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SIBA Affiliates with Bookstores to Sell Books to Southern Readers at Authors ‘Round the South

In support of SIBA’s core member bookstores that are selling books online and hosting affiliate programs, and to encourage those who are not, SIBA began on June 1 to include purchase options for selected titles to consumers at SIBA’s consumer website, www.authorsroundthesouth.com (ARTS), and in the Lady Banks’ Commonplace Book newsletter, via SIBA core member affiliate programs.  All core bookstore members with affiliate programs will be represented across the selected titles in a fair and thoughtful manner.  SIBA launched the online buy options with Lady Banks’ Bookshelf—a monthly selection of titles of interest to readers of southern fiction, and will grow the options across the Okra Picks and the SIBA Book Awards.  Any money realized from book sales will be applied to the further maintenance of the consumer site and outreach to consumers on behalf of SIBA’s core members.

To date, SIBA has four stores participating in the program.  The Regulator Bookshop in Durham, NC; City Lights in Sylva, NC; Inkwood Books in Tampa, FL; and Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, VA.  All four stores are part of the IndieCommerce family.  SIBA will participate in any affiliate programs core members offer. SIBA wants to assist member bookstores in capturing the online market, and recognizes  that Affiliate Programs are a key element. E-commerce is becoming standard for retail  stores with a Web presence. Online sales are only gaining steam.  It is the Readers (with a capital R) who want to read everything, every way, that stores must reach. They are also the most stalwart supporters of indie bookstores, if those stores can offer the options they seek. 

After making a point to visit every bookstore website of core members of the organization,  SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell commented, “I was surprised that so few stores had affiliate programs.  I always imagined that there were school fairs, authors, book bloggers, local non-profits, and libraries that were selling books via affiliate programs with core member bookstores.  I was shocked to see that so few offered affiliate programs and even fewer promoted it as a service to their communities, both virtual and real-world.  I hope SIBA can help change that.”
July 1 marked the end of the first month, and SIBA has successfully directed, on average, 15 visits per bookstore. 

SIBA Summer 2010 Get in Bed Blog Project Has Launched

The 2010 Get in Bed Blog Project (GiB) is a summer-long initiative to promote cooperation between independent bookstores and their local book bloggers. The project will consist of weekly challenges to move participants closer to getting in bed with a blogger or bookseller.  Weekly posts will relay a challenge to book bloggers and booksellers. Each participant should spend the following week meeting the challenge.
 
Inspiration for GiB came from the Sophisticated Dorkiness’ Blog Improvement Project and Executive Director Wanda Jewell hopes the project will culminate at the 2010 SIBA Trade Show where booksellers and book bloggers will indeed get in bed together!

At her own blog, Wanda’s Wonderful Book Blog, Jewell explains “I am no expert.  I am not even a book blogger or a bookseller.  I read a lot of blogs about books and am interested in social media, and I do everything I can think of to market indie bookstores in the south.  One of the reasons I am hosting this project is because I want to support the “circle of books” – the connection between books, their readers and their writers.  I believe in support systems, and think this will be a fun way to get in bed and get better together.”
Booksellers & book bloggers that would like to be listed as participants need only email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Get in Bed Players | GiB Book Bloggers | GiB Booksellers

Celebrate Independents!  SIBA’s 2010 Book Award Winners; A Southern Explosion of Works

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Southern indie booksellers have chosen a stellar collection of titles for the 2010 SIBA Book Awards.  After a furious round of voting, the finalists skyrocketed out of the long list into the hands of the judges, and today the winners break out.

The Secret World of Walter AndersonChildren’s Winner: The Secret World of Walter Anderson by Hester Bass (Candlewick Press)

The Secret World of Walter Anderson was brought to the attention of booksellers in the first batch of Okra Picks and quickly found its way to the Southern Indie Bestseller List h becoming a favorite among booksellers and readers throughout the south.  Enter the fascinating world of reclusive nature-lover Walter Anderson — perhaps the most famous American artist you've never heard of.  In this beautifully crafted picture book biography, writer Hester Bass and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator E. B. Lewis pay homage to an uncompromising American artist.

The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh SouthernCooking Winner: The Lee Brothers Simple Fresh Southern by Ted and Matt Lee (Clarkson Potter)

The Lee Brothers Simple Fresh Southern was brought to the attention of booksellers in the south at the annual trade show of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance in Greenville, SC, last year.  Long a favorite of southern indie booksellers, the Lee Brothers have delivered the goods again.  From Bobby Flay: “These guys can cook! Just reading the recipes makes me ravenous for scintillating Southern dishes. Sign me up for Tuesday Fried Chicken and Sweet Potato Buttermilk Pie!”  Siblings Matt & Ted Lee are homegrown and this cookbook proves it.

The HelpFiction Winner: The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Amy Einhorn Books)

The Help has spent 35 weeks on the Southern Indie Bestseller List and is still there now.  No southern bookseller is surprised to see this book take the winning fiction spot in the 2010 SIBA Book Awards.  But did you know that The Help is soon to be a major motion picture coming from DreamWorks?  And dream work describes this book.  Reading groups have embraced this book as have Citadel graduates.  The “terrible awful” is waiting for Kathryn Stockett to write us another southern story.

The Most They Ever HadNonfiction Winner: The Most They Ever Had by Rick Bragg (Macadam Cage)

The Most They Ever Had joins Somebody Told Me, Ava’s Man, and The Prince of Frogtown; all books by Rick Bragg and all winners of the SIBA Book Award.  Southern booksellers and readers cannot get enough Rick Bragg.  These nine stories, written to carry readers across space and time to the mill town of Anniston, AL, over a one hundred year span, will capture readers and booksellers alike.  SIBA and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Bragg again gives a voice to people who never even knew they had anything worth hearing.

