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William Joyce coming to #siba12!

April, 2012

In This Issue

Inkreadible Sponsors

Upcoming on
Circle of Sites

A Land More Kind Than Home
A Land More Kind Than Home
(William Morrow & Company
)

Relentless Pursuit
Relentless Pursuit
(David C. Cook
)

Leaving Church
Leaving Church
(HarperOne
)

Beach House Memories
Beach House Memories
(Gallery Books
)

The Secrets of Mary Bowser
The Secrets of Mary Bowser
(William Morrow
)

 

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About Us

SIBA is a trade organization for independent brick and mortar bookstores in the South.
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Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance

www.sibaweb.com

Big news in this edition of SIBA eInk! The SIBA Book Award finalists have been finalized. The Summer Okra Picks have been picked. Summer Revivals have been revived. Holiday catalog survey results have had results. Lady Banks Bookshelf has been dusted off and reshelved, and there is a poem in the poet's corner.


What Academy Award Winning Writer will appear at #SIBA12?  And the OSCAR goes to…

William Joyce...William Joyce! 

For his delightful film – The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore and the author of The Guardians of Childhood a luminous new series for children of all ages!  “Of course you know the guardians.  You’ve known them since before you can remember…”

William and all of us at SIBA are hoping you will be there, too.  Sign up to attend #SIBA12 today!

Register here: [link]

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SIBA is looking for bookstore hosts for the Summer Series of Bookseller Revivals!

Would you like your store to host a Bookseller Revival this summer?
SIBA Directors will each be hosting a revival this summer.  These are day-long gatherings directed at booksellers within a two hour drive of the host store.  Leave home at 8am, revivals begin at 10am, include education, lunch, author meet & greet, and an opportunity to share your vision for SIBA’s future, and end at 3pm, putting you back home around 5pm.  So we currently are scheduling Bookseller Revivals in Richmond, Chapel Hill, Atlanta, Greenville, SC, and New Orleans.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in serving as a Revival Host Bookstore to get the details!

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Lady Banks Bookshelf

Lady Banks Gets a New Pair of Shoes!

Both the newsletter and bookshelf have been updated.

The Lady Banks Commonplace Book newsletter is now a weekly email newsletter that includes the SIBA Bestseller list, our new Special to the Southern List, Events from Authors ‘Round the South, One Great Bookstore, where we feature a core member, and in the case where that member sells books online, we connect all of the book jackets in the Lady Banks newsletter for that week to that store.  In that way we should be able to feature every store every two years and we hope you experience a Lady Banks bump!
We have also pumped up Lady Banks Bookshelf!  Lady Banks Bookshelf has been in place for several years now but it is getting spruced up via our Authors Round the South Facebook page.  SIBA has diligently increased its presence on Facebook via marketing and advertising to the point where there are over 5000 fans and an influence reach of over 2 million.  The income from this re-launched Lady Banks Bookshelf will be used to extend the reach of ARTS to more and more readers.  So be sure and participate in All Things ARTS as that is where Lady Banks looks for content and promotes you to readers on Facebook.

  • Posting events at Authors ‘Round the South (ARTS).  ARTS is promoted directly to both consumers and the industry as the place to find bookstores in the south.  When looking where to send authors or where to hear a writer and buy a signed book, this website is the only one of its kind that directs folks to indie bookstores and their events in the south.
  • Find a Bookstore!  One hundred forty writers have posted a Find an Indie Bookstore badge above the fold on their website home page.  We are spreading the message across the internet and we want you on the list!
  • The SIBA Holiday Catalog is a value-rich benefit of SIBA membership.  This full color gift catalog imprinted with your store logo and information that can be distributed to your customers and inserted into your hometown newspapers is absolutely free to SIBA Core Members in any quantity.
  • Participate in the Free Book Stimulus Plan.  SIBA has shipped hundreds of books to SIBA Indie bookstore customers in the south.  Don’t let your store fall of the list.  Customers are looking for you.

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These Books will be in your Holiday Catalog!

2012 SIBA Book Award Finalists AnnouncedSIBA Book Award

The judges on the Pulitzer committee may have been unable to make up their minds, but we don't think that will be a problem here in SIBA territory--announcing the 2012 SIBA Book Award Finalists!

Children
Always Neverland by Zoe Barton (HarperCollins)
Animalogy by Marianne Berkes (Sylvan Dell)
Bigger than a Breadbox by Laurel Snyder (Random House)
Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond by Mary Quattlebaum (Dawn Publications)

Cooking
Basic to Brilliant Y’all by Virginia Willis (Ten Speed Press)
New Southern Garden Cookbook by Sheri Castle (University of North Carolina Press)
Southern Biscuits by Nathalie Dupree & Cynthia Graubart (Gibbs Smith)
Well, Shut My Mouth by Stephanie L. Tyson (John F. Blair)

Fiction
The Beach Trees by Karen White (New American Library)
The Butterfly’s Daughter by Mary Alice Monroe (Gallery Books)
The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew (Kensington)
Iron House by John Hart (St. Martin’s Press)
Nightwoods by Charles Frazier (Random House)

Nonfiction
Lions of the West by Robert Morgan (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)
Praying for Strangers by River Jordan (Berkley)
Upheaval in Charleston by Susan Millar Williams and Stephen G. Hoffius (University of Georgia Press)
Working South by Mary Whyte (University of South Carolina Press)
You Don’t Sweat Much for a Fat Girl by Celia Rivenbark (St. Martin’s Griffin)

Poetry
Abandoned Quarry by John Lane (Mercer University Press)
Head Off & Split: Poems (2011) by Nikky Finney (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press)
Terroir by Robert Morgan (Penguin)
Waking by Ron Rash (Hub City Press)

Young Adult
The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan (Delacorte)
Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact by A. J. Hartley (Razorbill)
Magnolia League by Katie Crouch (Poppy Books)
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley (Simon and Schuster)

Read More

This is a marketing opportunity to help you sell more new books.  Stock these.  Do a display.  Watch them fly out the door like in The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

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2012 Book Awards


Holiday Catalog Results Realized

New single cover choice promoting books as gifts for any season

50+ SIBA stores participated in the Holiday Catalog Survey.  SIBA appreciates the input.  These stores plan to distribute more than 400,000 catalogs this year.  When asked, “What do you wish was different about the holiday catalog?” booksellers provided a wide variety of good ideas and SIBA wants to update you on the changes that have come about as a result of the survey results! 

