SIBA e-Ink!
 

{#SIBA11: Photos & Recaps}

absolutely jam-packed with great things for book people!

October, 2011

In This Issue

Inkreadible Sponsors

Upcoming on
Circle of Sites

Holy Ghost Girl
Holy Ghost Girl
(Penguin)

Mile Marker Zero
Mile Marker Zero
(Crown)

Monsters in America
Monsters in America
(Baylor University Press)

A New Turn in the South
A New Turn in the South
(Clarkson Potter
)

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
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Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance

www.sibaweb.com

What's in this edition of SIBA eInk? Photos and recaps of #SIBA11. An important survey. Useful information from the Small Business Administration. The online version of the Holiday Catalog. Call for nominations for the 2012 SIBA Book Award and the next season of Okra Picks. And two great ideas from the ABA!


Getting Hitched at #SIBA11

Getting hitched is what it’s all about…
“The theme at SIBA this year was 'Let’s Get Hitched!'  Besides a wedding, booksellers got hitched with authors, vendors got hitched with bookstores, first-timers got hitched with veterans, exhibitors got hitched with accounts, and it’s all about these long-term, successful relationships.”
- Wanda Jewell, SIBA Executive Director

Dottie Frank & gang

Check out the #SIBA11 Photos and help us tag them!

PGW on the Trade Show floor

Many thanks to Pat Malcolm for taking all the photographs while also being a perfect Mother of the Bride!


SIBA 2011: All About the Love

By Marc Schultz, September 20, 2011 (via Publisher's Weekly)

If the idea at last year’s Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance trade show was to get booksellers established in the community of Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and other online social networking sites (with a cheeky “Get in Bed iith a Bookseller” theme), this year the focus was on the classic community-building strengths of independent bookstores IRL (that’s cyberspeak for In Real Life), highlighting what indies have been doing in their local communities to help break the stranglehold of big-box chains and online megaretailers.

"Don’t ever underestimate how much the local message is resonating with millions of consumers."

“Don’t ever underestimate how much the local message is resonating with millions of consumers,” said American Booksellers Association CEO Oren Teicher in Saturday morning’s session on the merger of the ABA with the Association of Booksellers for Children (ABC). “The explosion in America of farmers’ markets is evidence that consumers get it, but you’ve got to keep articulating that argument.” Leslie Reiner, ABC vet and co-owner of Inkwood Books in Tampa, Fla., suggested that argument be as succinct and free of whining as possible: “See it here, buy it here, keep us here!”

Bride & groom dancing

Read the full report


Check out the #SIBA11 Posts & comment if the spirit moves you

The following is a recap of #siba11 in the news and online. Feel free to add your voice to the comments!

http://shelf-awareness.com/issue.html?issue=1561#m13352
http://arepreading.tumblr.com/post/10401085813/siba11-exhibitordayone
http://shelf-awareness.com/issue.html?issue=1565#m13426
http://southernbelleview.blogspot.com/2011/09/ever-been-auctioned.html
http://www.skrishnasbooks.com/2011/10/siba-2011-oh-books.html
http://www.ragingbibliomania.net/2011/09/siba-2011-event-recap.html
http://sandynawrot.blogspot.com/2011/10/siba11-books.html
http://blairpub.wordpress.com/2011/09/26/siba-2011-better-late-than-never/
http://nancysimpson.blogspot.com/2011/09/youre-reading-my-mail-if-you-want-to.html
http://almakatsu.blogspot.com/2011/09/writing-in-not-always-lonely-art.html

Follow #SIBA11 on Twitter

If you attended #SIBA11 and have not completed our survey, please do so here.


SIBA Wedding Bells

(via Shelf-Awarness)

Getting hitched was the theme of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance's trade show over the weekend in Charleston, S.C.--and SIBA wasn't just whistling Dixie. A highlight of the Writers Block Auction was the wedding of Sara Malcolm and Brandon Perry. (Malcolm has worked at SIBA registration for years.)

SIBA executive director Wanda Jewell officiated at the ceremony, weaving in the names of many titles into her remarks, and authors on hand offered toasts. Karen Zacharias said, "May God grant you a double heapin' of grace and laughter, and may you always have enough strength to keep your Doublewide rocking." Ronald Rash offered a couplet that works best with a Southern drawl: "May this union be happy, with never much sorrow/ but if that's not the case, I know a good lawyer."

The bride was given away by co-workers Elton Porter and Matt Bibb. Special guests included Sally Brewster and Frazer Dobson of Park Road Books, Charlotte, N.C., who met at a SIBA show. (He's also a rep with Como Sales.) Among the wonderful touches: the groom wore a jacket made up of book jackets, making it perhaps the world's first book jacket jacket. Jewell called the wedding "awesome." And the event made $1,000.

Although there will also be an official wedding for Malcolm and Perry in October, all readers know which ceremony counts most!

The happy couple
Most important elements of trade shows, so say booksellers…

  • Buying books. Seeing what's out there. Inspiration for new titles to buy…
  • Exposure to both book sellers and authors
  • Meeting with the publishers and getting my hands on the books.
  • Education, not only in all the classes, but on the sales floor, as well.
  • Meeting the authors and hearing them speak
  • Opportunity to meet authors and sales reps. The strength of SIBA, I think, is that everyone knows everyone and folks are excited.
  • Networking with other booksellers and hearing their great ideas!
  • Knowledge from other booksellers who share what works for them.


"What Can the Small Business Administration Do for You?"

Trade Show Session Recap/Resources 

One of the tough truths about Independent Booksellers is that you're much more likely to find a business owner with an MFA than an MBA, meaning that these business owners got into their business because of a love of and passion for books, not necessarily for business.  

That passion is of paramount importance. It's something you can feel, or not, when you walk into a business. That passion will take a business far, but the acquisition of a certain amount of business acumen will allow that business to continue to provide passionate service to their community for years to come.    

The session at our recent Trade Show, "What Can the SBA Do for You?" showcased a panel of  organizations affiliated with the Small Business Administration, and displayed a wonderful gamut of non-profit organizations whose sole purpose is to help you do better business. It was touching and inspiring to hear the lengths to which these folks will go to help educate their community's small businesses. It is highly recommended that you check out the SBA's website to see the huge array of resources that are available to you.

Here's a quick rundown of the organizations the panelists represented:

http://www.score.org/
 SCORE is a network of 13,000 volunteers (many of whom are retired business executives) who provide mentorship and confidential business counseling services at NO CHARGE, and for as long as you need it. An incredible resource.

http://www.asbdc-us.org/
 Small Business Development Centers can be found in every state and at least close to almost every community. Approximately 1000 service centers are available to provide no-cost business consulting and low-cost training.  

http://www.accionusa.org/
 Accion USA is a microfinancer. Nowadays banks won't always consider a "small loan," and this is where a microfinancer like ACCION can help. You may not need to borrow $50,000 to put a new part of your business plan into action. Maybe a small loan of $1000 to help buy enough books and advertising to do a book fair would be just the thing.

