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SIBA Booksellers aka Voracious Readers aka Amazing Cheerleaders

Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, January 15, 2019

"This absolutely adorable rhyming story will have young readers assssssking to read it again and again."Snakes on a Train by Kathryn Dennis, reviewed by The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC

Read This!SIBA booksellers talk about a lot of books. Just ask their customers. They also sell a lot of books. Just ask their suppliers. And SIBA booksellers review a staggering number of books. Just ask Edelweiss.

In the past year, SIBA booksellers submitted over 1000 book reviews to Edelweiss: 1032 reviews of books published in 2018, to be exact. It's an amazing outpouring of enthusiasm and love of literature of all kinds. Over a third of SIBA's member stores submitted reviews -- 50 different stores -- and more than a third of those posted more than 30 reviews.

"Say Jonathan Strange, Mr. Norrell, and Lolita had a ménage à trois in a quaint English village inhabited by the likes of Jack the Ripper and Little Dorrit. Wonderful, readable, oddly moving and also...odd."
Unclay by TF Powys, review by Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC

The top five stores for posting reviews are

  1. The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC (121 reviews)
  2. Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA: (117 reviews)
  3. Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC: (98 reviews)
  4. Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA (91 reviews)
  5. Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, NC (77 reviews)

Malaprop's in Asheville, NC, Page 158 Books in Wake Forest, NC, and The Bookmiser in Marietta, GA all posted over 50 reviews.

"This is an honest look at how to keep parental relationships good while blending new partners into the mix, and it will make you feel great about your own dysfunctional family."
The Adults by Caroline Hulse, reviewed by Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA

Who sees reviews posted on Edelweiss aside from publishers and industry insiders? SIBA does. SIBA looks to the reviews posted on Edelweiss by its member stores as indicators for which books are going to be important to its members, and buzzed to southern readers. We use posted reviews in a variety of ways to help the buzz along:

  • SIBA publishes highlights from the week's reviews in our weekly newsletter to booksellers (SIBALAND) and to industry (SIBA Express), letting booksellers know what books their colleagues are especially excited about.

  • SIBA treats reviews of eligible titles as de facto nominations to its Okra Picks and Southern Book Prize programs

  • We reprint reviews once the books are published in the Lady Banks newsletter which has a reach of approximately 60,000 readers. Books are always linked back to the reviewing store for purchase

  • SIBA posts the reprinted reviews as books are published on its consumer-targeted website, (ARTS) "READ THIS! Books with Street Cred" has become a phenomenal resource of recommended reading (100% Algorithm Free!) from Southern booksellers. Books are tagged by topic, award, and IndieNext and are searchable by title, author, and keyword:

    Graphic Novels | Romance | Travel Literature | Feminism | Beach Reads

    Reviews are shared on social media and always link back to the reviewing store. "Read This" is one of the most visited and popular sections of the ARTS website.


Tags:  Edelweiss  read this! 

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Posted By Nicki Leone, Tuesday, August 21, 2018


Submitted this week on Edelweiss+ using the "send to SIBA" option. Thanks to Avid Bookshop, Bookmiser, Fountain Bookstore, Page & Palette, Page 158 Books, Read It Agains, Square Books,The Bookshelf in Thomasville, and The Country Bookshop.

9781944145200 Street Freaks 10/2/2018
"an action-packed story that melds The Fast and the Furious with science fiction."

9781641290111 An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good 10/2/2018
"Talk about a gateway drug! This potent collection of short stories about an little old lady murderer [introduces] the most charming serial killer since Dexter."

9781631494703 Joy Enough 1/15/2019
"one sentence had me laughing out loud in my living room, and the next had me welling up with tears."

9780525654674 The Weight of a Piano 1/22/2019
"a mesmerizing tale of the human connections and the piano thattruly did weigh on their lives "

9781501171956 Alice's Island 4/16/2019
"This is not your run of the mill dead-husband-wasn't-supposed-to-be-there type of story!"

9780062803467 Summer of a Thousand Pies 4/16/2019
"tugs on your heartstrings without ever falling into saccharine, and it packs an emotional punch that's resolved with humor and hope."

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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Help SIBA Build a Booklist for Adults and Kids Featuring the Immigrant and Refugee Experience

Posted By Linda-Marie Barrett, Wednesday, June 27, 2018


Help SIBA Build a Booklist for Adults and Kids Featuring the Immigrant or Refugee Experience

SIBA aims to build on the efforts of Avid Bookshop’s Manager of Children’s Books, Hannah DeCamp and offer member stores and consumers a book list on the timely topic of the refugees. Her “Books for Kids Featuring the Immigrant or Refugee Experience”  is an exceptional place to start. We’re reaching out to publishers who have titles for kids and adults that will help readers of all ages understand better the plight of refugees and immigrants as they seek to make new homes and rebuild their lives. If you have a title you’d like us to add to our list, please email We’ll make our list available to all stores via an Edelweiss collection, for ease of ordering. Thank you for your help!

Tags:  book list  bookseller  Edelweiss  immigrants  refugees 

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