  • FREE imprinting area INCREASED to 4 inches on the back cover and 3 ½ on the front
  • Continue to include ISBNs
  • Add "Coming in November" or "Pub date January" for any titles publishing after October
  • Include Bookseller Picks, but we need to hear from you – Booksellers:  Suggest a Book!
  • SIBA Book Awards will include alternate editions (paperback, e-book) when available
  • New single cover choice promoting books as gifts for any season

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Frindies


Booksellers, let your groups know!

new organization pages at ReaderMeetWriter.com

As part of the expansion of the ARTS website and bookstore event calendar, SIBA is now opening up listings for literary arts organizations, libraries, schools, and other groups with a connection to the literary community in their area.  As we expand this feature, organizations will be able to connect with SIBA stores, post information about their programming needs and list calls for volunteers.

In order to be listed, an organization must either be a member of SIBA, or be invited to be listed by a SIBA Bookseller or STARS author.

Booksellers: If there are literary groups in your area you think would be a good fit for the program, you can email SIBA their links and/or contact information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Win a trip to #siba12!

Summer Harvest of OKRA!

Okra PicksYour next batch of Okra Pick Cards will be shipped the week of May 1!

Southern indie booksellers like their okra, and they love their southern books. The new list of Okra Picks-- great southern books, fresh off the vine-- has just been released. A dozen new books that all have two things in common: They are southern in nature, and there is a southern indie bookseller that wants everyone to read each one!  Your next batch of Okra Pick Cards will be shipped the week of May 1!

The Summer Okra Picks List!

15 Seconds
by Andrew Gross
William Morrow, July 2012
9780061655975

A Land More Kind Than Home
by Wiley Cash
William Morrow, April 2012
9780062088147

Beach House Memories
by Mary Alice Monroe
Gallery Books, May 2012
9781439170663

The Cove
by Ron Rash
Ecco, April 2012
9780061804199

Desert Rose
by Edythe Scott Bagley
University of Alabama Press, May 2012
9780817317652

Don't Ever Get Old
by Daniel Friedman
Minotaur, May 2012
9780312606930

Hell or High Water
by Joy Castro
Thomas Dunne Books, July 2012
9781250004574

The Palmetto and Its South Carolina Home
by Jim Harrison
University of South Carolina Press, April 2012
9781611170498

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean
HarperCollins, May 2012
9780062110589

Precious Bones
by Mika Ashley-Hollinger
Delacorte Books for Young Readers, May 2012
9780385742191

Shine Shine Shine
by Lydia Netzer
St. Martins Press, July 2012
9781250007070

Three Times Lucky
by Sheila Turnage
Dial Books, May 2012
9780803736702

Okra Picks deadlines A Free Trip to #SIBA12 AND $150 in Co-op?  How’s that?

It’s time to pick the next batch of Okra Picks!  We are committed to the Okra Picks and want to assist you in selling these books.  We have in place the Okra Picks Display Contest, the Okra Picks Co/Op Program, and the Okra Pick Cards.  Be sure you are displaying the pick cards in the vertical display plastic beside your cash register.  Take a photo of the display and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Information about Okra Picks, along with marketing materials, guidelines, and nomination forms, can be found here:

http://www.sibaweb.com/okra

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Poet's Corner

by Emöke B'Racz
Malaprops Book Store & Cafe, Asheville, NC

Growing up Calvinist under communism taught me many things. Not all bad, either. I was always aware that we, human beings, need to be able to put other’s needs before our own at times. Frugality was not a sin, it was a requirement. Common sense and being able to create as we needed from what we had became a high art among us. We had no Joneses to keep up with; we were happy to be alive (after WWII, Recsk and “56 in Hungary) and have a garden, books, poetry, and each other. 

It was a loving grandparent-filled childhood.

I had been lucky to be born into a family that was poised to educate the children.
Day after day Grandma kept us reading and studying.
That teaching from her remained with me 
hence the ability to create run enjoy and maintain  
cultural center for a town that   
did not promise a rose garden at first 
but I must say the mountains,
the architecture 
and the affordability of the rent in 1982 
made Asheville the place to become who we are today. 

I have said many clever things to many interviewers 
but the truth is I have been grateful and 
blessed by the readers and writers who seem 
to understand or feel the importance or the need 
to make available a diverse literature 
in any town anywhere USA. 

I have held that philosophy and 
realized that happiness and success 
are really the same for me. 
Success of the bookstores really comes 
from the laughter and enjoyment 
we experience every day in the store.
It is just enough for this person to go on

The writers and poets have been most generous 
with their gift of words through the 30 years 
they have been there 
for Malaprop’s 
for you,
the reader.

Emoke
“every little thing is everything”

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Thank you for your interest in SIBA,

Wanda Jewell, Executive Director
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
3806 Yale Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205
803.994.9530
Fax: 309.410.0211
www.sibaweb.com

Thank you to SIBA's Inkreadible Sponsors 2011:
Baker & Taylor
Bookazine

Trade Show #SIBA12: Sept 7-9, 2012 at Naples Grande Beach Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Collection

Find your favorite authors at Authors 'Round the South
What I'm blogging: Wanda's Wonderful Book Blog
Follow me on Twitter

 

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{We know good books, we grow good books}

it's time to nominate the summer Okra Picks!