The real takeaway from this session was simply this: You're not alone, and there are organizations whose purpose is to give you the knowledge and/or working capital you need to succeed.      


SIBA Holiday Catalog 2011

You should have your full-color, imprinted, QR-coded holiday catalogs in-store by now.  If you ordered catalogs and have not received them please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. right away.  We have supplied to IndieCommerce a full online catalog for any IndieCommerce store so please place that on your site.

Stores that aren't part of the IndieCommerce program can still have the holiday catalog on their website:

1) You can either link to SIBA's online version here: http://www.sibaweb.com/catalog/2011/hc_2011_front.html

2) Or, if you would prefer to host the files on your own store site and link them to your store shopping cart system, then you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and she will provide the files for you to put up.

3) You can link to the Flash version of the catalog, in which case you won't be able to add your own buy links.

Holiday Catalog covers

Six Fresh Ideas for the Holiday Catalog:

  1. Put copies of the catalog in unexpected places around the store, like the restrooms.
  2. Take a few catalogs and separate them and use the pages to create a design on a wall or in a window.  A candle, tree, or wreath will create curiosity about the catalog and its contents.
  3. Use the pages as Shelf Talkers – mount on cardstock and put the pages with the appropriate store section – biographies, fiction, kids books, cookbooks
  4. Have employees take stacks out in the world with them.  With permission, distribute the catalogs to libraries, doctors offices, anywhere people have to wait.  You can tell the readers because they are always looking for something to read.
  5. Distribute the catalogs to teachers with an order form including recipient name.  Offer to do a Winter Teacher Book Club where teachers can pick the books they want, and the store can deliver them to the school, wrapped, and ready to gift.
  6. Make sure your book clubs get the catalogs.  Offer to do book talks with catalog titles and focus on a few favorites.

 Call for #SIBA12 Book Award Nominations

SIBA celebrated her 2011 Book Award nominees with a wedding and plans are being made for our 2012 writers.  But we need to know which southern books & writers are your favorites. 

Use the online form to nominate a book for the SIBA Book Award or email suggestions directly to Wanda Jewell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Nominated titles must be southern in nature or by a southern author, or both. They must have been published in 2011. (no reprints).

Nominations are accepted year round, but the nomination period for the current year's award closes on February 14th of that year. Nominations for books for the current year's award received after that date will not be considered.

Both booksellers and the general public may nominate. But all nominations must be identified with a SIBA member bookstore.  Nominate here.


Fall Okra Picks

 Okra Picks Deadline is Dec. 1

okra picksThe Okra Picks are a dozen fresh titles chosen each season that SIBA Indie Bookstores want to handsell.  These books should be southern in nature but can cover any genre, not just fiction.  Southerners love their writers, and we want to be at the forefront of bringing them a strong selection of southern titles not to be missed each season.

A new harvest of Okra Picks will be announced each publishing season.  To nominate a book you must be a SIBA bookseller.

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!

Okra Picks Extended – Let’s sell some books!

Tag us in a photo of your Okra Picks display on your facebook, website, twitter, 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.  Deadline is Jan. 1, 2012! Must be core member in good standing.

The new batch of Okra is here and we are going to be seeing a lot of it around as SIBA launches a new program to help you sell more books. Contact SIBA right away if you are a core member and have not received your display piece and the first batch of Okra Pick cards.  SIBA is going to print and distribute these cards to member stores seasonally with a batch of Okra Picks for your customers. 

Okra Picks ExtendedThe vertical display piece was chosen with your valuable space needs in mind.  It will fit right up next to the check out and hold hundreds of Okra Pick cards that directs your customers to the first chapter of the book provided at the Okra Picks Scribd account.  As these books are our unique picks we will be the ones with the books in stock and available to our customers.  See sample cards here. See all of the seasons Okra Picks here.  And below are the Picks that we have created full color Okra Pick cards for, so prep for the demand:

September 2011
Drifting Into Darien: A Personal and Natural History of the Altamaha River by Janisse Ray, University of Georgia Press
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson, Balzer & Bray
The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe, Tor Books

October 2011
Lions of the West by Robert Morgan, Shannon Ravenel Books
Cold Glory by Kent Anderson, Forge
The Happy Table of Eugene Walker: Southern Spirits in Food and Drink edited by Don Goodman and Thomas Head, University of North Carolina Press

November 2011
The Chamomile: A Novel of Revolutionary America by Susan Craft, Ingalls Publishing Group

See the full list of Okra Picks!


 Two Fresh Ideas from the ABA

Start Spreading the Word: Small Business Saturday
This year’s celebration of Small Business Saturday will take place on November 26, and to help indie retailers promote the event, American Express has created an array of promotional materials and is offering incentives for stores and consumers to participate. (Read more...)

Personalizing the E-Book Transaction
In response to e-book purchases, and to encourage return sales, many IndieCommerce bookstores are sending individualized or automated thank-you e-mails to customers. (Read more...)


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


 

#SIBA11, Club Read, Growing Okra, Winners, and more...

absolutely jam-packed with great things for book people!

September, 2011

In This Issue

Inkreadible Sponsors

Upcoming on
Circle of Sites

Jerusalem Maiden
Jerusalem Maiden
(William Morrow)

Yankee Doodle Dixie
Yankee Doodle Dixie
(St. Martins)

moonlight on Linoleum
Moonlight on Linoleum
(Howard)

Holy Ghost Girl
Holy Ghost Girl
(Penguin)

Mile Marker Zero
Mile Marker Zero
(Crown)

Monsters in America
Monsters in America
(Baylor University Press)

 

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 a par-tay in Charleston, SC. Tips for making the most of Club Read. Meet your new Directors on the SIBA Board. The Fall Okra Picks have been, uh, picked . . . and extended. #siba11 is just around the corner, and a bookseller hit by Irene has extra signed stock of Tinkers available to SIBA members.


Charleston Knows How to Par-tay!

A bevy of Charleston writers help kick off #SIBA11 on Friday, September 16

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM William Morrow, Dottie Frank, and Friends Welcome SIBA to Charleston!     Ballroom Foyer

Join Dottie Frank, Mary Alice Monroe, Patti Callahan Henry and all our Charleston friends for a drink! The Holy City welcomes you. Charleston has been recognized as the "best-mannered" city in the U.S, a claim lent credibility by the fact that it has the first established Livability Court in the country. Come by, have a cool drink, and relax as our friends welcome us to their fair city.  RSVP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

7:00 PM – 10:30 PM It’s a Party Town -Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart and their husbands, Jack Bass and Cliff Graubart Welcome SIBA to Charleston!     Off-site

Booksellers, publishers, and authors are invited to a light buffet and desserts at 100 Queen Street, Charleston, SC.