The Winners!

Children's: The Secret World of Walter Anderson by Hester Bass (Candlewick)
Cooking: The Lee Brothers Simple Fresh Southern by Ted and Matt Lee (Clarkson Potter)
Fiction: The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Putnam)
Nonfiction: The Most They Ever Had by Rick Bragg, (Macadam Cage)

 

The 2010 Get in Bed Blog Project

Are you in bed?

Bookseller & Book Blogger in Bed Together

The 2010 Get in Bed Blog Project is a summer-long project that will consist of weekly challenges to move you closer to getting in bed with a blogger or bookseller.  Weekly, I’ll post an activity that will relate in some way to connecting book bloggers and booksellers. Each participant should spend the following week meeting the challenge.  Some posts will be a blogger tip, and some will be a bookseller tip.  We will begin next week.

If you choose to participate in this project, there is no obligation to participate in every challenge, and you can customize each challenge so it makes sense for your particular goals.  Think of the design (and this post, for that matter) as similar to Sophisticated Dorkiness’ Blog Improvement Project (where I got my inspiration) — participate when it makes sense for you.  This is a group effort, because getting better is always easier when you have a support system, but the ultimate commitment remains with you — do you want to get in bed with a blogger/bookseller before September 25, 2010?

A word of note — I am no expert.  I am not even a book blogger or a bookseller.  I read a lot of blogs about books and am interested in social media, and I do everything I can think of to market indie bookstores in the south.  One of the reasons I am hosting this project is because I want to support the “circle of books” – the connection between books, their readers and their writers.  I believe in support systems, and think this will be a fun way to get in bed & get better together.

Booksellers & book bloggers that would like to be listed as participants need only email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Get in Bed Players              GiB Book Bloggers                   GiB Booksellers

 

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Table of Contents

Bookseller Revivials

Okra Picks 

Get in Bed Blog Project

 SIBA Sells Books!

How Tweet It Is Contest

Authors Round the South

Document Library Highlights

Web Tool of the Month


Mark Your Calendar!

Bookseller Revivials!
July 19, 26, 28

SIBA Trade Show
Sept. 24-26
Daytona, FL



Coming Up on Circle of Sites

Madonnas of Echo park
Madonnas of Echo Park
(Simon & Schuster)

Big Appetite

Big Appetite
(Simon & Schuster)

The Eternal Ones

Eternal Ones
(Penguin)

 

June 2010

SIBA Indie Bookseller Revivals Revived in July – Mark Your Calendar Today

Your SIBA Board Members will play host across the south in July to southern booksellers at The Indie Booksellers Revival.  Each revival will be a day-long immersion kicking off with some hands-on education provided by each store followed by lunch with a writer, and ending with an Indie Inquiry among booksellers about how to go forward successfully in this ever changing industry.   

Read more.


Okra PicksNew Peck of Okra Picks Announced – Summer is the Season for Okra

SIBA announces the 2010 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. 

http://www.sibaweb.com/okra


The Secret World of Walter Anderson

SIBA's Get in Bed Blog Project

Just before BEA, SIBA President Kelly Justice, owner of Fountain Bookstore, and Rebecca Joines Schinsky, of The Book Lady’s Blog, created a media frenzy with their Get in Bed with a Book Blogger project.  In response, SIBA’s own Wanda Jewell is launching the Get in Bed Blog Project.  Read more and sign up today.

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Testing..1…2….3…..SIBA Sells Books at Authors ‘Round the South

In support of our core bookstores that are selling books online and hosting affiliate programs, and to encourage those who are not, SIBA began June 1 of this year to include purchase options that will direct sell selected titles to consumer on the consumer website, www.authorsroundthesouth.com (ARTS) and in the Lady Banks’ Commonplace Books Newsletter via core member affiliate programs.  All core bookstore members with affiliate programs will be represented across the selected titles in a fair and thoughtful manner.  SIBA launched the online buy options with the Summer Okra Picks, 2010 SIBA Book Award Finalists & Winners, and the books on Lady Banks’ Bookshelf.  Any money realized from book sales will be applied to the further maintenance of the consumer site and outreach to consumers on behalf of SIBA’s core members.

Read more.

Lady Banks' Pick of the Week!

How Tweet It Is! Contest – Win a FREE Hotel Night during #SIBA10

A little bird told me. . .The hashtag for the SIBA Trade Show is #SIBA10.

Any member of SIBA who tweets - "How tweet it is. #SIBA10" between now and August 1st will be entered to win one free hotel night at SIBA 2010.  There will be 5 winners, so start twittering!  Follow SIndies to find out the latest Show news! Get your twitter account here: twitter.com

Here is the registration form for the SIBA Trade Show – http://www.sibaweb.com/pdf/tradeshow/2010/2010regformA.pdf


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Authors Round the South

Do not forget to take the time to post your events to the ARTS calendar, or to use the STARS resource to book authors into your community. SIBA will spread the word about what's happening at your store via it's own social networking connections. Follow @Sindies, @readermtwriter, @ladybanks, @rubyjewell!


South of Broad

SIBA Document Library – 2010 Book Award Finalists Shelf Talkers

The SIBA Document Library is a great tool and provides content on tons of topics. The 2010 SIBA Book Award Winners will be announced after July 4th. Use these shelf talkers to promote the finalists in your store.  Easy, breezy, beautiful

Download the 2010 Book Award Shelf Talkers

Southern Farmers Market Cookbook

Web Tool of the Month – Like new customers?

This is a great site and it is adding cities every day.  Like new customers?  Then you’ll love GroupOn.  Learn how a one-day feature on Groupon can bring your bookstore thousands of new customers. Watch the 2 Minute Intro.  www.grouponworks.com


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