March, 2012

In This Issue

Inkreadible Sponsors

Upcoming on
Circle of Sites

 

Indomitable Will
Indomitable Will
(Crown Publishing Group
)

Blue Moon Bay
Blue Moon Bay
(Bethany Publishing House
)

Temptation
Temptation
(David C. Cook
)

A Land More Kind Than Home
A Land More Kind Than Home
(William Morrow & Company
)

Relentless Pursuit
Relentless Pursuit
(David C. Cook
)

Leaving Church
Leaving Church
(HarperOne
)

 

Previous Issues

About Us

SIBA is a trade organization for independent brick and mortar bookstores in the South.
Follow us on twitter
Find us on Facebook

Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance

www.sibaweb.com

What's in this edition of SIBA eInk? We're highlighting some of the things SIBA does to promote southern books & booksellers to the reading public. Lady Banks' {book} trailer park, books that are "Special to SIBA," authors who are "Frindies" (friends of indies), calls for suggestions for the Holiday Catalog, calls for nominations of Okra Picks, SIBA Book Award Long List, and can we picque your interest in Pinterest?


Welcome to the Trailer Park

I once lived in a single-wide trailer on Main Street downtown Jefferson, South Carolina.  The State House Representative for Jefferson was my landlord.  There was no traffic light, a bank that “covered my checks” long before there was such a thing as overdraft, and a grocery store where I could “run a tab” that billed me monthly.  The Bookmobile parked in the Post Office parking lot once every two weeks and the most excitement I had the near-year I was there was checking out a paperback copy of Psycho (never read, and never saw the movie) emblazoned with a warning:  Do not read after dark!  I carried it home, waited til the sun went down, read every word, took a shower, and went to bed!  Oh what a night!

Lady Banks’ Trailer Park is a new addition to Lady Banks’ Commonplace Book e-newsletter and one we hope you will enjoy and participate in by sending us the best book trailers you come across.  We will also be collecting them on our Pinterest Board – Lady Banks’ Trailer Park -
http://pinterest.com/wjewell/lady-banks-trailer-park/

 

Source: youtube.com via Wanda on Pinterest

 

 

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Special to the Southern List

Also a new segment of Lady Banks’ Commonplace Books e-newsletter is the list of books that appear on SIBA’s Bestseller List each week yet do not appear on the current National Indie Bestseller List.  Some southern favorites yet to appear on the national list include Okra Pick The Healing, An Altar in the World, Pete the Cat Rocking in my School Shoes, and many others.  See the list every week in the Lady Banks newsletter.

Other features of the e-newsletter include Great Bookstores and Stars Authors where both a bookseller and an author are featured and the SIBA Bestseller List and the Author Events as found at www.authorsroundthesouth.com.

Besides the thousands of consumer contacts SIBA has collected via the years of supporting the SIBA Holiday Catalog Survey and the more recent Free Book Stimulus Plan, via the ARTS Facebook Page, we have increased our coverage to a reach of nearly two million.  Make sure your store is represented.

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Can people Find Your Bookstore?

Are you on the "Find a Bookstore" page?  You need to be as over ONE HUNDRED authors are letting their readers know about you!

Gigi Amateau, Claire Cook, Alan Gratz, Susan Gregg Gilmore, Joshilyn Jackson, and Jim Minick are just a few of the writers that have the "Find an Indie Bookstore" badge on their websites that link to SIBA’s Find a Bookstore page.  Be sure to join SIBA and get your store listed.

Authors displaying the "Find a bookstore" links

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We Know Good Books!

It's time to suggest books for the Holiday Catalog!

I know it is hard to believe that we will be turning to holiday catalog concerns before you know it.  But that’s what I’m talking about.  We need you to be looking to the future for great books that should be in the 2012 Holiday Catalog.  We always include the SIBA Book Award Finalists so keep an eye out for the long ballot and remember that when you are voting.  These will be among the books that will represent your store.  http://www.sibaweb.com/home/catalog

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Win a trip to #siba12!

We Grow Good Books!

Okra Picks deadlinesSIBA wants bookstores to Eat. Read. Display their Okra!

It’s time to pick the next batch of Okra Picks!  We are committed to the Okra Picks and want to assist you in selling these books.  We have in place the Okra Picks Display Contest, the Okra Picks Co/Op Program, and the Okra Pick Cards.  Be sure you are displaying the pick cards in the vertical display plastic beside your cash register.  Take a photo of the display and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Information about Okra Picks, along with marketing materials, guidelines, and nomination forms, can be found here:

http://www.sibaweb.com/okra

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2012 SIBA Book Award Long List Announced

SIBA Book AwardThe Long List for the 2012 SIBA Book Award has just been released by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. Totaling almost 120 different titles, the “Long List” includes every eligible title nominated for the award—representing the bookseller and reader favorites of 2011 in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s, young adult and cooking categories. From Lisa Alther to Erica Wright, Mary Kay Andrews to Daniel Woodrell, the Long List is the ultimate southern reading list from the people who would know—southern indie booksellers.

The Full List

Childrens

Cooking

Fiction

Poetry

Nonfiction

Young Adult

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GABBS Atlanta

 Interest in Pinterest?

PinterestSIBA is now using Pinterest, the sexiest new kid on the social networking block, to highlight and promote SIBA bookstores and SIBA books.

Wanda is at http://pinterest.com/wjewell/
Check out her board for Bookstore news and the one for cool things indie bookstores do (besides selling books).