Directions: Follow King Street to downtown Charleston, where it is one way. Take a right the first traffic light past Market Street, which is Queen Street, and one way.  Go five houses - parking lot on left, yellow house with white wall around it is 100.  Come on in!

Club Read

“Help us help you and we’ll show you the money!” Club Read

Club ReadFirst note -- There are no physical tickets to wait on as all sign up is online, and promoting the event with your code earns you $100 per ticket sold.  This is a way to be viewed by your customers as the go-to for signature writer events.  The possibilities to promote these unique exclusive weekends are an endless outlet for promotion & cash but this first one needs to be successful for us to go forward. 

We will be hosting with Club Read Sponsor FridayReads a Blogger Contest to encourage Book Bloggers to direct ticket sales to participating stores.  That promotion kicks off with a Twitter Chat on Wednesday, September 14, at 2 PM - #ClubRead – so join us if you’d like & get the details.

A Dozen Tips that could equal $1200 – What if each tip sold one ticket?

  1. Like the authors facebook pages as well as the Club Read page.  All of the author social networking info is here. And then share the Club Read page with your followers & friends.
  2. We encourage you to sign up as a Club Read bookstore.  It seems that some have found the bookseller contact daunting.  Please know it is only our desire that you promote, promote, promote, just as you would any store event you were hosting (or co-hosting).  So sign the contact and do your best – that is all we ask.
  3. As soon as your store is registered as a Club Read bookstore, you'll have your code to pass along to customers. That is when you begin promoting Club Read to your customers.  Also know that the code is not an absolute, there is also a bookstore list but the code is designed to single out your store as the store of choice.
  4. Download the Club Read logo and place it anywhere it makes sense to you with a link to http://www.club-read.com
  5. Email your book club groups and best customers with this unique offer.
  6. We encourage you to bundle books from the featured authors to sell to your customers, whether or not they are actually attending Club Read.
  7. Create a link on your website and in emails that links to a Club Read book sales promotion on your website as well as the Club Read registration form.
  8. Promote this even if you don't think you are close enough to Virginia. Your customers may want to travel for an event like this. Don't make that decision for them. You'll still get $100 per ticket sold using your store code, whether it is four or forty.
  9. Have your store's book club staff person get four other people to go with him/her and their own registration to Club Read could be paid for by the store.
  10. If you are afraid that the price of $500 is too steep for your customers, you are more than welcome to offer it for $400 and forgo your own profit from the program. You can use Club Read as a goodwill and unique event.  (Just let us know since the program requires payment of $500.) You can promise those customers $100 back (how about in store credit?) after the event.
  11. The store that sells the most tickets reaps the benefit of the on-site sales.
  12.  How many books do you need to sell to make $100?  You only need to sell one Club Read registration.  And if customers see this as a personal invitation to a weekend with the staff of their favorite bookstore to meet some great authors, it’s priceless!

Club Read for Booksellers: http://www.sibaweb.com/club-read
Club Read for Customers: http://www.club-read.com

Please email Club Read with complaints, concerns, and questions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Galley Giveaway Bookshelf


The Janet Bollum Frontline Bookseller Scholarship Winner Is…

Frontline Bookseller from The Book Worm Bookstore Captures Scholarship!

Frontline bookseller Britaini Blackmon has won the Janet Bollum Frontline Bookseller SIBA Scholarship.  Britaini will be attending #SIBA11 with her boss, Susan Smelser.  Nominated by Susan of The Book Worm Bookstore in Powder Springs, GA, Britaini is delighted to be making her first trip to #SIBA, and we welcome her.  Britaini will enjoy two nights room & tax and an All Pass compliments of SIBA in honor of a wonderful bookseller that continues to serve SIBA in so many ways – Janet Bollum!. 


How Tweet it is to win a Free Room Night @ #SIBA11

Congratulations to @hortonsbooks of Horton’s Books & Gifts will enjoy a free night on SIBA @ #SIBA11 for their simple tweet.  We had nearly 40 folks participate in the Twitter Contest.



SIBA Installs New Directors at #SIBA11

Jeff McCord, Bound to be Read Books:

Jeff McCordTrained in the Carver Method under which SIBA is governed and currently serving on the board of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Jeff McCord opened Bound to Be Read Books on September 16, 2005, to be a store that is attentive and responsive to the needs of the neighborhoods it serves. More than just another cluttered and dusty used book store, Bound To Be Read Books is a vibrant and truly community-oriented store that offers events like environmental seminars, philosophy classes, discussion groups, book signings and readings by local and national authors and regular children's story times. Small book clubs and groups find a welcoming atmosphere and customers a comfortable place to meet friends and neighbors.

Jeff is active in his community, having served with the Capitol Area Kiwanis Club (President, 2 yrs); Georgia District of Kiwanis (Lt. Governor); Grant Park Neighborhood Association (Vice President); Clayton Country Headstart (Board Member); Jones Memorial Methodist Church (Chair of Administrative Council and various committees);Board of East Atlanta Farmers Market.

Jeff has been a SIBA member since before his store opened, He attends the trade show regularly, distributes the SIBA Holiday Catalog and participates in Authors Round the South consumer website. He currently serves on the board of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and is trained in the Carver Method under which SIBA is governed.

Tom LowenburgTom Lowenburg, Octavia Books:

Tom Lowenburg has co-owned and operated Octavia Books since founding the New Orleans-based bookstore with Judith Lafitte in 2000, a year when only a handful of independent bookstores dared to open in the U.S. A member of SIBA for over ten years, he has served on the boards of the New Orleans Gulf South Booksellers Association (NOGSBA) and the Mid-South Booksellers Association, and on SIBA’s advisory committee. He was honored as “Bookseller of the Year” by NOGSBA. He testified before the Louisiana legislature in 2010, successfully defeating a censorship bill that had already passed in the state Senate, and in 2011 in support of an E-Fairness bill that passed the Louisiana House. He has also been active in Stay Local New Orleans, working to promote local economy. Octavia Books, the first bookstore in New Orleans to re-open following Hurricane Katrina, celebrated its 10th Anniversary last year with Lowenburg announcing that his store would be underwriting “The Reading Life,” a new weekly program on local public radio.


Fall Okra Picks

Okra Picks Extended – Let’s sell some books!

okra picksThe new batch of Okra is here and we are going to be seeing a lot of it around as SIBA launches a new program to help you sell more books.  Be sure and come by the SIBA Booth at the trade show to pick up your free display case & your Okra Pick Cards.  SIBA is going to print and distribute these cards to member stores seasonally with a batch of Okra Picks for your customers. 

