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Bookstores for sale in Franklin, NC.

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Bookstores for sale in Franklin, NC. From the listing:  “Ever dreamed of owning 2 well-established bookstores in the heart of Franklin? Here is your opportunity to purchase one turnkey business established in 1983 including 2 bookstores, inventory, fixtures, names of businesses (Books Unlimited & Unlimited Books for Kids) and clientele. Books Unlimited features thousands of book titles from Best Sellers to Regional Authors. In addition, Books Unlimited also carry many great gift ideas including Calendars, Games, Music, Journals and so much more. Unlimited books for kids is separately located in its own store front. Unlimited Books for kids is totally designed around the young reader in mind. Both locations are tenants on Main street in Franklin, NC." 


Please contact Suzanne Harouff, suzanne@booksunlimitednc.com for more details.

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Be part of the #SIBA19 Welcome Tote for Booksellers!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Be part of our welcome tote to booksellers attending the #SIBA19 Discovery Show. Blackstone Publishing is this year’s generous sponsor of the “Get Lost in a Book” tote.  We invite you to be part of the welcome tote and bring a smile to an indie bookseller’s face. What might be nice? Consider offering a popular sample product, a commemorative item like a button or pin or bookmark, book-themed socks, a chocolate bar, colorful binder clips, a pad of paper or journal with your company name on it, pencils, hand sanitizer or moisturizer. Booksellers love whimsy and practicality, sometimes at the same time. You probably already have the perfect promotional item and can combine it with a handy sell sheet.


Cost: $199 exhibitors/$299 non-exhibitors


Please email lindamarie@sibaweb.com for more details.

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Are you on this list?

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, July 23, 2019

SIBA19

Are you on this list?

From now until the beginning of the SIBA Discovery Show, SIBA will be promoting its Exhibitor Listings to its member stores to encourage them to visit booths and plan orders.

 

Bookish Birds -- A #SIBA19 First Time Exhibitor!

We upcycle old books into new gifts, creating page art and ornaments using pages of books destined for the trash. We love our bookstore partners (many are SIBA members) and look forward to meeting more booksellers and discussing our designs. SIBA special: Free shipping on orders of $250 or more.

Stylus Publishing -- A #SIBA19 First Time Exhibitor!

Stylus publishing focuses on higher education, covering such areas as teaching and learning, student affairs, professional development, and gender racial diversity on campus. We distribute clients such as Mercury Learning & Information and Baseball Prospectus Books. SIBA special: Buy 5 copies of Baseball Prospectus books, Get 1 free

SIBA19: Authors | Schedule | Exhibitors | Attendees | REGISTER!

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Launch your Fall Titles on September & October Lady Banks Bookshelf!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Have a title launching this fall? Want to reach SIBA's booksellers and their customers? Our best-value option is a spot on Lady Banks Bookshelf. This opportunity is consumer-facing, bookseller-engaged, and very affordable (just $549 for members) for a month of continuous promotion online, in stores, and on social media. We offer six spots/month and would love to see your key fall titles on our shelf!

 

Since SIBA redesigned Lady Banks Bookshelf last year, this promotion experienced a 23% increase in audience reach (from 17K to 22.5K), a 16% jump in engagement on social media, a 10% rise in impressions, and a 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.

 

What we know: Lady Banks Bookshelf titles become SIBA bestsellers. Would you like to feature an upcoming title? November and December are booked, but we still have open slots for September and October. Please contact lindamarie@sibaweb.com to reserve your space or for more information.

 

Link to the Edelweiss collection of August titles

Featured August titles below:

 

    

 

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Why August 1st is such an important day: #SIBA19 Deadline Info

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, July 16, 2019

SIBA Discovery Show deadline is approaching!

SIBA19August 1 is marked in big bold red letters on SIBA's calendar because it is the date of a number of important deadlines:

  • August 1 is the day that table prices go up by $100. If you haven't registered for the show yet, now is the time.

  • August 1 is the day your directory listings are due. Click here to see your listing
    and click here to submit or update a listing

  • August 1 is the deadline for ads in the SIBA Show Directory. Please take note of the updated design specs:

    PRINT ADS
    grayscale , tiff or pdf files. Minimum 300 dpi.
    full page: 5.3 x 8.3 inches
    half page 5.3 x 4 inches
    No bleeds are allowed on print ads

    DISCOVERY SHOW APP
    (optional for full and half page ad reservations):
    1700w x 300h pixels, 96 ppi. Include mobile-friendly destination link.

    To purchase an ad, email nicki@sibaweb.com

  • August 1 is the date that shipments may begin arriving at the Hollins warehouse for the show. Shipping and Drayage information is now available to download

Register for the show. Submist in your listings. Reserve your ads. August 1st is only a couple weeks away -- in fact, it is practically the day after tomorrow!

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Discovery Show Directory Advertising: Important Update

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, July 10, 2019

SIBA19Important information about Discovery Show Directory Advertising

SIBA has a new printer for it's Discovery Show Directory, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Arcadia Publishing & The History Press. The Directory will have an new format will also serve as a journal, and will have an online componant, the SIBA Discovery Show App, both of which we're very excited about.

While the print directory will act as a show journal for attendees, at 96 pages it will also have an active shelf life beyond the event, and is design to be of use to SIBA members long after the show has closed.

The Discovery Show App will have up-to-the-minute information about the show schedule, and will allow us to update exhibitor directory listings with extra booth signings and booth events.

Arcadia PublishingPurchasing an ad in the print directory automatically makes you eligible to have an ad on the show app!