Nicki is at http://pinterest.com/ladybanksatarts/

She has boards up for all the SIBA Book Award Nominations, and has been collecting pictures of SIBA booksellers.

And This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you'd like help getting set up with your own account.

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Thank you for your interest in SIBA,

Wanda Jewell, Executive Director
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
3806 Yale Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205
803.994.9530
Fax: 309.410.0211
www.sibaweb.com

Thank you to SIBA's Inkreadible Sponsors 2011:
Baker & Taylor
Bookazine

Trade Show #SIBA12: Sept 7-9, 2012 at Naples Grande Beach Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Collection

Find your favorite authors at Authors 'Round the South
What I'm blogging: Wanda's Wonderful Book Blog
Follow me on Twitter



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{Win a trip to #siba12}

and your last chance to nominate for the SIBA Book Awards

February, 2012

In This Issue

Inkreadible Sponsors

Upcoming on
Circle of Sites

 

More Than Words Can Say
More Than Words Can Say
(William Morrow & Company
)

Love Lifted Me
Love Lifted Me
(Thomas Nelson
)

Beyond Molasses Creek
Beyond Molasses Creek
(Thomas Nelson
)

Love, Charleston
Love, Charleston
(Thomas Nelson
)

Indomitable Will
Indomitable Will
(Crown Publishing Group
)

Blue Moon Bay
Blue Moon Bay
(Bethany Publishing House
)

Temptation
Temptation
(David C. Cook
)

A Land More Kind Than Home
A Land More Kind Than Home
(William Morrow & Company
)

Relentless Pursuit
Relentless Pursuit
(David C. Cook
)

Leaving Church
Leaving Church
(HarperOne
)

 

Previous Issues

About Us

SIBA is a trade organization for independent brick and mortar bookstores in the South.
Follow us on twitter
Find us on Facebook

Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance

www.sibaweb.com

What's in this edition of SIBA eInk? Some good ideas from your fellow booksellers. Some funding sources to make them happen. Some places to brag about your favorite books. Some gentle reminders about your SIBA membership. Some chances to win a trip to #siba12. Some things you should know about credit card processing. Some places you want to be in March.


Good ideas from your fellow booksellers

Here's a list of stores doing creative things to build both community and sales. Go ahead, steal some of these. And let SIBA know if you have something to add to the list. 

E.book Tutorial -http://www.fountainbookstore.com/purchasing-google-ebook
Bookseller as Publisher -http://www.malaprops.com/naked-came-leaf-peeper
School Sales -http://regulatorbookshop.com/storebargains
Loyalty Programs -http://www.parnassusbooks.net/founder-rewards
Store Swag -http://www.cafepress.com/maplestbookshop
Kids Events -http://www.pageandpalette.com/event/second-annual-fancy-nancy-fashion-show
Writing Workshops - http://www.changinghands.com/indieauthorconf
Kid Camps - http://starwarscamp.wordpress.com/
Literary Events - http://andersons2.indiebound.com/childrens-literature-breakfast
Adult Classes - http://www.breathebooks.com/calendar/index.php
Book Classes - http://www.politics-prose.com/classes/2012-classes
Combined book sales - http://justtherightbook.com/quiz
Signed First Editions Club - http://www.alabamabooksmith.com/signed-first-editions-club-0
One Reads - http://www.littleshopofstories.com/same-page.php
Author Lunches - http://www.bookyourlunch.com/
Parties - http://www.harleysvillebooks.com/event/family-fun-night-pj-party
Baby Gift Registry - http://www.booksinc.net/BabyGiftRegistry
Cooks with Books -http://bookpassage.com/events_calendar/cooks%20with%20books%20events
Bookswap - http://www.booksmith.com/event/booksmith-bookswap-great-american-family-edition
Local Interests - http://www.octaviabooks.com/localinterest
Cookbook Club -http://www.gardendistrictbookshop.com/cookbook-club-general-information

Bottom Line:  Differentiate yourself.  Start small and build.  Creating Services and Classes offers the largest growth area for indie bookstores since they are hard to reproduce online. 

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Looking to make ends meet? SBA Microloan Program

SBA’s Microloan Program provides loans up to $50,000 to start-up, newly established, or growing small businesses. The average microloan size is about $13,000. While the microloan program is open to all entrepreneurs, according to aSBA Fact Sheet, the program especially supports underserved markets, including borrowers with little to no credit history, low-income borrowers, and women and minority entrepreneurs in rural and urban areas who generally do not qualify for conventional loans, or other, larger SBA guaranteed loans.

Read the full report from the American Booksellers Association

Any bookseller interested in applying for a microloan should contact a SBA lender in their area. The Microloan Program is available in select locations in most states. For more information, it is recommended that booksellers first contact SBA at  (800) 827-5722, or one of SBA’s partners, such as SCORE or a Small Business Development Center. Booksellers can also contact their local SBA District Office.

Additional information is available on the SBA Microloan website; an intermediary lending list can be downloaded here.

Booksellers can also call ABA Senior Public Policy Analyst David Grogan at  (800) 637-0037, ext. 6662, for more information.

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Call for SIBA Book Award nominations

Last call for the 2012 SIBA Book Award Nominations!

Book Award CalendarFebruary 14th is the deadline. Show your love for your favorite southern books!

Each year, hundreds of booksellers across the South vote on their favorite "handsell" books of the year. These are the "southern" books they have most enjoyed selling to customers; the ones that they couldn't stop talking about. The SIBA Book Award was created to recognize great books of southern origin.

What books can be nominated?
Books are nominated in several categories, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, cooking and children's. For a book to be eligible, it must be set in the South, or the author must be Southern (preferably both) and it must have been published within the previous calendar year.

