The E-Commerce Newsletter For Booksellers          November 1, 2019

2019 ABC Best Books For Young Readers Catalog is Now Live
The online version of the 2019 catalog is now available for IndieCommerce and IndieLite stores. 

You can link to the catalog by 

  1. Placing the ‘ABC Catalog Block’ on the website’s home page, as seen on

  2. Place the catalog banner image on your website and link that to the catalog, as seen on

  3. Adding a menu link to the catalog page ‘/catalog/abc’

IndieCommerce and IndieLite stores that requested the online catalog in 2018 already have the 2019 catalog available on their websites. Other stores interested in the catalog can write to [email protected]


New IndieLite FeatureImage result for IndieLite
Just in time for the holidays, we have three nice new features (at no extra cost) for your IndieLite website.

  1. Book Lists - Stores can now have five front page book lists available to them (two more than what they had before)

  2. Block Title Links - Block titles are now linkable to another web page

  3. Gift Cards - Just in time for the holidays, you now have the ability to sell gift cards

If you have questions about how to activate or use these new features, please contact [email protected]

Reminder: Don’t Take Images From the Internet Without PermissionRelated image
When you need photos for your website, it’s very tempting to pull images off of the internet without thinking about who owns those images. Over the past few months, several bookstores have received e-mail notices that a photo on their website was not licensed for use on their site. 

There are automated online services such as that track down stolen images and enforce copyright laws for those images. If they find a stolen image on your site, they may attempt to charge you a fee to license that image for use on your website. This can be a considerable amount of money, so be very careful when copying images onto your website.


December 1 is the Deadline for Getting Your IndieCommerce or IndieLite Website Live in 2019
If you want your IndieCommerce or IndieLite store launched in 2019, you need to COMPLETE your “GoLive” training before December 1, 2019. December is an extremely busy month for our customer support department, so all GoLive training will be suspended for the entire month. For more information, contact [email protected]


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
American Booksellers Association | 333 Westchester Avenue | White Plains, NY 10604
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Harrison, NY 10528
United States