Appointments Being Accepted for Winter Institute 10’s Consultation Station [4]

[6]The Consultation Station [7], featuring representatives from the American Booksellers Association’s affiliated business solution partners, POS vendors, and others, returns to the Winter Institute on Tuesday, February 10, and Wednesday, February 11, 2015. The Consultation Station will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday and from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday with most vendors set up in the Grove Park Inn’s Skyline Room.

Booksellers who are interested in meeting with specific vendors are encouraged to set up appointments in advance; contact information is provided below and on the Consultation Station page on [7].

If during the Wi10 registration process booksellers granted permission for Consultation Station participants to contact them directly, they may receive e-mails from company representatives before the event.

Here are the 2015 Consultation Station vendors to date:

Above the Treeline
Above the Treeline offers two web-based tools — the Edelweiss online catalog system and Treeline Analytics — to help booksellers efficiently manage their inventory and assortment.

Addico Solutions – Basil Bookseller Software
Basil is a complete, web-based inventory control system that supports new, used, and online book sales, and it now offers mobile capability to provide even more options.

American Booksellers for Free Expression
ABFE offers advice and other resources for booksellers on free speech issues, dealing with problems at author events, protecting customer privacy, celebrating Banned Books Week, and more. ABFE will be set up at the Grove Park Inn on the Atrium Landing across from the Grand Ballroom.

  • For more information, visit [12].
  • To set up an appointment, send an e-mail to Chris Finan [13] or call (800) 637-0037, ext. 7576.

A POS/inventory control system whose services encompass offsite sales, used books, encrypted credit card processing, gift card management, and more.

  • For more information, visit [14].
  • To set up an appointment, send an e-mail to Jim Bean [15] or call (800) 819-0095, ext.103

ABA Member Relationship Managers Catherine Cusick (GLIBA, MIBA, NAIBA, NEIBA regions) and Nathan Halter (MPIBA, NCIBA, PNBA, SCIBA, SIBA regions) will be available to review member benefits and more on the Atrium Landing across from the Grand Ballroom.

  • For more information, visit [16].
  • To set up an appointment, send an e-mail to [17] or call (800) 637-0037, ext. 7566 or 7514.

Bancard Systems
ABA-affiliated merchant credit card processing program.
Biblio is an independently owned marketplace for used, rare, and collectible books that has been helping independent booksellers to connect with their customers since 2003.

  • For more information, visit [20].
  • To set up an appointment, send an e-mail to Brendan Sherar [21] or call (828) 350-0744.

Book Industry Charitable Foundation
The Binc Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that coordinates charitable programs to support booksellers.

Booklog is a comprehensive POS/IM solution that is installed in more than 1,800 stores worldwide. It provides a user-friendly environment for managing all aspects of a successful retail environment.

  • For more information, visit [24].
  • To set up an appointment, send an e-mail to Gwen Fishbeck [25] or call (773) 275-4437.

BookPage is a monthly review publication distributed to more than 400,000 readers through subscribing bookstores and public libraries.

Handseller, LLC
Handseller™ is an IOS/Android app/website that engages customers by delivering book recommendations, enabling easy list building and sharing, and allowing online holds for in-store pickup or purchases via a shopping cart.

IBID is a POS/inventory control software system designed for and used by independent booksellers. It is an MS Windows-based system that operates with MS Internet Explorer.

  • For more information, visit [30].
  • To set up an appointment, send an e-mail to David Walton [31] or call (800) 458-1996.

Independent Bookstore Day
Representatives from Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) will be available to answer questions about the inaugural celebration, set for May 2, 2015. Booksellers can get advice on marketing and publicity, events and promotions, and more. Special for Winter Institute attendees: Stores can change and/or place IBD orders through Wednesday, February 11, at noon.

IndieCommerce staff will be available for individualized, one-on-one consultations.

Ingram Content Group
Ingram, the lead sponsor of the Winter Institute, is a distributor of books, music, and media content. Publishers, retailers, and libraries worldwide use Ingram’s integrated physical and digital distribution, logistics, and manufacturing solutions to access global consumer demand and to realize the full business potential of book content.

Kobo Inc.
Kobo produces eReaders and provides more than four million eBooks, magazines, comics, and kids’ titles.

  • For more information, visit [38].
  • To set up an appointment, send an e-mail to Rebecca Grant [39] or call (416) 977-8737.


The League of Independent Book Retailer Insurance Services (LIBRIS), the ABA-owned insurance company, offers tailored, affordable insurance coverage for independent booksellers.

  • For more information, visit [40].
  • To set up an appointment, send an e-mail to Whitney Balaun [41] or call (888) 694-8585.

Literary Hub
Literary Hub will be the go-to daily site for American literary culture, including essays, excerpts, interviews, bookstore profiles, and more.

  • To set up an appointment, send an e-mail to Jonny Diamond [42] or call (212) 614-7850.

More than 300 publishers use NetGalley to interact with more than 200,000 professional readers. Booksellers, reviewers, bloggers, media, librarians, and educators can register for free, request digital galleys from the catalog, be invited to view a title by publisher, and provide feedback. NetGalley members can view secure digital galleys on all major reading devices and tablets.

  • For more information, visit [43].
  • To set up appointment, send an e-mail to Tarah Theoret [44] or call (978) 465-7755.

Open Road Media
Open Road Integrated Media is a digital publisher and multimedia content company that creates connections between authors and their audiences by marketing its e-books through a new proprietary online platform, using premium video content and social media.

The ABA Shipping Program, managed by PartnerShip®, provides members with discounts on small package and freight shipments through FedEx, UPS Freight, YRC Freight, and others. PartnerShip will be in the Winter Institute’s Galley Room or the Shipping Rooms.

Paz & Associates
The Bookstore Training Group of Paz & Associates provides training and advice for new and existing booksellers who are interested in opening, operating, and selling their bookstores.

Reading Group Choices
Reading Group Choices recommends books for reading groups through their annual print guide (distrubuted to libraries, bookstores, and readers), monthly e-newsletter, website, social media, and bookstore and festival events.

Shelf Awareness
Shelf Awareness offers booksellers a free e-newsletter for customers, which can include the store logo, ‘buy’ buttons for every review linked to the store’s e-commerce website, events listings, customizable editorials, and ad space.

Success360i provides search engine marketing, social media marketing, business strategy, and access to capital advisory services to businesses.

  • For more information, visit [55].
  • To set up an appointment, send an e-mail to Joe Battle [56] or call (919) 389-1551.

We Need Diverse Books (WNDB™)
WNDB™ is a grassroots organization created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in literature by increasing the visibility of diverse books and authors.

Women’s National Book Association/National Reading Group Month
WNBA promotes the value of books and shared reading through the celebration of National Reading Group Month (October) and the annual Great Group Reads recommended titles, as well as other marketing, display, book club, and events opportunities for bookstores.

Additional vendors will be added to the Consultation Station page on [7] as they are confirmed.