Okra Picks ExtendedThe vertical display piece was chosen with your valuable space needs in mind.  It will fit right up next to the check out and hold hundreds of Okra Pick cards that directs your customers to the first chapter of the book provided at the Okra Picks Scribd account.  As these books are our unique picks we will be the ones with the books in stock and available to our customers.  See sample cards here. See all of the seasons Okra Picks here.  And below are the Picks that we will be creating full color Okra Pick cards for so prep for the demand:

September 2011
Drifting Into Darien: A Personal and Natural History of the Altamaha River by Janisse Ray, University of Georgia Press
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson, Balzer & Bray
The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe, Tor Books

October 2011
Lions of the West by Robert Morgan, Shannon Ravenel Books
Cold Glory by Kent Anderson, Forge
The Happy Table of Eugene Walker: Southern Spirits in Food and Drink edited by Don Goodman and Thomas Head, University of North Carolina Press

November 2011
The Chamomile: A Novel of Revolutionary America by Susan Craft, Ingalls Publishing Group

See the full list of Okra Picks!


 

 #SIBA11 – Let’s Get Hitched!

Southern indie booksellers are getting hitched.  Most are excited about all of the potential provided by a largely free internet (bloggers, affiliate programs, Twitter, Facebook, Authors 'Round the South & more), but are most excited when face to face with a reader.  SIBA is finding new ways to be relevant to the industry as a whole (selling books for member stores, directing thousands of readers to specific books while promoting her bookstores, pulling together Club Read & more); always looking to engage our collective klout.  SIBA is actively inviting book bloggers, booksellers, publishers, and other industry friends to the show with innovative new programming while keeping bookseller favorites.

  • The First 180 Days Party is modeled on the popular Winter Institute’s Author Reception.  The twist is these are books that have been published in the first half of this year.  Come by and thank the authors that have made this year for your store.
  • The Writers Block Auction Wedding is going to be so much fun.  Congrats to Sara & Brandon and the authors are game.  Come enjoy this SIBA Book Award Celebration and bring your money so you can bid to take an author to dinner in Shem Creek.
  • 60 Reps. 60 Seconds Each. 60 Books You Don’t Want to Miss! Modeled on the innovative ThoughtLead’s Influencer Project, you don’t want to miss this Stopwatch Countdown to the best books of the season.

Download a registration form for the SIBA Trade Show – click here


Signed Tinkers for Your Customers & Relief to Irene-Stricken Bookseller

This just in from Gee Gee Rosell

Just before Irene blew in, Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Harding vacationed here! I ordered in several cases of his book "Tinkers" and he graciously signed them.  I have no doubt I would have sold them to our Fall customers, but now there are none.  I am here keeping company with several cases of signed "Tinkers"  and would love to offer them, at my cost (a standard 40% discount) plus whatever it costs to ship them.  to other indie stores for their Fall and Christmas shoppers.  I’m happy to sell them individually or in whatever quantity stores want.  Interested booksellers should contact Gee Gee Rosell directly at Buxton Village Books, Inc. in Buxton, NC – Phone is  252-995-4240 and email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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 #SIBA11: Charleston, SC, Embassy Suites Hotel Airport / Convention Center ; Sept. 17-19; a Sat - Mon schedule

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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#SIBA11 Trade Show Issue, Giveaways, Tips, & Tidbits

absolutely jam-packed with great things for book people!

August, 2011

In This Issue

Inkreadible Sponsors

Upcoming on
Circle of Sites

Coming Up for Air
Coming Up for Air
(St. Martins)

Little Black Dress
Little Black Dress
(William Morrow)

Jerusalem Maiden
Jerusalem Maiden
(William Morrow)

Yankee Doodle Dixie
Yankee Doodle Dixie
(St. Martins)

moonlight on Linoleum
Moonlight on Linoleum
(Howard)

Holy Ghost Girl
Holy Ghost Girl
(Penguin)

Mile Marker Zero
Mile Marker Zero
(Crown)

Monsters in America
Monsters in America
(Baylor University Press)

 

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? Help SIBA win $10,000 (We promise we'll spend it on you!) Circle of Sites gets an upgrade. (It's very cool stuff) Don't miss this month's Galley Giveaway. It's also time to pick some Okra. The Holiday Catalog title list is announced. Frontline bookseller scholarship is available for #SIBA11. Friday Reads gets on board with indie bookstores. Club Read earns booksellers money. (See you can get something for almost nothing!) The Southern Indie Bestseller List gets a make over. It's time to vote for your board members, and just in case you want to buy a bookstore....


SIBA needs your vote! (Right now!)

Monday, Aug. 22 (day after tomorrow) is the last day to vote in the Cvent Photo ContestGet in Bed

Cvent is SIBA’s web-based software solution.  I can’t imagine you’d care about that.  But I need you to care about the contest they are hosting.  They are offering a Grand Prize of $10,000 and many smaller cash prizes and the only way to be considered is to get enough votes via Facebook and I want SIBA to benefit.  You can vote every day so please do.  You need to be logged in to Facebook and like Cvent.  Like our voting page & vote here.


Circle of Sites upgrade

Circle of Sites has been upgraded to promote book sales that directly benefit participating stores. Beginning August 18, the banners will be programmed to link directly to the hosting store's own shopping cart, or to a specific product page on the store's website.

What does this mean for you? As of August, the banners on your website will become "clickable." If you have ecommerce, clicking on the banner should take you to your shopping cart to buy the book. If you don't have ecommerce, then clicking will return you to your home page.

FAQs:

Do I need to do anything to make the banner work? 

Probably not. The banners are already coded to return visitors to your home page. If you discover that your banner sends you somewhere else, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Does the banner have to go to my home page?

No, we can direct it to any page on your site you want, like your "staff picks" page. But whichever page you choose, you need to have something on it that promotes the book being advertised.

Hey, I have ecommerce, but the banner doesn't go to my shopping cart!

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. SIBA tried to account for all the most common shopping cart systems, but if you are using a unique system or have a new ecommerce account we just might not know about it yet. We'll work with you to get the banner link set up for your site.

Also, stores on the Retailer Place platform from Baker and Taylor need to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to have their links turned on.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions about the program.


Galley Giveaway Bookshelf


Time to pick a peck of okra

okra picksDeadline for Submission for the Fall crop is Sept. 1

Submit your Okra Pick here: http://www.sibaweb.com/okra

The 2011 Summer Okra Picks are still in season!—great southern books, fresh off the vine.  This is a fresh bushel of great picks. http://www.sibaweb.com/okra

Holiday catalog final title list

The final title list for the 2011 Holiday Catalog is now available for download at http://www.sibaweb.com/catalog. Be sure to get your orders ready to make the most of the catalog in your store!

“The SIBA Holiday Gift Books Catalog is the single best piece of advertizing/promotion every year, and has been for the last 10 years. Distributed in the local newspapers, the flyer draws new customers to the store like a magnet.” —Tom Vail, Corner Bookstore, Winder, Georgia

Click here to download as an excel file



The Janet Bollum Frontline Bookseller Scholarship – Deadline is September 1, 2011

Frontline booksellers are our biggest asset. They are the face of the store to the customers, greeting booklovers, handselling their favorites, setting the tone, and seeing more than can be imagined.

