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SIBA welcomes Bookazine to another year as an Inkreadible! Sponsor. We appreciate all the support Bookazine offers, and their commitment to southern indie booksellers, and we look forward to another great year with them.
What could your store be doing more of? In this edition of SIBA eInk your fellow booksellers have some suggestions.
Also in this newsletter: Win a free hotel night at #siba11, Book Awards and Okra Picks, Writers for the Red Cross, Spring Book Show and SIBA takes a stand for tax fairness!
What do you sell other than new books? And here are the results:
Here are some great ideas from bookstores of #8 in action:
Kid Camps - http://web.me.com/camphalfblood/Camp_Kane_Chronicles/Information.html
Do you read Bennie & the Gets!? A host of twittering booksellers do, and they let us know and someone has won an #SIBA11 ALL Pass. Drumroll, please - @burrybooks has won the first SIBA Twitter Contest in 2011. Congratulations to Burry Bookstore of Hartsville, SC. And thanks to everyone who entered. Oh, and you can win more than once!
Bottom Line: Any core member who tweets the following: I’ll be at #SIBA11, will you? will be entered into a drawing for a free hotel night at #SIBA11. The deadline for tweets is St. Patrick’s Day.
“Delightful!” “Wonderful!” “Amazing!” “I loved this!”
The final long list of the 2011 SIBA Book Awards is now up!
SIBA received over 150 nominations this year from booksellers and their customers, each wanting to make sure that their favorite southern book of 2010 was on the final list. The final tally of nearly eighty books represents what booksellers think is the best Southern literature of the last year – in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, children’s, cooking and young adult. And let’s face it, who would know better than the booksellers? And remember that all of the nominees are invited to participate in The Writers Block Auction at #SIBA11.
Bottom Line: The SIBA Book Awards translate into both sales and promotion of SIBA’s core members. Watch your snail mail for your opportunity to vote for the 2010 SIBA Book Award Finalists.
Join Inkwood, The Regulator, City Lights, Flyleaf Books, Alabama Booksmith, Octavia Books, Fountain Bookstore, and Malaprops in this exciting opportunity for bookstores to connect with booklovers via the Writers for the Red Cross month-long event in March in celebration of Red Cross Month. More info here:
Toolbox for Bookstores: http://www.box.net/writersfortheredcross
Follow Writers for the Red Cross at #write4red on twitter!
The American Booksellers Association (ABA) will host both an Efficiency Session and a Bookseller Forum Friday, March 25th of the Spring Book Show at the Cobb Galleria, Atlanta, GA. Starting at 8:30am and ending at 11:30am, ABA will deliver the education and opportunities for input that you crave. ABA's own Dan Cullen will facilitate both sessions.
Efficiency 101: Getting Your Act Together
Booksellers Linda Barrett Knopp from Malaprops Bookstore & Cafe; and Emily Bell of Page & Palette will facilitate the Large Store Session. Large stores are defines as more than 25 employees and/or more than 4,000 square feet.
Spring is in the air, so it is time to grow some good reading! Southern Indie Booksellers have a selected the 2011 Spring Okra Picks —great southern books, fresh off the vine. A baker’s dozen of titles representing a wide range of tastes, all the books selected have the following things in common: 1) They are Southern in nature. 2) They are 2011 Spring releases and 3) There is a SIBA member Bookstore who is really excited about the book. Southern booksellers love their Southern authors—we grow good books!
Book information and toolkit:
The Okra Picks, 2011 Spring Edition:
Georgia Bottoms by Mark Childress
Under the Mercy Trees by Heather Newton
Electric Barracuda by Tim Dorsey
Gone With a Handsomer Man by Michael Lee West
The SIBA Welcome Kit http://www.sibaweb.com/pdf/welcomekit.pdf is an extensive piece that outlines the many benefits of SIBA Membership. We’ve added a handy legend to identify the characteristics of benefits noting which benefits save money, or connect with customers, are free, easy, fun, or popular, allow you to be seen and network, and which are high tech or low tech. Spending a few hours with this brochure is well worth it!
Bottom Line: SIBA belongs to you. We want to help you sell more books and thrive in your communities. Set aside a couple of hours to read this invaluable Welcome Kit. http://www.sibaweb.com/pdf/welcomekit.pdf
SIBA will be extensively promoting a day change at #SIBA11. In the even years, 2012, 2014, etc. SIBA will hold fast to its FRI, SAT, SUN schedule but will be experimenting with the schedule in the odd years such as 2011, 2013, and on. This year, in Charleston, SC, our day of education will be held on Saturday ending with the SIBA Supper, exhibits will open on Sunday with The Writers Block Auction ending that day, and Monday will be our half-day of exhibits, $1000 Raffle, and The Moveable Feast of Authors. See when and where future SIBAs will be held here: http://www.tradeshow.sibaweb.com/
Bottom Line: Trade Show #SIBA11 will be held in Charleston, SC, at the Embassy Suites Hotel Airport / Convention Center ; Sept. 17-19; a Sat - Mon schedule – Book Your Room Here - http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/C/CHSEMES-SIB-20110913/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG
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Columbia, SC 29205
Trade Show 2011: Charleston, SC, Sept. 17-19
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