookstoreday.com.

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SOUTHERN BOOK PRIZE DRAWINGS FOR 1/14

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

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.

The ballot: www.southernbookprize.com

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:

Facebook

Ghost Boys

Twitter

Ghost Boys

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Ghost Boys

 

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

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

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THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Edelweiss+

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Books & Books, Fiction Addiction, Flyleaf Books, Fountain Bookstore, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, One More Page, Oxford Exchange, Page & Palette, The Country Bookshop, Underground Books, Union Ave. Books.

9781250200587 When All Is Said 3/5/2019
"was repeatedly surprised that this novel was not actually written by an crotchety, old Irishman."

9780525514022 The Orphan of Salt Winds 1/15/2019
"The setting is almost a character in itself. Eerie and atmospheric, this novel is the perfect winter read."

9780385544030 The Grief Keeper 6/11/2019
"an incredibly unique and powerful debut novel; my heart is still in my throat even a day after finishing it."

9781328919021 Auntie Poldi and the Vineyards of Etna 3/5/2019
"a fun departure from stodgy cozy mysteries yet not too grisly when it comes to the inevitable dead bodies"

9780062863324 In Another Time 3/5/2019
"My heart broke several times over the course of this book"

9780735225299 A Woman of No Importance 4/9/2019
"Purnell has penned another spectacular history of another outstanding woman"

9780525520610 Lost Children Archive 2/12/2019
"one of the most timely and important books of 2019."

More bookseller reviews

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

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B3 Webinar Rescheduled

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, January 9, 2019

 

Owing to an outage of SIBA's video streaming services, the B3 webinar on Subscription Services will be rescheduled for next week. Email Linda Marie at lindamarie@sibaweb.com if you would like to attend.

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Letter from Dan Simon, Founder & Publisher, Seven Stories Press

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Friday, January 4, 2019

Letter from Dan Simon, Founder & Publisher, Seven Stories Press


In May 2018, Seven Stories Press launched an online Pride Month special collection. Eileen Dengler, executive director of NAIBA, emailed with a request: Couldn’t we find a way for booksellers to participate, and not compete, in what we were doing online? I loved the question, and wrote to our sales and distribution partners at Penguin Random House. They, too, loved the idea and were willing to make the titles we selected for themed collections available to booksellers through a special promotion. Together with NAIBA, we launched periodic themed collections:  “Women in Translation” and “For Human Rights, Against War.” Seven Stories included a prize for the best in-store display, juried by NAIBA, based on photographs the booksellers sent in, with half the prize money going to the store and the other half going to the individual staff person who designed the display.


We’ve learned that the right answers come if you continue asking the right questions. We don’t think we have all the answers; we’re experimenting. But we are also listening. And we enjoyed the conversations over the course of those months. There was a lot that the president of NAIBA, Todd Dickinson, and Eileen were saying that made all kinds of sense to us. The initiative succeeded well enough for us all to want to continue it. 


After a few months, we decided to expand, inviting a small group of independent publishers to participate in 2019.  Eileen has reached out to all the regional bookseller associations to participate. We’ve chosen three months for the collections: March, June and October. The upshot will be that not only will a bond be strengthened between independent publishers and independent booksellers, but also that within stores there will be a special place for readers to find an “Indie Playlist.” 

 

Out of that ongoing conversation, we’ve now altered our online profile. In solidarity with our friends at independent bookstores across the nation, we are excluding from any discount all new books and all frontlist titles, meaning anything published in the past year, and our top twenty all-time best-selling titles. Consumers will find these at their local indie bookseller, along with the other discoveries that physical independent stores are all about. We still have our annual sale for the holidays, and other online initiatives. But we no longer automatically discount all the books on our site. Consumers can still come to our website for deep discovery. Physical stores may find the right book for you, but they can’t carry in their limited space the thousand or so political and literary titles on our backlist. We’ll continue to send the ebook version (gratis) of any book with an email copy of a receipt showing the purchase from an indie bookstore. 

 

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Bookstores as places of inspiration: Lady Banks Bookshelf in January

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, January 1, 2019

LADY BANKS BOOKSHELF IN JANUARY:

Bookstores as places of inspiration:

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Just to Recap:

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: 

     

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2019 Winter Okra Picks

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Updated: Sunday, December 30, 2018

Okra PicksMake a New Year’s Resolution to read more Okra! Southern Independent booksellers have chosen the 2019 Winter Okra Picks – a collection of the best forthcoming Southern books of the season. Each of the 18 books selected have a couple things in common: They are Southern in nature, they are coming out sometime in the next three months (January, February, March), and they have a following among Southern indie booksellers, who can’t wait to introduce them to new readers.

Add a bit of tasty reading to your literary diet. Serve yourself a helping of Okra Picks.

