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SIBA has new numbers. 

The new phone number for SIBA is 803.994.9530.

The current fax number for SIBA is: 309.410.0211.

The previous numbers will work for a short time.


Please welcome Debbie Burleson, our new Retail Territory Manager who joins Charles Greiner in serving booksellers in the South.

Debbie began her career with Baker & Taylor as a Marketing Brand Manager, managing independent studios and placing independent product into the Retail, CDF and Library markets until her departure in 2005. Debbie has since been an account executive with Ingram Digital Group, where she sold ebooks and electronic content into the higher academic market, before rejoining Baker & Taylor in the capacity of Retail Territory Manager.

Debbie will provide sales support to bookstores in Alabama, Arizona, DC, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

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ABA CEO Avin Mark Domnitz announces the launch of IndieBound.
In the spirit of the Boston Tea Party, booksellers declared a new era of Independents at Thursday night's Celebration of Bookselling, sponsored by Ingram Book Company/Ingram Publisher Services. The American Booksellers Association -- building on a rising tide of localism -- launched its new program, IndieBound, to enthusiastic applause in an SRO ballroom. The program is designed to unite booksellers, readers, indie retailers, local business alliances, and others in support of local activism and local economies and to lead an Independent Revolution.

ABA CEO Avin Mark Domnitz told the hundreds of attendees that "the times -- they are a-changin'" and the moment is right for a program centered on localism. "America has clearly reached a tipping point -- the big store on the highway doesn't do it anymore ... as [shoppers] are turning to the people in their communities -- they are turning to people who believe the same things they believe in."

The Celebration also honored the 2008 Book Sense Book of the Year Award winners, the Publishers Weekly Bookseller and Rep of the Year winners, and the 2008 Lucile Micheels Pannell Award winners.


Khaled Hosseini accepts his 2008 Book Sense Book of the Year Award for Fiction.
Accepting his Book Sense Book of the Year Award in the Fiction category for A Thousand Splendid Suns (Riverhead/Penguin), Khaled Hosseini, said, "Thank you so much for this show of faith in my writing ... support that came long before the publication of [The Kite Runner], and then for handselling the hell out of my books." Sharing his memories of biking to his neighborhood bookstore in Kabul as a boy, he described a growing love of literature fostered by the reading suggestions and encouragement from the store's owner. "I fell in love with books in that store," Hosseini said, "and you can't become a writer of books if you're not a lover of books." Saluting the assembled independent booksellers at the Celebration, he said, "Those of you who chose to make a living in this craft [of bookselling] are cultural ambassadors in the communities you have chosen to serve.... Without that very unique brand of word-of-mouth ... [many writers'] careers would not have taken off."

Nationwide Independent Bookstore Movement Announced at BookExpo America

American Booksellers Association Launches IndieBound; Localism Emphasized
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Los Angeles, CA May 29, 2008 Responding to both the consumer shift towards shopping at independent retailers and the growing emphasis on the ideas of localism and sustainability, the American Booksellers Association today launched IndieBound at its annual Celebration of Bookselling at BookExpo America. IndieBound will bring together booksellers, readers, indie retailers, local business alliances, and others who believe that healthy local economies help communities thrive.