The Spring 2009 Children's Indie Next List Preview

    With a fun and vibrant design that reflects the energy, verve, and insight of its indie bookseller recommendations, the Spring 2009 Kids' Next List has arrived. The new list can be seen in preview and is now featured on IndieBound.org in a clear, interactive format that lets consumers access all of the stellar picks and purchase titles from their favorite independent bookstores.

    New IndieBound Resources Now Available

    ABA staff came out of the Winter Institute with so many requests and ideas from booksellers that we're brimming with new IndieBound resources for 2009. This week alone, we have three new updates to the IndieBound Bookseller DIY! Watch for more in the weeks to come.

    IndieBound Bumper Stickers

    The Indie Diet, Exercise & Fitness Bestseller List

    For the eight-week period ending February 10, 2009, and based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide.

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    Food Matters
    Mark Bittman, S&S, $25, 9781416575641

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    Are You Missing Out on Crucial Marketing Materials?

    Each month, the American Booksellers Association sends member booksellers Red and White Box mailings, but who gets what depends on a bookstore's level of participation in the IndieBound movement.

    The Spring 2009 Children's Indie Next List

    1. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
    (Dutton Juvenile, $16.99, 9780525421030 / 0525421033)
    "This is a simple, beautifully told story of a girl's experiences after a horrific car crash. Forman deals with this difficult topic in a way that is striking and unusual, and thoroughly impressive." --Suzanna Hermans, Oblong Books & Music, Rhinebeck, NY

    Easy Options Connect Authors to Indies

    Many an independent bookseller has been frustrated by authors and publishers who direct readers solely to Amazon.com or a chain retailer to purchase their books. But a growing number are now responding by directing those very same authors and publishers to the IndieBound.org Affiliate Program or one of several other simple methods designed for those not interested in receiving a commission on sales.

    The March Indie Next List & Notables Preview

    Here's a preview of the March Indie Next List now on its way to ABA member stores in the IndieBound movement.

    The February Indie Next List Notables Flier & Shelf-talkers

    The February Indie Next List Notables presents a range of strong fiction and nonfiction titles recommended by indie booksellers nationwide. In addition, POP materials for in-store displays -- electronic files in PDF format of both the February Indie Next List Notables flier and shelf-talkers -- are now available on BookWeb.org.

    The Indie Biography & Memoir Bestseller List

    For the eight-week period ending January 27, 2009, and based on sales at hundreds of independent bookstores nationwide.

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    Three Cups of Tea
    Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin, Penguin, $15, 9780143038252

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    Nominations Needed for April, Easter/Passover, and Poetry Lists

    There will be three opportunities in February for independent booksellers to help create upcoming Indie Next Lists.

    The deadlines for nominations are:

    It's in the Bag: IndieBound Merchandise Bags, Shopping Bags & Reusable Totes

    W.G. Ellerkamp offers ABA members IndieBound paper merchandise and shopping bags, reusable totes, and a variety of giftwrap designs.

    Three Indie Next List Deadlines Upcoming in February

    There will be three opportunities for independent booksellers to help create upcoming Indie Next Lists in February.

    The deadlines are:

    The Indie Mind Body Spirit Bestseller List

    For the eight-week period ending January 13, 2009, and based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide.

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    A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose
    Eckhart Tolle, Plume, $14, 9780452289963

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    Ellerkamp Offers Expanded Line of Wrapping Papers, Lower Prices on Shopping Bags

    W.G. Ellerkamp, the supplier of ABA's IndieBound paper and cloth bags, is now offering member stores an expanded line of giftwrap, as well as lower prices on handled paper shopping bags.

    New Year Brings a New Look for IndieBound.org

    IndieBound.org's homepage sports a fresh look, including new features and opportunities for fans and indie booksellers alike to get more involved.

    Among the new additions, Outreach Liaison Paige Poe will be blogging with news and stories about indie retailers across the U.S. All blog entries and articles will be captured in a permanent archive, so they'll always be available.

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