August 2011

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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

Holy Ghost Girl
Holy Ghost Girl

Mile Marker Zero
Mile Marker Zero

Monsters in America
Monsters in America
(Baylor University Press)


Lady Banks Pick of the Week

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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.


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:

The 2011 Summer Okra Picks are still in season!—great southern books, fresh off the vine.  This is a fresh bushel of great picks.

Holiday catalog final title list

The final title list for the 2011 Holiday Catalog is now available for download at 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.

& Education (
& 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 -

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
Fax: 309.410.0211

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

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

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