Highly regarded booksellers often share that attending the SIBA tradeshow as young frontline booksellers changed their lives. For the first time they saw it as a profession, filled with sharing and caring colleagues.  They brought back to their stores so much information, enthusiasm, and book suggestions. Others have said that being allowed to attend the SIBA tradeshow reinforces their value to the store and gives them the incentive to increase their efforts to make the store better and profitable.  While some say "it's in the payroll" when it comes to expenses, isn't it better to think about the people on the payroll as a valuable asset that must be cultivated, educated and inspired.

So, sign up your frontline booksellers to attend the SIBA tradeshow, either with you or in your stead.  To apply for the Janet Bollum Scholarship, core member bookstore owners must submit to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the name & email of a frontline bookseller that they would like to receive this scholarship, which is a free packet of all the event tickets at the Conference plus two hotel room nights over the dates of the SIBA Trade Show (valued at over $400).  The deadline is September 1, 2011.

We want to thank past SIBA Board Member Janet Bollum of Muse Books for her service to SIBA with this Frontline Bookseller Scholarship.

Publishers - don't you want to see more frontline booksellers who are the ones who handsell your books?  Donations for more scholarships are welcome, so contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


#SIBA11: Talk about a happy coupling!

Southern indie booksellers are getting hitched.  Most are excited about all of the potential provided by a largely free internet (bloggers, affiliate programs, Twitter, Facebook, Authors 'Round the South & more), but are most excited when face to face with a reader.  SIBA is finding new ways to be relevant to the industry as a whole (selling books for member stores, directing thousands of readers to specific books while promoting her bookstores, pulling together Club Read & more); always looking to engage our collective klout.  SIBA is actively inviting book bloggers, booksellers, publishers, and other industry friends to the show with innovative new programming while keeping bookseller favorites.

Register online for the SIBA Trade Show – {[E-RSVP YES LINK:5GNE8A3JAUM]}

Download a registration form for the SIBA Trade Show – click here


 

New stuff @ #SIBA11 to get excited about

The First 180 Days Party is modeled on the popular Winter Institute’s Author Reception.  The twist is these are books that have been published in the first half of this year.  Come by and thank the authors that have made this year for your store.

The Writers Block Auction Wedding
is going to be so much fun.  Congrats to Sara & Brandon and the authors are game.  Come enjoy this SIBA Book Award Celebration and bring your money so you can bid to take an author to dinner in Shem Creek.

60 Reps. 60 Seconds Each. 60 Books You Don’t Want to Miss
!
Modeled on the innovative ThoughtLead’s Influencer Project, you don’t want to miss this Stopwatch Countdown to the best books of the season.

Old Favorites @ SIBA I'm looking forward to:

SIBA Supper
with Premiere Sponsor Hachette Book Group
To Morrow Today Breakfast with Premiere Sponsor William Morrow
The Moveable Feast of Authors welcomes its new Inkreadible Sponsor Bookazine.
Technology Pavilion: The Future Delivered brought to you again this year by inkreadible Sponsor Baker & Taylor.
The Moveable Feast of Authors with new Inkreadible Sponsor Bookazine.

Exhibits
(http://www.tradeshow.sibaweb.com/exhibitors)
& Education (http://www.tradeshow.sibaweb.com/schedule#sat)
& Authors (http://www.tradeshow.sibaweb.com/authors)

Plan to attend the SIBA Trade Show in Charleston, SC.  All events are at the #1 Embassy Suites & Convention Center in the Country.  Hotel Information - Embassy Suites North Charleston -- Airport/Hotel & Convention, 5055 International Boulevard, Charleston, South Carolina  29418, by phone: 1-843-747-1882, Group Code: SIBA, rates start at $134 per night, online reservations

See it all here: The #SIBA11 Schedule of Events

Download a registration form for the SIBA Trade Show – click here


Is it Friday? Then it must be #FridayReads!

Friday ReadsEvery Friday, readers around the world sign on to Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr to celebrate books and share what they’re reading. It’s as simple as read, share, repeat, and the results are remarkable.

FridayReads supports independent bookstores and shares their belief in the value of connecting readers and building community, and we are thrilled to announce this partnership. FridayReads partners Bethanne Patrick and Rebecca Joines Schinsky will present a session at  SIBA 11's Booksellers School about practical tips for making your store the center of your customers’ communities, online and off. As a sponsor of Club Read, FridayReads will share news of the event with their participants and encourage them to attend by purchasing tickets through a participating independent bookstore. Patrick and Joines Schinsky will appear on the Talking Book Clubs panel at Club Read and look forward to many future opportunities for partnership with the SIBA, NAIBA, and independent bookstores nationwide.


 

Club Read

Who is making $100 per ticket with Club Read?

Check out the stores that are selling tickets to Club Read.  You could be selling tickets, too.  Check out the information and sign the commitment letter here - http://www.sibaweb.com/club-read.

Pariticipating stores should be on the lookout for the the promotion kit that is being mailed from HarperCollins. Included is a Club Read poster and foam core easel you can use for in-store displays!

Club Read Easel



Summer Okra Picks

Introducing the new Southern Indie Bestseller List, her ladyship style

Some of you may have noticed that the Southern Indie Bestseller list recently received a make-over. Starting in August, SIBA has combined the bestseller list with the popular Lady Banks' Commonplace Book, turning Lady Banks into a weekly publication that features not only the bestselling books in the south, but news, reviews and gossip of a literary nature, as well as the ARTS calendar of events at SIBA stores. Each issue will also feature a SIBA member bookstore and one of the STARS authors currently traveling in SIBA territory.

See the new issue here

To make sure that your store's events are on the calendar, be sure to post them to Authors Round the South. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for your login information!



Vote for SIBA Board of Directors September 1


Online voting will begin on September 1, and end on September 10.  Each core member will receive a notice to vote and each store may vote only once.  The candidates will be listed on the ballot and each store will need to vote for TWO candidates.  New Directors to the SIBA Board will be inducted at the 2011 SIBA Trade Show Annual Meeting. Watch your inbox for your invitation!


For Sale: Book People, Two Sisters Bookery

Richmond, VA: Book People, 536 Granite Avenue, Richmond, VA. 23226  
Seeking new, energetic owner for 30 year old book store. 1,300 sq. ft., 20,000 new, used and rare books. Congenial neighborhood. Loyal customers.  If interested in more information, contact Ruth Erb, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 804-288-4346

Wilmington, NC: Two Sisters Bookery in Wilmington's historic Cotton Exchange is currently for sale offering the possibility of a dream- come-true business that includes all inventory and fixtures necessary to continue sales without interruption. Owner needs more time to write and spend with grandchildren. An outstanding eclectic selection of books and gifts in a quaint, cozy, comfortable atmosphere with a very special expanded children's corner. Located within walking distance of downtown Convention Center, hotels and a beautiful riverfront just across the street. Priced for immediate sale to take advantage of busy tourist season. A bookstore has been in continuous operation in this location since 1974. Landlord offers reasonable rental terms for new tenant. Owner will assist with training and transition. For price and details contact Brooks Preik at 910-762-4444.