Meet Miss FancySugar RunThe Elephant in the RoomThe Gilded Wolves

Meet Miss Fancy by Irene Latham ; John Holyfield
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers | Hardcover | 9780399546686 | 01/08/2019 | $17.99

Sugar Run by Mesha Maren
Algonquin Books | Hardcover | 9781616206215 | 01/08/2019 | $26.95

The Elephant in the Room: One Fat Man's Quest to Get Smaller in a Growing America by Tommy Tomlinson
Simon & Schuster | Hardcover | 9781501111617 | 01/15/2019 | $27.00

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Wednesday Books | Hardcover | 9781250144546 | 01/15/2019 | $18.99

The CurrentMiraculumParkland SpeaksWe Cast a Shadow

The Current by Tim Johnston
Algonquin Books | Hardcover | 9781616206772 | 01/22/2019 | $27.95

Miraculum by Steph Post
Polis Books | Hardcover | 9781947993419 | 01/22/2019 | $26.00

Parkland Speaks: Survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas Share Their Stories by Sarah Lerner
Crown Books for Young Readers | Paperback | 9781984849991 | 01/22/2019 | $17.99

We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin
One World | Hardcover | 9780525509066 | 01/29/2019 | $27.00

American PopThe Atlas of Reds and BluesLost Children ArchiveA-List

American Pop by Snowden Wright
William Morrow & Company | Hardcover | 9780062697745 | 02/05/2019 | $26.99

The Atlas of Reds and Blues by Devi S. Laskar
Counterpoint LLC | Hardcover | 9781640091535 | 02/05/2019 | $25.00

Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
Knopf Publishing Group | Hardcover | 9780525520610 | 02/12/2019 | $27.95

A-List by D. P. Lyle
Oceanview Publishing | Paperback | 9781608093335 | 02/19/2019 | $16.00

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry GirlsRayne & Delilah's Midnite MatineeA Friend is a Gift You Give YourselfSoltary

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray
Berkley Books | Hardcover | 9781984802439 | 02/19/2019 | $26.00

Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner
Crown Books for Young Readers | Hardcover | 9781524720209 | 02/26/2019 | $17.99

A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself by William Boyle
Pegasus Books | Hardcover | 9781643130583 | 03/05/2019 | $25.95

Solitary by Albert Woodfox
Grove Press | Hardcover | 9780802129086 | 03/05/2019 | $26.00

The Good DetectivePoetree

The Good Detective by John McMahon
G.P. Putnam's Sons | Hardcover | 9780525535539 | 03/19/2019 | $27.00

Poetree by Shauna Lavoy Reynolds ; Shahrzad Maydani
Dial Books | Hardcover | 9780399539121 | 03/19/2019 | $17.99

Find more information about the Okra Picks at AuthorsRoundtheSouth.com/okra

Southern indie booksellers: We grow good books!

 

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THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Edelweiss+THE BOOKS YOUR COLLEAGUES ARE TALKING ABOUT

Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmarks, Books & Books, Garden District Bookshop, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, Quail Ridge Books, and The Story Shop.

9781524737092 The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA 1/8/2019
"Such a beautiful book. War heroes, life in the summer-time South, family, & friendship."

9780143133421 Notes on a Nervous Planet 1/29/2019
"If you live and breathe, you need this book."

9780385544030 Look How Happy I'm Making You 3/19/2019
"Reading these stories as a mother made me feel less alone, like someone has witnessed all my troubles and triumphs and understands them all."

9781400069996 Save Me the Plums 4/2/2019
"I devoured this one and already want a second helping. "

9781250312846 Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me 5/7/2019
" It's refreshing to see a queer story that isn't either death and despair or happy perfect rainbows"

9781368039703 Don't Date Rosa Santos 5/14/2019
"Come for the romance, stay for the magical realism & pastelitos!"

9781477316467 Human Matter 5/28/2018
a book that's not afraid of questioning the moral and ethical ambiguity of everyone involved, while understanding the impossibility of justice."

More bookseller reviews

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B3! Webinar with Bryan E. Robinson: #Chill for Booksellers: Integrating a Healthy Work/Life Balance

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, December 31, 2018

B3! Webinar with Bryan E. Robinson: #Chill for Booksellers: Integrating a Healthy Work/Life Balance

Wednesday, February 6, 2019⋅2:00 – 3:00pm

 

The cycle of 24/7 work addiction can be difficult to break, but according to Bryan E. Robinson, Ph. D., a licensed psychotherapist and mindfulness expert, it’s only a matter of reframing priorities and practicing mindfulness. Chilling is not something you do. It’s a mindset, a way of being in the world.

Bryan E. Robinson is the author of #Chill: Turn Off Your Job and Turn On Your Life. In our webinar, he'll present his philosophy and some tools and exercises to reframe priorities, practice mindfulness, and break a cycle of work addiction. He'll also take your questions about challenges that come up for you and your workplace. Please RSVP lindamarie@sibaweb.com to attend.


SIBA Booksellers praise Robinson's # Chill:

  • "Robinson's approach to workaholism comes from his own experience, so it is a compassionate and knowing approach to a subject that could otherwise get thorny. Still, you'll want to give it to your boss and your boss's boss, and anyone else whose own workaholism keeps you at your desk after hours."--Melanie McNair, former Director of Marketing and Events and Assistant Manager of Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe

  • "Bryan has combined best practices from psychology, meditation, and mindfulness to  create a guidebook for those struggling with work/life balance. Nearly every business owner I know could benefit from this book." --Jill Hendrix, owner of Fiction Addiction

 

 


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Southern Book Prize Drawings for December 24: The Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, December 19, 2018

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.

12/24/2018 Drawing: The Gods of Howl Mountain by Taylor Brown

Congratulations to last weekend's drawing recipients:

  • Claudia, a customer of Nevermore Books in Beaufort, SC gets a copy of The Best Book in the World by Rick Bragg
  • Pat, a patron of My Sister's Books, Pawley's Island, SC, receives a copy of Lions & Liars by Kate Beasley

The ballot: www.southernbookprize.com

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:

Facebook

Lions and Liars Drawing for Facebook

Twitter

Lions and Liars Drawing for Twitter

Instagram

Lions and Liars Drawing for Instagram

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