How Three Booksellers Are Using IndieBound to Connect With Local Businesses

    Key to the IndieBound movement is the involvement of not only indie bookstores, but all types of indie retailers, local business alliances, and community-minded citizens. So, taking that to heart, R.J.

    Bookstores & Hardware Stores Unite for Indie Marketing Initiative

    New Counter Card Trumpets Trustworthiness of ABA Gift Cards

    The tough economy is expected to take a toll on gift card sales this holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation, which is forecasting a drop in sales of about 5.6 percent even as the popularity and demand for gift cards grow.

    Facebook Fan Drive Spreads the IndieBound Message

    The IndieBound movement is growing ... in bookstores and other independent retailers nationwide, online at, and now on the social networking site Facebook.

    Special Discount Available on Custom ChicoBags

    ChicoBag Company, the creator of unique, reusable, brightly colored bags that compact easily into an attached pouch, is now offering special volume discount pricing for custom bags to ABA members participating in the IndieBound program. Introduces Holiday E-Cards

    Just in time for the busy holiday season, has introduced a new E-Card feature. Visitors to can now send electronic greetings featuring one of four animations based on IndieBound Holiday designs.

    Need IndieBound Holiday Inspiration? See What Other Booksellers Have Done

    Booksellers from coast to coast are taking IndieBound's holiday marketing materials and are making them their own. Here's a look at some of the things they're doing to impress upon customers the value of the book as a holiday gift and the importance of shopping locally.

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    The Indie Mystery Bestseller List

    For the eight-week period ending November 18, 2008, and based on sales at independent bookstores throughout the U.S.


    Book of the Dead
    Patricia Cornwell, Berkley, $9.99, 9780425216255


    A Holiday Sale on IndieBound Bags

    From now until December 12, W.G. Ellerkamp is offering 10 to 15 percent discounts on IndieBound paper bags, reusable totes, and giftwrap. The sale, which company president Jack Ellerkamp said is their way of saying thanks to ABA members for their business, includes merchandise bags, handled shopping bags, and the very popular Peace. Love. Books. reusable tote.

    Bestseller Reporting Deadlines Remain Unchanged

    Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, the Indie Bestseller List for the week ending November 23 will be published, along with our next edition of Bookselling This Week, on Wednesday, November 26. Bestseller reporting deadlines are as usual.

    The Winter '08/'09 Children's Indie Next List Preview

    Here's a preview of the Winter '08/'09 Kids' Indie Next List, which is now featured on in a user-friendly, interactive format that lets consumers peruse these insightful indie recommendations and purchase titles.

    Customizable Counter Card Promotes Wish List to Customers

    Last week, introduced a new Wish List feature that allows members of the Indie Community to build a list of books and e-mail it to friends and family, along with a list of their favorite bookstores. Now, there's a new flier in the Bookseller DIY to help stores promote the Wish List to their customers. The 8-1/2" x 11" design can be used as a counter card, a handout at the store cash wrap, or as a bag stuffer.


    The author's name was incorrectly printed in the December Indie Next List flier for Blindspot: A Novel, by Jane Kamensky and Jill Lepore (Spiegel & Grau). The online version of the December Indie Next List is correct. IndieBound apologizes for this error.

    The Winter '08 /'09 Children's Indie Next List

    1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    (Scholastic, $17.99, 9780439023481 / 0439023483) Debuts Book Wish Lists, Book Search

    Just in time for the holiday retail season, has introduced a new Wish List feature for members of the Indie Community. This feature allows anyone to build a list of books and e-mail it to friends and family, along with a list of their favorite bookstores.


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