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 #SIBA11: Charleston, SC, Embassy Suites Hotel Airport / Convention Center ; Sept. 17-19; a Sat - Mon schedule

Find your favorite authors at Authors 'Round the South
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{#SIBA11 Trade Show, Holiday Catalog, Club Read, & GABBS}

absolutely jam-packed with great things for book people!

July, 2011

In This Issue

Inkreadible Sponsors

Upcoming on
Circle of Sites

The Orchard
The Orchard
(St. Martins)

Iron House
Iron House
(St. Martins)

The Reservoir
The Reservoir
(Other Press)

Folly Beach
Folly Beach
(William Morrow)

Coming Up for Air
Coming Up for Air
(St. Martins)

Little Black Dress
Little Black Dress
(William Morrow)

Yankee Doodle Dixie
Yankee Doodle Dixie
(St. Martins)

 

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? The best books of last year. A few great galleys and possibly the best books of the summer. A look ahead at the best books for the fall. A Book Wedding. A Club Read Book Vacation. Bargain Books. Workshops for new bookstore owners. Bookstores for sale for people who want to be new bookstore owners.


SIBA Book Award Winners Announced

Celebrate Independents!  SIBA’s 2011 Book Award Winners
The best in southern literature, from the people who would know: Southern Independent (and independently-minded) Booksellers! Southern indie booksellers once again demonstrate their independence of mind by choosing an excitingly eclectic collection of books for the 2011 SIBA Book Awards.  

  • MockingbirdChildren’s Winner: Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine (Puffin Books)
    Catlin will touch your heart. What more is there to say?” –Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC


  • Southern My WayCooking Winner: Southern My Way: Simple Recipes, Fresh Flavors by Gena Knox (Gena Knox Media, LLC)
    Gena's cookbook shows quicker ways to make traditional southern dishes from a fresh angle!” –Page & Palette in Fairhope, AL


  • Burning Bright: StoriesFiction Winner: Burning Bright by Ron Rash (Ecco Press)
    Ron Rash can't write a false word.” –Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC




  • The Blueberry YearsNonfiction Winner:  The Blueberry Years: A Memoir of Farm and Family by Jim Minick (Thomas Dunne Books)
    A captivating look into a couple's efforts to create an organic blueberry farm in Central Appalachia. . .sit back and savor the sweetness of his blueberry story.”—Malaprop’s in Asheville, NC


  • House of BranchesPoetry Winner: A House of Branches by Janisse Ray (Wind Publications)
    These poems are about waking up, looking around at the world, and discovering how to live within it.” –Kathryn Stripling Byer


  • CountdownYoung Adult Winner: Countdown by Deborah Wiles (Scholastic)
    Oh, this story brings back memories!” –Two Sisters Bookery in Wilmington, NC

Here's some useful stuff:

icon Poster 11x17

icon Broadside 8.5 x 16

icon Book Marks 2x8

icon Shelf Talkers

Ron Rash, Jim Minick, Janisse Ray and many of the #SIBA11 Book Award nominees will participate in The Writers Block Auction this year. Don’t miss it! 


Galley Giveaway Bookshelf


SIBA Holiday Catalog Info

Holiday Catalog 2011Do not miss your opportunity to take advantage of this most valuable SIBA benefit.  Booksellers credit the Holiday Catalog as one of the big reasons for membership in SIBA. 

Deadlines:
August 20 : Deadline to order your catalogs, imprinted & non imprinted.
September 17: Last Day for SIBA members to receive free freight
September 23: Deadline to approve your imprint
October 11: Catalog ship date

Bookstore Catalog Order Form

Current Title List
(up to date as of July 15, but books are still being added)



Why Go to the Great American Bargain Book Show (GABBS)?

What Booksellers Are Saying About Remainder Shows. . .

“I never miss the Spring Book Show in Atlanta because I need lots of great book bargains.” -- Doug Robinson, Eagle Eye Books, Atlanta, GA

“This is a no-brainer for us -- we've had great success with selling discount books . . . My biggest problem is that there's always so MUCH great stuff that I want to bring it ALL home!” -- Jeff McCord, Bound To Be Read Books, Atlanta GA

“Do you need to increase your bottom line?  Are you looking for an inexpensive way to make a great display for the holidays or any other special occasion?  Is it time to restock those student classics?  If you answered yes to any of these questions you need to attend GABB's.”  -- Janet Bollum, The Muse Book Shop, DeLand, Florida

"The Spring Book Show & GABBS are THE places to purchase bargain books and remainders. These items increase my store's profit margin while at the same time giving my customers lower-price options when they shop. In today's tough economic times, that's a win-win for everyone.”-- Jill Hendrix, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC

The Great American Bargain Book Show-the sister show to the Spring Book Show in Atlanta--delivers a bit of "southern comfort" this year. A great line-up of educational sessions featuring some familiar faces and designed to help booksellers make the most of their bargain, remainder and used book inventory to maximize profits.

Bargain Books: "What I Buy & How I Use Them"
Wednesday - Aug 10   8:30-9:30 am, Room 110

How does one approach the exhibit floor?  Describe your criteria / decision process when buying?  Besides marking the books for sell in your shop, how else do you use them?  As incentives to buy newer books by the same author?  As a partner book with a new book on a given topic?  As prizes for store programs?  Presenters:  Janet Bollum, The Muse Book Shop, Deland, Florida; Jeff McCord, Bound to be Read Books, Atlanta, GA; Doug Robinson, Eagle Eye Bookstore, Atlanta, GA

Used Books: Buying, Pricing, Stocking & Shelving
Wednesday - Aug 10, 9:40-10:30 am, Room 110

How do used books get on your store shelves?  Do you buy from customers?  How do you price them, both to buy, and then to sell?  Where do you keep them before they get on the shelf?  How do you shelve them?  Have you tried different ways?  Does one seem to work better than another?  Is rotation and fresh product the answer? Presenters Jill Hendrix, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC; Jeff McCord, Bound to be Read Books, Atlanta, GA; Doug Robinson, Eagle Eye Bookstore, Atlanta, GA

Antiquarian Books:  "How to Spot Them & How to Sell Them"
Thursday - Aug 11, 9:00-10:00 am, Room 111

What's the difference between used & antiquarian?  Do you develop the customer first, and then find the antiquarian book?  Where do you find them?  What kind of research is involved?  How do you price them?  How do your customers know you have a given title?  What about book repair?  Presenter: Janet Bollum, The Muse Book Shop, Deland, Florida

All Seminars will be held in the Hynes Convention Center.