Who can nominate a book?
Books can be nominated by SIBA-member booksellers . But stores can submit nominations on behalf of the their customers, so if you are not a bookseller, you can request your local bookstore nominate a title on your behalf.

How do I nominate a book?
Click here for the online nomination form

Where can I see a list of currently nominated titles?
Click here to see a list of current nominations

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Have you renewed your SIBA membership?

It is time to renew your membership if you want to be able to take full advantage of SIBA's benefits for the upcoming year. 

Membership dues are $150/year for booksellers...a mere $12.50 per month
$195/year for industry...only $16.25 per month

Your membership ID is 
Your membership Expiration date is

If the expiration date is blank, then your membership in SIBA has expired!

Please take a moment to renew your SIBA membership online and make sure all the contact information is correct. We use this information when we publish directories of SIBA members, such as the list of SIBA stores and STARS authors on Authors Round the South,  as well as company information that appears in SIBA's trade show directories.

Click here to manage your membership record online and use the login information below:

store name: 
store email: 
membershipID:  *
*You may be asked for a password, which you will have to create if you have never logged in before.

Click here to download a membership form you can fill out and fax back in: SIBA dues form

If you are renewing your membership you have until March 1, 2012 before you lose access to SIBA benefits.

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Win a trip to #siba12!

Show off your Okra and win a trip to #SIBA12!

 

You can win a free trip to #siba12 in Naples, Florida just for displaying your Okra Picks cards! Here's all you need to do:

1) Create a display in your store featuring your Okra Picks cards and the books.

2) Post a picture of the display to your website, blog, facebook page, twitter account, pinterest board, etc.

3) email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the link to the picture.

That's all you need to do to be entered to win an all expense paid trip to #SIBA12 in Naples, Florida. It doesn't get any easier than that.

If you haven't already received your free display and set of Okra Picks cards, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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News from Novera

NoveraNovera Newswire: The Top 3 Misconceptions when Selecting a Credit Card Processor: 

  • One low rate
  • "Free" equipment
  • Junk fees

Novera’s consultative approach allows us to thoroughly educate our clients, equipping them to better understand this complicated industry. Unfortunately, the payment processing industry has become increasingly confusing, and often small business owners are taken advantage of in this complexity. As a result, businesses everywhere overpay for this simple service by thousands of dollars per year. Novera’s transparent and innovative flat fee pricing is changing all of that.

icon Novera Newswire: The Top 3 Misconceptions when Selecting a Credit Card Processor 

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GABBS Atlanta

 Spring Books Show is now GABBS Atlanta

GABBS AtlantaSpring Book Show has a new name. GABBS Atlanta, but it is the same Great Show, and SIBA & ABA will be there to share!
The Education at GABBS Atlanta will include ABA Education on Friday morning –

ABA Education:  The Best of Winter Institute 7’s Best Practices Sessions
The 2012 Winter Institute featured a series of 12 half-hour “Best Practices” sessions on everything from children’s bookselling, human resources, and Google Analytics to marketing your store as a digital location, empowering your indie business alliance, and more. “The Best of the Best” is a roundup of booksellers’ top tips from Wi7.  ABA education is sponsored by Ingram Ingram Content Group.

And from SIBA on Saturday morning –

Best Practices for Working GABBS to Your Store’s Advantage
Veteran Bargain Book Buyers will tell you how they work the floor, what they look for, and why.  Learn how to sort through the vendors and their wares with your store, your customers, and your bottom line all in mind.

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Thank you for your interest in SIBA,

Wanda Jewell, Executive Director
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
3806 Yale Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205
803.994.9530
Fax: 309.410.0211
www.sibaweb.com

Thank you to SIBA's Inkreadible Sponsors 2011:
Baker & Taylor
Bookazine

Trade Show #SIBA12: Sept 7-9, 2012 at Naples Grande Beach Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Collection

Find your favorite authors at Authors 'Round the South
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{Okra Picks (OP) have been delivered to your store}

Do you have your FREE display and OP cards?

January, 2012

In This Issue

Inkreadible Sponsors

Upcoming on
Circle of Sites

 

More Than Words Can Say
More Than Words Can Say
(William Morrow & Company
)

Love Lifted Me
Love Lifted Me
(Thomas Nelson
)

Beyond Molasses Creek
Beyond Molasses Creek
(Thomas Nelson
)

Love, Charleston
Love, Charleston
(Thomas Nelson
)

Indomitable Will
Indomitable Will
(Crown Publishing Group
)

Temptation
Temptation
(David C. Cook
)

A Land More Kind Than Home
A Land More Kind Than Home
(William Morrow & Company
)

Relentless Pursuit
Relentless Pursuit
(David C. Cook
)

Leaving Church
Relentless Pursuit
(HarperOne
)

 

Lady Banks Pick of the Week

Previous Issues

About Us

SIBA is a trade organization for independent brick and mortar bookstores in the South.
Follow us on twitter
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Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance

www.sibaweb.com

What's in this edition of SIBA eInk? It's time for many things! To renew your membership in SIBA. To nominate titles to the SIBA Book Award. To sign up for World Book Night. To put out the new Okra Picks. To register for GABBS Atlanta. To look for Waldo. To dream of Spain.


It's Time to Renew!

It is time to renew your membership if you want to be able to take full advantage of SIBA's benefits for the upcoming year. 

Membership dues are $150/year for booksellers...a mere $12.50 per month
$195/year for industry...only $16.25 per month

Please take a moment to renew your SIBA membership online and make sure all the contact information is correct. We use this information when we publish directories of SIBA members, such as the list of SIBA stores and STARS authors on Authors Round the South,  as well as company information that appears in SIBA's trade show directories.

Click here to manage your membership record online and use the login information below:

store name
store email*
*You may be asked for a password, which you will have to create if you have never logged in before.

