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.

    The December 2008 Indie Next List & Notables Preview

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

    ChicoBag Offers Special Discount on Custom Bags

    Each customer who walks out of your bookstore with a single-use paper or plastic bag costs you money. Instead, why not offer customers an environmentally friendly bag that will result in a profit, as well as provide additional marketing exposure for your store?

    Peace. Love. Books. Bags to Arrive Soon

    ABA member stores that have placed orders for IndieBound reusable bags bearing the movement's popular "Peace. Love. Books." slogan should be receiving them soon. W.G. Ellerkamp Inc., the bag's supplier, expects to begin shipping the tote to stores sometime next week.

    The Indie Politics & Current Events Bestsellers List

    For the eight-week period ending November 4, 2008, and based on sales in independent bookstores nationwide.


    Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution -- And How It Can Renew America
    Thomas L. Friedman, FSG, $27.95, 9780374166854


    November Indie Next List Notables Fliers & Shelf-Talkers Ready for Download

    Each month, the Indie Next List Notables flier offers a great selection of titles from indie booksellers nationwide that complement the month's Indie Next List selections in both window and in-store displays. The flier is available at in PDF format and features jacket images, bibliographic information, and bookseller quotes.

    Ring in the Season With Holiday IndieBound

    Nurturing community and emphasizing the long-lasting value of the book are the heart of the new IndieBound holiday marketing materials, launched last week in the Bookseller DIY.

    Network With Your Customers on

    To help ABA member booksellers make the most of the social networking resources on, a tutorial specific to ABA members has been posted on BookWeb. The tutorial covers community basics, such as:

    A Message From the ABA Board About IndieBound's New Holiday Marketing Materials

    Dear Bookseller Colleagues,

    You recall that wonderful saying, When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Go Shopping...?

    Times are tough, but there will always be holiday shopping. And in this volatile economic climate, we believe that focusing on the lasting value of the book as a great gift is the best approach for independent bookstores this holiday season.

    The 2008 Indie Next List Highlights Preview

    From the hundreds of thousands of books published this year, the indie bookselling community has gleaned an impressive 2008 Indie Next Highlights List, featuring great fiction and nonfiction that has garnered especially strong support from ABA members nationwide. The list includes 51 titles, as well as an additional eight selections that will be available in paperback in early 2009. Adds More E-Commerce Sites

    One of the key features of is "Shop Local Online," which directs book buyers to the website of a bookstore near them. Books featured on the Indie Next List, the Indie Bestseller Lists, and elsewhere on the site include links for consumers to buy the book. Click on one of these links, enter your zip code, and you'll be presented with some online shopping options near you.

    Peace. Love. Books. Reusable Bags

    W.G. Ellerkamp Inc., the official supplier of IndieBound bags to ABA member bookstores, is now taking orders for new reusable bags bearing the movement's popular "Peace. Love. Books." slogan. Orders placed now will be filled in November.

    The attractive tote, which can be used over and over again, is great for resale and for promotional giveaways. The bag, which is red with white print, measures 13" x 5" x 13".

    Main Street, Not Wall Street Initiative to Launch in Lehigh Valley

    Although most pundits are predicting a lackluster holiday shopping season, there's at least one local business group that's hoping to turn the current economic situation to its advantage. The Sustainable Business Network of the Greater Lehigh Valley (SBN) in southeast Pennsylvania plans to launch a Main Street, Not Wall Street campaign to highlight to consumers the advantages of spending their dollars at local independent businesses.

    The Indie October Baseball Bestseller List

    With Major League Baseball's post-season in full-swing, we present the The Indie October Baseball Bestseller List, based on sales in independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending October 14, 2008.


    Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners, Semi-Experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks
    Zack Hample, Vintage, $13.95, 9780307280329

    The Indie Mind Body Spirit Bestseller List

    For the eight-week period ending October 7, 2008, and based on sales in independent bookstores nationwide.


    A New Earth
    Eckhart Tolle, Plume, $14, 9780452289963



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