Register here!


How Tweet It Is! Contest:
Win a FREE hotel night during #SIBA11

A little bird told me. . .The hashtag for the SIBA Trade Show is #SIBA11.
@marygayshipley won this most recent Twitter Contest and a free room night at #SIBA11.  Congratulations to That Bookstore in Blytheville’s Mary Gay Shipley.

Any member of SIBA who tweets - "How tweet it is. #SIBA11" between now and September 1st will be entered to win one free hotel night at SIBA 2011.  So start twittering!  Follow SIndies to find out the latest Show news! Get your twitter account here: twitter.com

Register online for the SIBA Trade Show – click here
Download a registration form for the SIBA Trade Show – click here


 

#SIBA11 is Around the Corner! Sandra Brown is joining us. Will you?

This year, the SIBA Trade Show is being held in Charleston, SC.  And it is predicted that the air will be filled with book-talk among the southern book industry elite.  The SIBA Booksellers School Back to Basics will be offered on Friday.  Education, Exhibitors, and Authors, oh my!  The ever popular Moveable Feast sponsored by Inkreadible Sponsor Bookazine is back along with many SIBA favorites.  New this year is the Sales Tax Fairness Summit and the First 180 Days Party.   Inkreadible Sponsor Baker & Taylor will again sponsor the Technology Pavilion where anyone visiting the exhibits can stop and learn a new piece of technology that will help sell more books.  Twitter, Facebook and Ustream, oh my! 

See it all here: The #SIBA11 Schedule of Events

Download a registration form for the SIBA Trade Show – click here


Club Read

CLUB+READ=$100
per Ticket, per Store!

Are you selling tickets?

Sign the commitment letter and let your customers know!

Club Read; Where Books Mean the World – Oct. 14-15, 2011, Mariners Landing, VA

Gather up your book club and kick off the weekend with The Happiness Lunch.  Gretchen Rubin will be sharing her happiness with all of you.  Following lunch, choose among author panels: Fam Damilies:  Why is blood so thick?; Dying to Love – Loving to Die?; or Affairs of the Heart or Passion Plays!: authors will present their passions from astrological readings to Tae Kwon Do!  Visit with Sena Jeter Naslund as she explores Creation as Antidote.  Then join us for a Twitter-Inspired Time. Got a question you want answered by one of our visiting authors?  Get the answers at Twitter Time where authors have to respond to your questions in 140 characters or less.  This is a rollicking, tweeting, roaring time.  Then we head to the water-side Club-Read Cook-Out with all of the writers and readers.  And finally, close the night at the Milk & Cookies Pajama Party & Bedtime Readings

Wake up Sunday morning To Die for Breakfast with Joyce Maynard and close with the Don’t Sing at the Table Lunch with Adrianna Trigianni and more panels & passions.  Have a chance to share about your book club and take away the best ideas for success and some great books to read and a life-long memory with your book club buddies.

See the complete table of contents



Summer Okra Picks

Time to Pick a Peck of Fall Okra Picks - Deadline for Submission is Sept. 1

Submit your Okra Pick here: http://www.sibaweb.com/okra

SIBA announced the 2011 Summer Okra Picks—great southern books, fresh off the vine.  This is a fresh bushel of great picks. http://www.sibaweb.com/okra


Opening or Buying a Bookstore?
Changes and Opportunities

“I cannot live in a city without a book store” was what best-selling author Ann Patchett recently said while she was on her book tour for her new novel, State of Wonder, and asked by Diane Rehm why she was going to open an independent bookstore in Nashville, Tennessee.

Like Nashville, cities around the country have lost their only bookstores with the closing of hundreds of Borders locations and smaller mall bookstores. While ebooks have gained in popularity, independent booksellers can now claim the market for print books and ebooks, thanks to ABA’s partnership with Google. With markets wide open, there are more business opportunities this year than in the past three decades.

Retail bookselling is a unique business that demands attention to many different aspects of the start-up process and ongoing operations. Long-term sustainability requires that owners capitalize on a bricks-and-mortar store’s competitive advantages, understand how the industry works, and add be able to add the entrepreneurial energy and creativity. As is the case with any new career, training is a critical part of preparation – especially with a lower margin business like bookselling. 

The workshop retreat Opening a Bookstore: The Business Essentials will take place September 12-16 on Amelia Island (near Jacksonville, FL). The week will include key topics including strategies for making a profit in retail bookselling, best practices for driving sales, achieving efficiencies with a computerized management system, creating a magical sense of place with store design and merchandising, buying and managing inventory, and much more. 

Co-sponsored by the American Booksellers Assocaition, the workshop is offered in spring and fall each year and is facilitated by Donna Paz Kaufman and Mark Kaufman of The Bookstore Training Group of Paz & Associates. ABA members are eligible for up to a $200 discount on tuition. For details, visit www.PazBookBiz.com or call 800/260-8605.



Bookstores for sale in Roanoke, VA & Wilmington, NC

Roanoke, VA: As sole owners since 1964, we would like to retire.  Our 4200 square foot shop is in a rejuvenated shopping center with an excellent mix of locally owned and nationally recognized stores and restaurants.  With new businesses entering the center, we have seen increased revenues each of the last seven months.  Besides books, we are known for our jigsaw puzzles and we were even voted the best place in the valley to buy greeting cards.  Lease and square footage are negotiable, as is the selling price.  Our highly capable manager has had over twenty years of book store experience, has an excellent rapport with the community, and would like to stay on.
Please contact John or Lolly Rosemond at (540)344-1237 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wilmington, NC: Two Sisters Bookery in Wilmington's historic Cotton Exchange is currently for sale offering the possibility of a dream- come-true business that includes all inventory and fixtures necessary to continue sales without interruption. Owner needs more time to write and spend with grandchildren. An outstanding eclectic selection of books and gifts in a quaint, cozy, comfortable atmosphere with a very special expanded children's corner. Located within walking distance of downtown Convention Center, hotels and a beautiful riverfront just across the street. Priced for immediate sale to take advantage of busy tourist season. A bookstore has been in continuous operation in this location since 1974. Landlord offers reasonable rental terms for new tenant. Owner will assist with training and transition. For price and details contact Brooks Preik at 910-762-4444.

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 #SIBA11: Charleston, SC, Embassy Suites Hotel Airport / Convention Center ; Sept. 17-19; a Sat - Mon schedule

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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Club Read: $100 in your pocket

absolutely jam-packed with great things for book people!