This also means that design specifications and deadlines for the directory have changed. Please take note, bolded items are new for 2019:

TRADE SHOW DIRECTORY SPECS & DEADLINES
Full and Half page ad reservations include optional banners on SIBA's Discovery Show App

PRINT ADS

grayscale , tiff or pdf files. Minimum 300 dpi.
full page: 5.3 x 8.3 inches
half page 5.3 x 4 inches

No bleeds are allowed on print ads

DISCOVERY SHOW APP

(optional for full and half page ad reservations):
1700w x 300h pixels, 96 ppi. Include mobile-friendly destination link.

Logos: 2 inches x 2 inches minimum
Listings: 50 words max. Listings that exceed 50 words will be edited for length

Submit your logos and listings here

Deadlines:

Listings: August 1
Advertising: August 1

To reserve an ad or submit files, email: nicki@sibaweb.com

Tags:  #siba19 

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Partner with SIBA for Pre-Order Campaigns

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Updated: Thursday, June 20, 2019

SIBA offers an extraordinary opportunity for publishers and authors to create pre-order campaigns targeting independent booksellers and consumers across eleven states. We will work with you to build momentum, enlist bookseller engagement, and promote directly to our consumer audience.


Special Pricing: Your 2k Budget gets promotions valued at $2695. What’s included:


Bookseller targeted:

  • eBlast that links to publisher page with pre-sale banner ads/social media images: $549

  • Banner ad promoting pre-sale campaign in SIBAland newsletter to booksellers: $299

  • Blogpost in SIBAland newsletter to booksellers: priceless


Consumer-targeted:

  • Banner ad on Circle of Sites (50 Indie Bookseller websites) with pre-order message, clicks through to purchase: $899

  • Month-long promotion on Lady Banks Bookshelf, clicks through to purchase: $549

  • Social Blast to consumers across SIBA’s social media platforms on or around release date, clicks through to purchase: $399


Please contact lindamarie@sibaweb.com to discuss how SIBA can make your pre-order campaign a success! Other pricing models available. We’ll work with your budget and goals.

Tags:  pre-order campaigns 

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Put Your Big Fall Titles on Lady Banks Bookshelf!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, June 17, 2019
Updated: Monday, June 10, 2019

SIBA promotes six new books every month to consumers on our Lady Banks Bookshelf. This promotion is consumer-facing and bookseller-engaged!

 

Since SIBA redesigned Lady Banks Bookshelf last year, this promotion experienced a 23% increase in audience reach (from 17K to 22.5K), a 16% jump in engagement on social media, a 10% rise in impressions, and a 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.

 

What we know: Lady Banks Bookshelf titles become SIBA bestsellers. Would you like to feature an upcoming title? We have excellent availability in August and going forward into the year. Please contact lindamarie@sibaweb.com to reserve your space or for more information.

 

Edelweiss collection of July Titles

The Substitution Order by Martin Clark

Stay and Fight by Madeline Ffitch

Late Migrations by Margaret Renkl

Last List of Miss Judith Kratt by Andrea Bobotis

Under Currents by Nora Roberts

Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber

 

     

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Early Bird Call for #SIBA19 Exhibitor Listings

Posted By Nicki Leone, Wednesday, June 12, 2019
#SIBA19

 

Beginning this month, SIBA will be promoting our #SIBA19 exhibitors to our member booksellers in advance of the show in September. Specifically, we'll be highlighting exhibitor listings and profiling sales reps on SIBA's blog and in its weekly newsletter to booksellers.

To arrange a profile for your sales rep, contact Linda-Marie at lindamarie@sibaweb.com.

To submit, update, or confirm your exhibitor listing click here

Your directory listing can also contain up to three booth signings in addition to your main listing. As soon as you know your booth signing information, submit it on the form at the link above.

THE ART OF THE EFFECTIVE DIRECTORY LISTING:

Your table reservation includes a 50‐word description for the show directory. Attendees use the directory to prioritize their time on the show floor, so take some time crafting your listing.

Some do's and don'ts:

  1. DON'T include information that can be easily found online: that's a waste of valuable space.

  2. DO include information that will make booksellers want to visit your booth: show specials, giveaways, special events around lead titles

  3. DO use industry-accepted shorthand to save space. For example:
    "Backlist special: 10+ 90d FF 48% thru 12/31
    translates to "Backlist special: Order 10 or more units and receive 90 days dating, free freight, and a 48% discount, offer good through December 31st."

  4. DON'T use special formatting in your listing -- it won't appear in the final directory.

  5. DO consider enhancing your listing. Include up to three Booth Signings (does not count against your word limit). And consider purchasing a Logo-enhanced listing to make your listing really stand out. A logo listing costs $300 and can be reserved by submitting your logo in the listing form

 

https://sibaweb.site-ym.com/page/directory_listing_fm

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What are Your Bestselling Christian Titles? Indie Booksellers Want to Know!

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Monday, June 10, 2019
With LifeWay Christian Stores closing its brick-and-mortar locations, many of their customers are looking for Christian books from other sources, including independent bookstores. Knowing what books to bring in can be challenging for buyers who don’t know this market. While at BookExpo, SIBA reached out to HarperCollins Christian Publishing’s Dan Van Gorp, Senior Director of Independent Retail, who provided their bestselling titles at LifeWay during the last 12 months.  Do you have titles to add to our Edelweiss Collection for booksellers? Please email lindamarie@sibaweb.com to represent your bestselling Christian titles on this list. Thank you!

Tags:  Christian  LifeWay 

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