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ABA Membership Offer & IndieLite Promotion

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, June 12, 2019

ABAABA Membership Offer and IndieLite Promotion

In light of the recent B&T news, we are partnering with the American Booksellers Association to offer a discount on ABA membership. Members of SIBA are invited to join the ABA for the rest of the year at the discounted rate of $50. We believe association membership is vital to enable our organizations to more effectively advocate on behalf of the indie channel.

In addition to this offer, for those stores who were participants in B&T’s Books and More e-commerce platform, ABA’s IndieCommerce team is offering the following promotion: 3 months of their IndieLite platform free, followed by $25/month for the remaining 9 months of the first year. We hope by reducing start-up costs, you’ll be able to more effectively utilize the e-Commerce platform to improve sales.

The ABA member promotion is through January 31, 2020, at which time you can renew your membership for $199 for the year. ABA offers quarterly and monthly payment options. IndieLite will be $50/month after the first promotional year.

Please complete the ABA application using the promo code regional19 or contact ABA’s membership team at if you’d like to take advantage of these offers.

Tags:  ABA  Baker & Taylor  IndieLite 

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Registration is open for 2019 Where's Waldo Shop Local

Posted By Nicki Leone, Saturday, February 9, 2019

Registration is now open for bookstores looking to participate in the 2019 Where's Waldo | Shop Local event co-sponsored by Candlewick Press.

Click here to register:

Here's link to the program brochure with information about the program.

  • Registration closes on March 1, 2019
  • Participation is capped at 250 bookstores, nationwide
  • Your store must be a member of the American Booksellers Association to participate

Click here to join the ABA:


Tags:  ABA  where's Waldo 

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Fill Out the ABACUS Survey to Earn an Extra Spot at Winter Institute 2019!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, June 11, 2018
Updated: Friday, June 8, 2018

Fill Out the ABACUS Survey to Earn an Extra Spot at Winter Institute 2019!


The deadline to participate in the annual ABACUS financial independent bookstore survey is Friday, June 15. Bookstores that have never submitted to ABACUS that participate in ABACUS-17 will this year have the option of registering an additional staff person for the upcoming Winter Institute, set for January 2019 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

This year, each region with at least 35 reporting stores will receive a data aggregate specific for their own region’s respondents. This data will be provided in Excel and will include all the metrics shown in the ABACUS report. And all participating bookstores from eligible regions will also receive the regional data in their individual company performance reports. Let's make this happen for the SIBA region, folks!


What we learned the last time we received a regional report (from 2014 data):

  • SIBA stores had a lower COGS and higher gross margin than ABA average
  • SIBA stores had lower payroll costs than ABA average
  • SIBA mid-range stores had higher occupancy and operational costs than ABA average
  • With the exception of mid-range stores, all SIBA stores did better than ABA average


SIBA Board President Doug Robinson, owner of Eagle Eye Book Shop, writes this about ABACUS, "Using my Quickbooks reports, I finished the survey in about 1.5 hours. I am strongly urging all of you to participate in the survey. ABACUS is a yearly, members-only survey which gathers valuable information that can help improve a bookstore's operations...and bottom line. Input from hundreds of ABA members results in valuable data that help ABA establish the benchmarks recommended for stores to improve business operations and profitability....What do you get out of this?...You'll get the ABACUS executive summary and a customized report for your store that analyzes the financial results...and you'll be helping all indie bookstores to better understand their financial results."


ABA member bookstores can begin the submission process by going to If stores participated last year, the store account information has been carried forward. New participants will need to create an account to access the site.


Stores with questions about ABACUS can email Michael Becher of Industry Insights, the company that assists ABA in compiling and creating the annual report.

Tags:  ABA  Abacus  booksellers 

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