Click here to download a membership form you can fill out and fax back in: SIBA dues form

If you are renewing your membership you have until March 1, 2012 before you lose access to SIBA benefits.

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Call for SIBA Book Award nominations

Time to Nominate the SIBA Book Awards

Is your favorite southern book of the year on this list?
The deadline to nominate books for the 2012 SIBA Book Award is February 14, Valentine's Day.

Nominate here
Get some great ideas here: Special to SIBA list

To be eligible, a book must be southern in nature, or by a southern author, or both. It must have been published in 2011 (no reprints, please). And the nomination must come from a SIBA member bookstore or a customer of a SIBA member store.

Go ahead and enter your nominations even if you see the book already on the list--we like to get your comments on the books you love.

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World Book Night: Be a Giver and a Store Sponsor!

World Book NightFebruary 1 is the deadline to be a book giver and store partner for World Book Night!

Who better than to pass along the joy of reading on World Book Night, April 23, 2012 than an independent bookstore? We think that at least a few thousand of the 50,000 book givers that day will be booksellers.  And it’s easy; just fill out the online form at www.worldbooknight.org , pour some of that passion into your answers, and you’re in.  

Spread the word! Post World Book Night info on twitter and on your Facebook pages. Here are two easy 140 character options:

Hey book lovers, be a volunteer book giver on World Book Night, April 23, 2012. Sign up at www.worldbooknight.org   by Feb. 1.  

Want to participate in a million book giveaway to promote reading?  Sign up at www.worldbooknight.org   by Feb. 1.

WBN is also looking for bookstores to act as pick-up locations for the book givers in their communities. Make your store the central hub of a group of people so passionate about books and reading they are willing to spend a night hanging out on street corners pushing books into the hands of complete strangers.

...hmmm, it sounds almost like they would be good indie booksellers!

To make your store the center of World Book Night in your area, go to worldbooknight.org and click on the Bookseller tab to fill out the form.

Any questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Spring Okra Picks: $50 in your cash drawer!

Okra PicksAnnouncing a fresh bushel of Okra Picks from SIBA! The current list of okra picks is here. Click on the cards to find out more information on the title. Some books even have first chapters available for download.

Follow #okrapicks on twitter!

SPECIAL OFFER for members who eat their okra!

By now, SIBA Bookstores should have received their Okra Pick cards. As a SIBA store member, you can earn $50.00 in SIBA credit each time you do an in-store Okra Picks display and report your sales of Okra Pick titles. The credit can be used for  anything SIBA, including Trade Show registration and meal tickets.

Download the sales report form:  okra picks sales report

Like the SIBA Book Awards, the Okra Picks also translate into sales and promotion for SIBA’s core members.  It is a great hook with consumers.

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SIBA and ABA Spring Education and Forums

Once again, SIBA and the American Booksellers Association will be on hand at the forth coming GABBS Atlanta Show (formerly Spring Book Show) in March to provide education. Seminars are still to be announced, but registration is open at  http://www.gabbs.net/GABBS_Atlanta.html

GABBS Atlanta

The ABA is also hosting a forum on March 13 at the Green Hills Public Library in Nashville, TN, courtesy of Parnassus Books. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Two Good Ideas from the ABA!

New WBN Poster Sends Out a Call to Book Lovers
A new 8½" x 11" poster that encourages book lovers to become World Book Night book givers is available for download. (Read more...)

 

Waldo Comes to Main Street

Waldo comes to Main StreetCandlewick Press and the American Booksellers Association are partnering to bring “Find Waldo Local” to Main Street USA this July. Indie booksellers nationwide are invited to host a month-long scavenger hunt for Waldo throughout local businesses. The community-wide event was developed to help spread the Shop Local message.

Candlewick Press wanted to “dovetail Waldo’s 25th anniversary celebration with the Shop Local movement by creating an exciting nationwide event to help ABA member bookstores remain strong and vibrant this summer,” said Elise Supovitz, director of field sales for Candlewick Press.

The idea stemmed from a Waldo promotion staged last year by Eight Cousins Bookstore

Find Waldo Local will start in participating communities on July 1, 2012, with kids and parents setting off on a hunt to find Waldo hidden in 20 local businesses. Waldo spotters will be eligible for prizes, and the event will culminate on July 31 with a grand ceremony held at the bookstore.

Candlewick is offering special terms on supporting orders and $50 in additional co-op, and will send a free kit containing everything to launch Find Waldo Local. Kit materials include a sturdy 40-inch Waldo standee, 20 mini Waldo standees, 20 Shop Local window clings, 220 “I Found Waldo” cards, and bag stuffers. Participation is capped at 250 stores.

Candlewick will also provide free prizes for participants, including 100 “I Found Waldo” buttons, five copies of Where’s Waldo? The Phenomenal Postcard Book, and one copy of Where’s Waldo? The Complete Collection box set. Complete details are provided in A Find Waldo Local brochure landing at bookstores in the January Red Box mailing and available here .

To participate, bookstores must sign up by March 1 at Indiebound.org/findwaldolocal and agree to additional terms listed here.

“Candlewick is absolutely thrilled to partner with the ABA on Find Waldo Local,” said Supovitz. “We’re celebrating our 20th anniversary this year and our business model of independence has remained unchanged over the past two decades. We are committed as ever to independent thinking and support of ABA-member independent bookstores.

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 Around the Region

The rain in Spain...

