10 Feb

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.

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09 Feb

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

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04 Feb

Easy Options Connect Authors to Indies

Many an independent bookseller has been frustrated by authors and publishers who direct readers solely to 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 Affiliate Program or one of several other simple methods designed for those not interested in receiving a commission on sales.

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04 Feb

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.

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29 Jan

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

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28 Jan

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.


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


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27 Jan

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:

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27 Jan

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.

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20 Jan

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:

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14 Jan

The Indie Mind Body Spirit Bestseller List

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


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


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13 Jan

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.

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13 Jan

New Year Brings a New Look for'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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08 Jan

The February 2009 Indie Next List

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

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07 Jan

A Holiday Sojourn to Anderson's Bookshop

By Oren J. Teicher, ABA Chief Operating Officer

People look forward to all sorts of different things during the holidays. In December, I can't wait for my annual pre-holiday stint working in an indie bookstore. Beyond it being fun, I have consistently found that my holiday bookselling experiences have been indispensable to my work at ABA. For months after I've returned to my day job, my colleagues often hear me start a discussion with a reference to what I saw and what I learned while working in a bookstore over the holidays.

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06 Jan

Next Indie Kids' List Needs Your Nominations

Here's a very important reminder for the Indie Next List.

Friday, January 9, is the deadline for the Spring Indie Kids' List.

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Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.








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