The E-Commerce Newsletter For Booksellers           April 25, 2019

New Badge for Preorder Titles and Staff Picks
By popular demand, preorder titles and staff picks can now be flagged on your website. Sites using this feature will display a small version of the badge on small cover images and a large version of the badge on large cover images. Stores also have the option of uploading a custom badge or using the default image. The preorder flag will only appear on titles with a future on-sale date; the badge will not appear after the on-sale date. If you are interested in using the preorder feature, you can find the setting on a book’s product page. There is a help doc with more info available here.

Hummingbird E-books & Independent Bookstore Day
Hummingbird Digital Media, HarperCollins, and Hachette Book Group have joined forces to help bookstores celebrate Independent Bookstore Day by offering eight bestselling e-book titles that stores can sell for $2.99 or less as well as copy-and-paste images for websites and social media.

The eight titles are:

  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver (regularly $11.99, special $2.99)

  • Your Duck Is My Duck by Deborah Eisenberg (regularly $12.99, special $2.99)

  • Bearskin by James A. McLaughlin (regularly $12.99, special $2.99)

  • Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (regularly $7.99, special $1.99)

  • The Prophet by Michael Koryta (regularly $7.99, special $2.99)

  • Mischling by Affinity Konar (regularly $11.99, special $2.99)

  • The Party by Elizabeth Day (regularly $9.99, special $2.99)

  • Testimony by Anita Shreve (regularly $7.99, special $2.99)

Visit the Independent Bookstore Day website to learn more about the fifth annual event; the “For the Trade” section includes a month-by-month planning guide, bookseller information and FAQs, and more.

Schedule a One-on-One Meeting with IndieCommerce at BookExpo 2019
It’s that time of year again. The IndieCommerce team is now scheduling one-on-one sessions with bookstores attending BookExpo in New York. Appointment dates are Wednesday, May 29; Thursday, May 30; and Friday, May 31, 2019. All one-on-one sessions will be held in the ABA Member Lounge at the Javits Convention Center.

Money Management/ACH Transfer
Just a heads up that the money management/ACH transfer will take place on Monday, April 29, instead of April 25.


May 2 Webinar: Creating Recurring Events in IndieCommerce
Many of our members run repeat events — story times, book clubs, etc. — that meet weekly or monthly and want a way to list these recurring events with ease. We now have two possible solutions. In this live demo, we will walk through the steps for both these solutions. We will also demo an alternative approach for collecting RSVPs for events on your website. Sign up for this webinar today.

Thanks for reading. Feel free to email us with any thoughts, questions, or suggestions.
The IndieCommerce team

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Phillip Davies, IndieCommerce Director
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