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Why GABBS? I’ve been to Winter Institute, and attend my regional show, and the BEA. Why add GABBS?

Posted By Wanda Jewell, Friday, February 12, 2016

Welcome back to our column in the Bargain Book News (BBN).  March 1 – 4 marks the dates of SIBA in the Springtime (SITS) and the Great American Bargain Book Show (GABBS).

The Great American Bargain Book Show (GABBS) is a national show in Atlanta, GA.  Atlanta is easily accessible from anywhere in the US, and hotels & restaurants are affordable.

What does this event offer that I can’t get anywhere else?

·         Be the first to hear the results of ABACUS SouthSIBA is the first region to have enough stores participate in ABACUS to be able to pull our own regions results.  Hear how we did it and what we learned.

·         Booksellers will enjoy lunch and hear Kate DiCamillo bring her gift of gab about her new book – Raymie Nightingale.  Learn about SIBA’s successful One Book, One South, Jr. event with Raymie and southern readers. 

·         Be in the first ever session of Indie Bookstores and the New Localism: What You Can Do presented by the American Booksellers Association and takeaway important resources and data.

·         George Gibson’s The Economics of Publishing will include remainder and bargain books.

·         Experience the Call Me Ishmael phone.

·         Enjoy easy access to the Atlanta Spring Gift, Home Furnishings & Holiday Market® . GABBS is the only book show that takes place in tandem with the Gift Market.

·         When’s the last time you went on a Field TripGABBS offers Field Trips to both the Gift Market and the GABBS show floor.  Learn from veterans the ins and outs of working both of these valuable events.

Come on down, we’ll be looking for you.  Let’s sit & gabb.  Register here.  Email me with SITS & GABBS in the subject line and we’ll waive your $99 SITS registration fee and send you the code.

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) and the Great American Bargain Book Show (GABBS) have partnered up in many ways that have proved beneficial but we mostly want our efforts to benefit booksellers and with that goal in mind, BBN has agreed to give us a little space in their popular, far-reaching newsletter.  So, a few housekeeping details.  We are hoping to benefit all booksellers but a few columns may be SIBA-specific and we’ll let you know up front when that’s the case.  We’d also like to invite booksellers to offer up guest posts so if you have an idea or concept that you’d like to share, simply email

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