June, 2011

In This Issue

Inkreadible Sponsors

Coming to Circle of Sites

The Borrower
The Borrower
(Viking)

Turn of Mind
Turn of Mind
(Atlantic Monthly Press)

The Orchard
The Orchard
(St. Martins)

Iron House
Iron House
(St. Martins)

The Reservoir
The Reservoir
(Other Press)

Folly Beach
Folly Beach
(William Morrow)

Coming Up for Air
Coming Up for Air
(St. Martins)

Little Black Dress
Little Black Dress
(William Morrow)

Yankee Doodle Dixie
Yankee Doodle Dixie
(St. Martins)

 

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

Dear Booksellers,

Please take an extra moment to read about CLUB READ. This is a great opportunity to promote a great collection of "summer reads" to your book clubs, and earn $100 for every ticket you sell to the event.

Club Read


Club Read: Sign up to sell tickets & earn cash!

Club Read WidgetCLUB READ is a book club getaway for customers to be held in Virginia in October organized by SIBA, & NAIBA, BookClubGirl.com, and Reading Group Choices. Tickets are available through the independent bookstore core members of SIBA & NAIBA.  Core member stores who register to participate as ticket outlets will receive $100 for each ticket sold.  Core member stores must sign up and get their registration code to share with their customers as the code is the only way you can get credit for your ticket sales. The SIBA store that sells the most tickets will be one of two booksellers on-site at CLUB READ. 

Club Read Bookseller Commitment Agreement is here:  http://www.sibaweb.com/club-read

The title list from Club Read Authors is here.

The official website for Club Read is club-read.com.

We also have a totally FUN widget you can put on your website. And here's the code if you'd like to add it to your home page.


Seeking SIBA Board of Director Nominations

Deadline is Friday, July 1st!

It’s that time again to pick the bookseller leaders that will move SIBA forward. SIBA’s Board Members are a hard-working bunch. Serving on the SIBA Board is both rewarding and enlightening. Consider someone today for a board position. Self-nominations are encouraged. Anyone can nominate.  What are you waiting for? Nominate someone now!

Summer Okra Picks


New Peck of Okra Picks Announced

Summer is the season for Okra!

SIBA announces the 2011 Summer Okra Picks—great southern books, fresh off the vine.  This is a fresh bushel of great picks.  Lady Banks will be announcing the current Okra Picks to the public at the end of this month.  So pick some Okra Picks and place them on your shelves. We’re always working to send customers your way to pick a peck.  See the picks and download a beautiful bushel of shelf talkers plus more here:  http://www.sibaweb.com/okra


How Tweet It Is! Contest:
Win a FREE hotel night during #SIBA11

A little bird told me. . .The hashtag for the SIBA Trade Show is #SIBA11.
@spbooksandgifts has won a free hotel night at #SIBA11 in our fourth Twitter Contest! 

Congratulations to Simple Pleasures Books & Gifts of Ashland, VA. And you can, too, if you will get your twitter on. Thanks to everyone who participated! Oh, and you can win more than once!

Any member of SIBA who tweets - "How tweet it is. #SIBA11" between now and July 15 will be entered to win one free hotel night at #SIBA11.  So start twittering!  Follow SIndies to find out the latest Show news! Get your twitter account here: twitter.com

 

It’s that time again:
#SIBA11 Trade Show – Let’s Get Hitched!

 

Who’ll be at #SIBA11 in September in Charleston, SC? Allan Wolf, 2020 Vision, Alma Katsu, UBIC System, Amanda Kyle Williams, all things small, Amber Dermont, Arcadia Publishing, Amy Greene, Bookazine, Andrew Skerritt, The Bookmasters Group, Ann Hite, DDGMA Publishing, Anne Sinkler Whaley LeClercq, Gallopade, AVI, History Press, Beth Webb Hart, Hot Feet Sales, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Brandon Mull, Hub City Press, Christopher Buehlman, Hachette, Curtis Wilkes, HarperCollins, Curtis Worthington, John F. Blair, Publisher, Diana Abu-Jaber, Kensington Publishing, Diane Chamberlain, Melissa & Doug, Ellen Hopkins, Old New York Book Shop Press, Holly Herrick, Pinata Publishing, Holly Iglesias, Print & Sound, James Farmer III,  Random House, James Valentine, Riding the Crest,  Jane McClaren, Rocky Publications, Janisse Ray, Seaside Publishing, Jennifer Niven, Simon & Schuster, Jessie Carty, Greenleaf Book Group, Jillian Lauren, YOUR COMPANY NAME HERE, Southern Belle View, Jim Minick, Steven Lewers & Assoc., John Corey Whaley, University of Alabama Press, Jonathan Green, University of South Carolina Press,  Joseph Earl Dabney, Wiley, Kadir Nelson, William Mangum Fine Art, Karen White, Sylvan Dell Publishing, Karen Zacharias, Enterprise Books, Kirk Neely, Baker & Taylor, Laura Hope-Gill,  Ingram Book Co., Lisa Patton, Diana’s Bookstore,  Lisa Wingate, Trolley Line Bookshop, Lou Dischler, Simple Pleasures Books & Gifts, Man Martin, Fountain Bookstore, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Flyleaf Books, Mary Whyte, Fiction Addiction, Marybeth Whalen, Bound to be Read, Meg Medina, Yours Personally, Michael Lee West, Michelle Hodkin, Nan Chase, Nathalie Dupree & Cynthia Graubart, Nicole Seitz, Patti Callahan Henry, Randy Russel, River Jordan, Ron Rash, Sandra Brown, Sandra Gutierrez, Sandra (Sam) Brannan, Sharyn McCrumb, Shellie Tomlinson, Sherri Castle, Sonny Brewer, Stephanie Tyson, Steve Bouser, Stuart Dill, Susan Millar Williams & Stephen Hoffius, Tim Peeler, Toby Tate, Tom Franklin, Walter Edgar, Wendy Wax, See you at #SIBA11!

 


Behind the Southern Indie Bestseller List

How do books get on the Southern Indie BestsellerList?

SIBA posts a bestseller list each week of the best-selling books in southern indie bookstores across the south.  This list is generated weekly thanks to the generous efforts of the American Booksellers Association and provided to regional associations across the country

It is always interesting to observe books that make the national list, or are unique to the southern list. SIBA makes a point of highlighting books unique to its own list, as well as books that have received strong bookseller support--as Okra Picks, Book Award titles, or books by southern "STARS" authors.

While the bestseller list is provided weekly, the list of reporting stores is provided quarterly and may not reflect every store that reports, although it does reflect the majority of reporting stores.  Stores can download the bestseller list for in-store placement and they can link to the list from their websites. 

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Book Store for Sale

Located in Englewood, FL, for 12 years, this well-established store is the only bookstore within 20 miles and only minutes from the Gulf beaches in a prime retirement vacation community.  This 1000 sq. ft. store has a huge inventory and a reasonable lease in a small mall.  We are retiring and all reasonable offers will be considered.  For more information: Contact TOM -DAYS: 941-204-1743, EVENINGS: 941-698-9338

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 #SIBA11: Charleston, SC, Embassy Suites Hotel Airport / Convention Center ; Sept. 17-19; a Sat - Mon schedule

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