Record Number of University Presses to Participate in 2017 Indies First

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    Indies First logoMore than 30 university presses have signed up to participate in Indies First on Small Business Saturday, a record number over previous years.

    In celebration of Indies First, November 25, and University Press Week, November 6–11, these publishers are offering booksellers an array of specials on frontlist and backlist titles.

    To give booksellers an idea of the wide range of titles published by university presses, several presses have named the top picks from their lists that they think indie booksellers would have the most success with. The list is available as an Excel spreadsheet on BookWeb.

    In another effort to help stores with ordering titles from university press partners, several booksellers whose stores sell numerous university press books have collaborated to create a list of 100 titles they think would sell well in any type of indie bookstore. The list is available as an Excel spreadsheet on the Indies First page on BookWeb.

    Booksellers can view all the Indies First special offers and associated promotional codes available from publishers and university presses on a dedicated page in the ABA Book Buyer’s Handbook and in an Excel spreadsheet on the Indies First homepage on BookWeb (a username and password are required to access either document; e-mail info@bookweb.org for login information).

    A number of university presses will also be present at the fall regional trade shows throughout the country, so booksellers can meet with representatives and discuss upcoming picks and backlist favorites to carry for Indies First.

    The special Indies First publisher offers are available during varying dates between September 15 and December 31, and offers continue to be added to the list. Both the Handbook and the Excel spreadsheet will be updated as additional publisher offers are confirmed, so booksellers should check back regularly.