(Imagine appropriate background music!)
Win a 9 day trip to Spain as part of Workman's 1001 Places to See Before You Die Tour! Details and the entry form can be found here: http://www.workman.com/1000placesevents/
Deadline for entries is January 31, 2012. In store signage is available from Jessica Weiner (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Chelsea Green partners with Bill McClung & Associates

Effective January 1, Chelsea Green Publishing has signed on with Bill and Terri McClung and their group to represent its books to trade accounts in the Southeast. This is the first time since 2006 that Chelsea Green has had independent trade representation. For more information contact
Michael Weaver
Chelsea Green Publishing
802/299-2422
802/299-2423 fax
877/696-5391
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Thank you for your interest in SIBA,

Wanda Jewell, Executive Director
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
3806 Yale Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205
803.994.9530
Fax: 309.410.0211
www.sibaweb.com

Thank you to SIBA's Inkreadible Sponsors 2011:
Baker & Taylor
Bookazine

Trade Show #SIBA12: Sept 7-9, 2012 at Naples Grande Beach Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Collection

Find your favorite authors at Authors 'Round the South
What I'm blogging: Wanda's Wonderful Book Blog
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{Call for nominations for the SIBA Book Award}

absolutely jam-packed with great things for book people!

November, 2011

In This Issue

Inkreadible Sponsors

Upcoming on
Circle of Sites

 

Stress
Stress: Climbing Out of the Pits with God
(Greater Insight Publishing
)

 

Lady Banks Pick of the Week

Previous Issues

About Us

SIBA is a trade organization for independent brick and mortar bookstores in the South.
Follow us on twitter
Find us on Facebook

Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance

www.sibaweb.com

What's in this edition of SIBA eInk? It's time to nominate books for the 2012 Book Award and the next season of Okra Picks. We give you 5 things to do to make your customers' online experience with your store so much better, and some best practices for your store's book clubs. Plus, the #siba11 survey results are in, we're looking for stores to feature in Lady Banks, and have you read any of the books that are special to the southern list?


Call for SIBA 2012 Book Award Nominations

Call for SIBA Book Award nominationsSIBA celebrated her 2011 Book Award with a wedding, and plans are already being hatched for our 2012 Book Award writers.  But we need to know which southern books are your favorites of 2011.

Nominate your picks for the 2012 Book Awards here:
http://www.sibaweb.com/book-award-nominations

To be eligible, a book must be southern in nature or by a southern author, or both. They must have been published in 2011 (no reprints, please). Nominations can come from booksellers or readers, but they must be associated with a SIBA member bookstore, either as an employee or a customer.

Get your customers involved, and drive traffic to your website and facebook pages!

To help you get your customers involved in (and excited about) the SIBA Book Awards, this year, if you promote the nomination form on your Facebook page SIBA will send a free copy of a previous Book Award finalist book to one of the first ten people who nominates an eligible title and cites your store.

To help you promote the book award nominations to your customers, SIBA has badges, banners and logos available for you to download at the SIBA Book Award page:

http://www.sibaweb.com/siba-book-award
and here: http://www.sibaweb.com/ba/ba_graphics.html

Be sure to tag us when you post to Facebook:
SIBA: http://www.facebook.com/SouthernIndependentBooksellersAlliance
ARTS: http://www.facebook.com/ReaderMeetWriter

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Call for SIBA Book Award nominations

Next Okra Picks Deadline is December 1

okra picksThe nomination deadline for the Winter/Spring Okra Picks is December 1. We're looking for the next season's great southern books. Books should be published between December 2011 and March 2012.

Nominations can be emailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Or, you can use our nomination form

SIBA12 contest!

Show off your Okra!

You can win a free trip to #siba12 in Naples, Florida next year just for displaying your Okra Picks cards! Tag us in a photo of your Okra Picks display on your Facebook page, post it on your website (and let us know), send it out on twitter (#okrapicks), or email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and be entered to win an all expense paid trip to #SIBA12.

If you haven't already received your free display and set of Fall Okra Picks cards, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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5 Things You Can Do to Enhance Customer Experience Online

These are some of the "best practices Facebook suggests for maximizing your online reach with your real world customers!

  1.  Make sure your website url is in the About section on your Facebook page.
  2. Make sure customers can subscribe to your newsletter on the homepage of your website.
  3. Put a Facebook LIKE button on your website. https://developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/
  4. Offer a “whisper code” on your Facebook page.  Post something like:  “Only today, come in the store, and say – I love shopping here!” And get an instant 10% off your purchase.  This whisper good only for today and only in store.
  5. Use store in-store signage print marketing materials to promote your Facebook page.

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Shout Out to Members Making SIBA News

Shout Out to Members Making SIBA News
Let us know and we’ll let the world know!

SIBA makes a concerted effort to spread the word about our member stores. So if you tell us, we'll tell everybody. If you are on facebook or twitter, make sure you friend and follow us. If you do an email newsletter, make sure we get it:

Tag us when you post on Facebook or Twitter – At Twitter use @ReaderMtWriter and at Facebook, use @Authors Round the South; and we will see it, we will share it, we will spread the word and highlight you here in ongoing SIBA Inks.  Let us know when you put the Holiday Catalog on your IndieCommerce site or when you promote the Okra Picks on your website, or when you post a photo of your Okra Picks card display for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to #SIBA12.  We can’t enter you if we don’t know you have done it.  So – start spreading the news….

A big thanks to the following stores:

Myra Meade of Hall Book Exchange posted a picture of their Okra Picks card display on Facebook

Cavalier House Books
is featuring this season’s Okra Picks on their home page: http://www.cavalierhousebooks.com/

Island Books posted the holiday catalog to their home page: http://www.islandbooksobx.com/

Thanks to these stores for reporting to the Southern Indie Bestseller List via ABA, with North Carolina stores leading the charge!

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Special to the Southern List

SIBA is tracking books that are Special to the Southern List

Special to the Southern ListWhat do Stacy Schiff's Cleopatra, Amor Towles' Rules of Civility, Paula Deen's Southern Cooking Bible and any book written by Karen White all have in common?  They are all Special to the Southern List!

