Promoting E-Books: Let the Indie Next List Help

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With consumer interest in e-reading on the rise, it's important to let customers know that they can buy e-books from you, through your store's ABA IndieCommerce website. Now, a time-tested selling tool -- the Indie Next List -- has been tapped to help in the effort.

E-books also benefit from the unique touch of the independent bookseller. Customers still need good book recommendations, and the Indie Next List brings together favorite handsells from independent booksellers across the U.S.

Originally posted to, Indie Next List selections in e-books are available as a customizable block for IndieCommerce sites. (The Indie Next List in e-books is also featured prominently in the updated IndieBound iPhone app.)

The block is pre-installed on all IndieCommerce sites and simply needs to be enabled. Site administrators can find it on the "Administer Blocks" page. By default, the block shows four randomly selected titles and will appear only on the front page of a store site. The number of titles displayed and the pages where the block appears can be adjusted by clicking the "Configure" link next to the Next List in the E-Books Block on the Administer Blocks page. The block can display from one to eight e-book titles at a time, and can be placed on any or all pages, just like other blocks. (For a quick refresher on using blocks, catch up with the Drupal tutorial video "Adjusting Layout with Blocks and Menus.")

For additional suggestions for promoting e-books, see "My Website Has E-Books, Now What Do I Do?" And let IndieCommerce staff know how it goes!