Earlier this month, Edelweiss+ rolled out the new “Communities” feature, which invites booksellers to join groups of users based on interest and create their own community in order to share reviews and collections with colleagues.
Previously, the Indie Next List nomination process through Edelweiss was open to any Edelweiss user; now, booksellers who wish to nominate through Edelweiss must join the ABA Community, which will ensure all recommendations are coming from bookstore members of the American Booksellers Association.
Booksellers who do not use Edelweiss can still submit nominations to the Indie Next List by filling out the nomination form on BookWeb.org and on NetGalley by clicking “title feedback.”
To join the ABA Community in Edelweiss, go to the People page on Edelweiss and search for “American Booksellers Association” under Available Communities; hit the “join” button.
Booksellers will need their six-digit ABA member ID number to join the ABA Community. Only one user at each store needs to join the ABA Community for all users from that store to be part of the community; if one person at the store joins, all employees who are associated with that store will be added to the ABA Community. Booksellers can talk with their managers or e-mail email@example.com to get their ABA member ID number.
Booksellers who receive an error message when entering their member ID number should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the number.
Once a bookseller has joined the ABA Community, they can select the “review” button on any title and share their feedback. Reviews can be shared with a number of groups and Communities, and booksellers can set default sharing preferences to make Indie Next List reviews a one-click process.
As a reminder, multiple booksellers from the same store may nominate the same book.