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News Briefs/Newsletter for Book Industry
August 4, 2016

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GABBS 2017 Dates Announced

The dates and place for the Great American Bargain Book Show, GABBS2017, will be in Atlanta, GA at the AmericasMart on Wednesday and Thursday, March 8 and 9. This year the show will be a full, two day show instead of 2 ½ days.
“Our decision to stay at the Mart came after much thought and discussion regarding dates, times, places and proximity to other trade shows. After having gone through this process, we have concluded that Atlanta at AmericasMart with SIBA’s participation, in March, is the best time and place for the show right now and the immediate future,” said GABBS Owner Larry May. AmericasMart, along with the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) partnership, has provided the Great American Bargain Book Show with a solid, stable base of attendees, which GABBS will continue to build on in the coming years.

May noted that they are well aware of the Show’s proximity to the London Book Fair and will work diligently to accommodate those Exhibitors and Attendees who are planning to attend both events.
The GABBS show lay-out, which will be slightly changed this year, and table pricing, will be available late August.
SIBA will be hosting its SIBA in the Springtime (SITS) the day before GABBS opens. There will be a full day of educational seminars for booksellers and more information will be forthcoming this Fall.


S&S to Distribute U.K. Publisher Ryland, Peters & Small

Simon & Schuster has entered into a sales and distribution agreement with Ryland, Peters & Small, a U.K.-based publisher of lifestyle books.
Under the agreement, which went into effect August 1, S&S will handle distribution in the North American market for the publisher’s new and backlist publishing, with trade sales in the U.S. to follow on January 1, 2017. The sales and distribution agreement also includes the publisher’s CICO Books line.
Ryland, Peters & Small publishes books on interior design, gardening, gastronomy, arts and crafts, children’s crafts and activities, mind, body, and spirit, as well as specialty gift items. Read On!

Library of Congress National Book Festival Features 120 Authors, Illustrators

Organizers of the 2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival have announced the full slate of authors who will participate in this year’s event.
The 16th annual festival, taking place on Saturday, September 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, will feature more than 120 writers, poets, and illustrators who will discuss and sign their work.
Authors recently added to the lineup include Rep. John Lewis, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry Pinkney, Ken Burns, Calvin Trillin, Yaa Gyasi, Harlan Coben, Álvaro Enrigue, Candice Millard, Kristin Hannah, Adam Gopnik, Laila Lalami, and Lois Lowry. Read On!
See the full list of authors participating in this year’s festival here. Read On!

“Cursed Child” Release Parties Bring Harry Potter Magic Back to Bookstores

Independent bookstores across the country hosted parties on Saturday, July 30, and Sunday, July 31, to celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II, the official script book for the new stage play that premiered in London on July 30.
The play, based on a new story by Harry Potter series creator J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany, was released in print form by Scholastic’s Arthur A. Levine Books imprint at 12:01 a.m. on July 31. Scholastic reported that Cursed Child sold more than two million copies in the first two days of sales, an unprecedented figure for a script book. Read On!

Ann Patchett and James Patterson Become Binc’s First Ambassadors

Ann Patchett and James Patterson, are the inaugural ambassadors for the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation! Both authors are champions of independent bookstores. Our co-ambassadors are showing their support for Binc’s commitment to helping bookstore employees with personal financial assistance.
As the owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, TN, Patchett knows the joys and struggles of being an independent bookseller, saying, “I support Binc because it’s an organization that’s always there for booksellers. Together we can help Binc weave a safety net for all booksellers. It’s a way to say thank you to the people who have given us so much.” Read On!

Country Bookshelf Wins Europa Intl. Book Fair Scholarship

Country Bookshelf in Bozeman, Mont., is the winner of the inaugural Europa International Book Fair Scholarship. Europa Editions, which announced the scholarship last month, will be sending one bookseller from the store to the Frankfurt Book Fair in October. Read On!

Indigo First Quarter: Revenue Up 4.4%

At Indigo Books & Music, revenue in the first quarter ended July 2 grew 4.4%, to C$193.1 million (about US$147.8 million) and the net loss was $9 million ($6.9 million), identical to the same period a year earlier. Read On!

World's Highest-paid Authors

The world's highest-paid authors banked a combined $269 million over the last 12 months, "proving that the written word isn't dead–although television and movie adaptations often help drive sales," Forbes reported in releasing its annual list. Girl on the Train author Paula Hawkins was the most notable newcomer. Read on for list!

Target Begins Selling Amazon Devices Again

After a four-year hiatus, Target has begun selling Amazon e-readers and tablets on its website again and will stock the products in stores beginning in October, Bloomberg reported.
"Target continually evaluates our assortment to deliver quality products at a great value," the company said in a statement. "We know our guests love the many aspects of shopping at Target, and believe they will appreciate the convenience and savings of finding these items in our stores and on Target.com." Read On!

A beautiful library from each US state

Libraries are timeless treasures.
Even as pulpy paperbacks get swapped out for electronic ink, we still crave a physical space where we can surround ourselves with knowledge. When done right, those spaces can be works of art.
To find the most beautiful libraries in each state, Tech Insider looked at past and current award-winners as judged by the American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association awards, and relied on our own judgment for states who have never won. Make sure to give these a look on your next road trip. Read On for the list!

Prepping for the Holidays

SIBA has maintained a list of great gifts for bookstores for many years. Now residing on Pinterest, you can visit the Pinterest Board again and again for ideas of things to sell in your shop. You can also send me items that are doing well for you, so that I can add to the board and share them with other stores. Check out Gifts Galore for Bookstores! The GABBS show (March 7-8. 2017) is a great way to venture into the gift market as it is held over the same weekend in the same location as the Atlanta Gift Mart and GABBS offers Field Trips for first-timers with seasoned gift buyers.
Here is what I have heard from stores about gift buying over the years:
  • Look for small minimums. You don’t want to commit a ton of dollars to a single item.

  • Work with sales groups. Much like commission groups, they carry lots of companies in their bag and you can sample across companies on the same minimum.
  • Remember you are buying wholesale and the retail cost will be more. It is easy to get caught up when you can buy something for $6 but remember you will want your customer to pay upwards of $12.
  • Start small. Buy a few items and see how they do.
  • Watch your turns and replace slow moving items with something new and mark those items down. What’s so wonderful about gifts is you can mark that $12 items down to $9.99 and still make a profit.
  • Talk to other booksellers. Use your regional or the ABA’s forums and listservs to ask other booksellers or simply email your bookselling friends in other regions or states and see what’s moving where they are, and what companies they like.
  • Don’t forget impulse buys. Put items like chocolate and magnets near the cash register. Don’t sell anything for less the $1. Make sure there is something to shop for while folks are waiting in line to give you their money.
  • Look local. Check with your local artisans for items that would work well in your shop. It’s a great way to connect with community and support the local art scene.
If you are not ready to plunge into the gift market in store see about affiliating with someone on-line and putting some items on your website that can be ordered online and you will get a small percentage of sales. This is a good way to “test” for items that would be popular with your customers.
Wanda Jewell, Executive Director
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
3806 Yale Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205
Fax: 309.410.0211
#siba16: Fall Discovery Show
Sept 16-18 FRI-SUN
Hilton Savannah Desoto
Savannah, GA
Thank you to SIBA's Inkreadible Sponsors 2016:
Baker & Taylor
Great American Bargain Book Show (GABBS)
Ingram Content Group
The Reba and Dave Williams
​Foundation for Literature and the Arts


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