Each week SIBA tracks the books that appear on the Southern Indie Bestseller List, but not on the national list. Until recently, they were simply listed as part of the regular southern indie list. But now we have a special section on ARTS just for these books.

These are the books that are our homegrown bestsellers, books important to you, and to your customers. We encourage you to pay special attention to the special-to-siba books in your bestseller displays, because you are the reason for their success!

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SIBA Bookstore Feature in Lady Banks

Has your store been featured in Lady Banks?

This past summer SIBA began publishing the Lady Banks newsletter on a weekly basis, and devoting a section in each issue to profiling one of its bookstore members. If you would like your store to be featured, please copy the questions below into a new email, and send your answers to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

Store Name:
Store Website:
Store Email:
Store Facebook:
Store Twitter:

What books do you love and wish everyone else would read?

What forthcoming books are you most looking forward to?

What book/author would you like to see come back into print?

What's your favorite book surprise of the season?

A local author(s) you think more people should know about?

Weirdest customer question?

Favorite moment on the sales floor?

What should visitors not miss when they come to your town?

How did you get into bookselling?

What do you look forward to most about going in to work?

What is your store's specialty?

What's your favorite weird item in the store?

What are you reading now?

Why do local businesses matter?

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 Book Club Best Practices from #SIBA11

“The Buying Power of Book Clubs: Examining Their Potential, Loyalty, and Community”
from Jamie Rogers Southern, Southern Celebrations, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

One of the most popular sessions at the Trade Show this year was Jamie Rogers Southern's presentation on "The Buying Power of Book Clubs." Here are some highlights from her talk:

Best Resources for Book Clubs:
Book Club Classics http://bookclubclassics.com/Blog/
Book Club Girl http://www.bookclubgirl.com/
Book Divas http://www.bookdivas.com/
Book Group Expo http://www.bookgroupexpo.com/
Book Lust by Nancy Pearl http://www.nancypearl.com/
Book Browse http://www.bookbrowse.com/
Book Movement http://www.bookmovement.com/
Goodreads www.goodreads.com
Indie Next List http://www.indiebound.org/reading-group-indie-next-list
Library Thing www.librarything.com
Reading Group Choices http://www.readinggroupchoices.com/
Reading Group Guides http://www.readinggroupguides.com/content/index.asp
Shelfari www.shelfari.com
Women’s National Book Association http://www.wnba-books.org/

Summary of Notes:


In today’s society people are hungry for personal relationships. We will continue to see book club numbers rise as people look for ways to connect with their community. (Book clubs are a source of cheap entertainment!)
You, as a bookseller, can create an environment that welcomes book clubs, even if you don’t have the physical space for them to meet.

Book Clubs are meeting more virtually as well. What does this tell us? (People want to talk about books!) Create a place virtually for book clubs to meet.

What are some ways you can reach out to markets in your area? Think of: Senior Living Centers, schools, church groups, recently relocated residents, etc.

Work with other small businesses in your neighborhood. Is there a potential market for a book club through them? (example of a local restaurant starting a Food Lovers book club)

Develop a book club loyalty program.

Be reliable. Order on time and order plenty of copies. Offer suggestions and let them know if a particular title is out of print or hard to find.

Offer your services and knowledge to book clubs. Meet with them to suggest titles for next year.

Have materials on hand to give out to book clubs, such as: reading guides, publisher flyers, your top picks for book clubs, etc.

Market your regularly scheduled events and programs to your book club members. Give them a chance to meet the author, have books signed, and have a private book club chat.

Talk to your publisher reps about ways to promote their titles to book clubs…and get co-op!

Use social media to promote your clubs and reach out to new potential members.

Develop a list of local authors who are willing to meet with book clubs and discuss their books.

Think of ways to start new clubs. Try a book club social!

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Fall Okra Picks

 #SIBA11 Trade Show Survey

#SIBA11 Trade Show Attendees Survey Results are IN…

One third of SIBA’s attendees responded to the survey and to each of you SIBA is quite grateful.  These answers and thoughtful responses help us to be better and do better.  Here are the survey results:

Which #SIBA11 Education Sessions did you attend?

The most-attended education sessions at #SIBA11 were What a Great Bookstore! with Paz & Associates, and 60 Reps. 60 Seconds Each. 60 Books You Don’t Want to Miss! 

When we asked what topics you'd like to see in future SIBA education, here's what you wrote:

  • Getting the most out of merchandise money
  • I can buy some books cheaper online than I can from the publishers!
  • How to survive in this financial climate.
  • Marketing, displays, social media and getting help in the store such as bloggers, PR etc.
  • Like to have a roundtable sessions so we can freely talk about our store operations, etc.
  • Success stories, bottom-line oriented stuff
  • More specific advice on dealing with brave new world of ebooks for small booksellers.
  • Address the impact of the e-reader on the traditional bookstore and how other bookstores are dealing with this
  • I could use help navigating the SIBA website. (We have set up a siba website one-on-one tour with this bookseller and we’d like to do the same for you so let us know if you’d like your very own guided tour!)
Read the rest of the survey results

 

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Thank you for your interest in SIBA,

Wanda Jewell, Executive Director
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
3806 Yale Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205
803.994.9530
Fax: 309.410.0211
www.sibaweb.com

Thank you to SIBA's Inkreadible Sponsors 2011:
Baker & Taylor
Bookazine

Trade Show #SIBA12: Sept 7-9, 2012 at Naples Grande Beach Resort, A Waldorf Astoria Collection

Find your favorite authors at Authors 'Round the South
What I'm blogging: Wanda's Wonderful Book Blog
Follow me on Twitter