By Heather Faulhefer
Banned Books Week offers bookstores, readers, and writers an opportunity to shine a light on the freedom of self-expression through the written word, and what better theme for this year’s celebration than “Censorship Leaves Us In the Dark. Keep the Light On!”
For decades, Indie Bookstores have been a sacred place for communities to gather and visit in order to read, listen to a music performance, or just a safe place to be. On Independent Bookstore Day, April 27th, we celebrate those who help to keep Indie Bookstores open and running for the dedicated readers all over the world. Join us in celebration by supporting your local Indie Bookshop.
April is an exciting time of the year here at Ingram Content Group because we are thrilled to be able to celebrate and recognize our wonderful world of indie booksellers with Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) on April 27.
Tis' the season for giving! With twinkling lights and snow covered streets, many are preparing for end-of-the-year festivities. Not only is this a time to prepare for future endeavors that lie before us in 2019, it is a season when people reach out to friends, family, and their community to give back.
We support Banned Books Week and encourage all indie bookstores to take part in this celebration of our freedom to read any type of books we choose. Participation
in this week-long celebration offers the entire book community a chance to share their support of the freedom to express ideas and seek knowledge through books, even though some of those books may be considered
unorthodox, or unfit by some. It is a great opportunity to speak out against censorship and show that we appreciate and cherish our right to decide
for ourselves what we want to read.
If you are a true booklover you have most likely dreamt about opening your own independent bookstore. You’ve sifted through a list of book puns to pick
out the perfect store name and you can envision your unique window display that is sure to catch everyone’s attention. So, what is stopping you from
making this dream a reality?
An independent bookstore can provide a place for friends to gather, a cozy environment to read, or a communal spot where people can bond over the love
of books. But have you considered your bookshop to be a potential place where more than the love of books can be found? Could your store deliver more
romantic stories than the novels that lie on your bookshelf? We think so!
The Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) has provided booksellers support for over 22 years, and their substantial impact has changed our industry.
Binc has created an easy way to give back to brick and mortar bookstore- employees during financial crisis. They have given over $6.5 million in tax
free financial assistance and scholarships to more than 7,300 families and they are always striving to make a difference in the book industry. We recently
spoke with Pamela French, Binc’s Executive Director, to hear about how they are continuing to help and influence the lives of indies.
Spring is finally here, which means Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) is just around the corner! At Ingram Content Group, books have been our passion for more than 50 years, and we’re more devoted than ever to supporting
indie bookstores—large and small—and celebrating them on Independent Bookstore Day, and every day!
Whether it’s hosting an author event or helping a local find the perfect afternoon read, independent booksellers continuously spread the love of books to homes, cities, and even across borders. However, independent bookstores must be creative, enterprising, and seek out resources that are available to help them thrive and successfully compete against discount prices from mega-bookstore chains and online retailers.
Have you ever thought about your indie bookstore as a great place for people to find unique gifts, fun new games, and other “I gotta have this” items?
If not, you may be missing out on a great opportunity to attract more customers and supplement sales. Having gifts and games available in your indie
bookstore is a great business strategy. Customers will love the convenience and you will love the extra profits! Consider the possibilities- your bookstore could become a gathering place where people go to find a great book, and a clever gift for their family or friends.
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There is always a place for traditional bookstores in our neighborhoods for the community to gather, share our comradery of reading, and spend a few hours getting lost in
the bound pages of a classic novel or the latest sci-fi thriller. However, the digital age has changed the traditional habit of reading, and we have
seen more people buying their books without leaving their homes. With readers online, this can actually help your store's awareness by building your
online marketing. With just a little bit of technical savvy and a few digital online marketing tactics, you can get readers into your business!
With hundreds of online booksellers, your bookstore has to offer customers more than just physical books and a fun recyclable bag. At this point, your
main competition isn't other bookstores, it's your customers' comfy couch.
Dan Brown is one of America’s most notable author. Known for writing thriller fiction, Brown has produced numerous award winning novels including Angels & Demons,
Inferno, and, one of the best-selling novels of all time, The Da Vinci Code. The Da Vinci Code challenged the publishing
community, which ultimately led Brown to be named Time Magazines' 100 Most Influential People in the World.
There is truly nothing like a good bookstore. The smell of the books, the cozy reading nooks, and the comradery that comes along with spending a few hours
with other book lovers in your neighborhood just can’t be beat. As an independent retail bookstore owner in a rapidly growing digital age, it is imperative
to recognize the major role your book store plays in your community. Be creative, lure in people with irresistible community events, or make your store
a comfortable gathering place to monetize the bookstore experience. It is your responsibility (and privilege) to keep the American bookstore alive!
The award winning author Katie O’Neill is back with her latest young adult graphic novel, The Tea Dragon Society expected October 31, 2017. This charming novel follows Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, in an enchanting world of tea dragons.
Independent bookstores are thriving community centers and are grounded by the support of local residents. Indies have the advantage of selling books by
local self-published authors. This enables them to promote locally giving indie bookstores a unique communal trait. Having an author’s signing at an
indie bookstore can draw traffic, help acquire new audiences, and possibly increase your revenue. But, knowing how to successfully do this while employing
the best tactics can make a world of difference. Here’s what you need to know:
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Indie Bookstores play an important role in our communities, and this week we are celebrating all the amazing things they do. In honor of Independent Bookstore
Day (4/29), we reached out to indie bookstores to hear stories about the success of their bookstores.
JudyBug’s Books (Columbus, GA) is known for it's collection of old, used, rare, and new titles. Whether you need to pick up a certain book or need a recommendation,
Alek Slusarchuk and his team are knowledgeable and always there to help. Not only is JudyBug’s Books a place for eager readers, but it is an oasis
for children to stay during town festivities or a cozy place to meet with friends. It has it all: great coffee, great books, and great company.
In honor of Independent Bookstore Day, we chatted with indies and asked them to share their story. Indie Bookstores are important parts of our communities, and this week we are celebrating all the amazing things they do.
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Vonn is an Olympic gold medal-winning alpine ski racer and a member of the U.S. Ski Team. The most successful American skier in history, she holds four
overall World Cup titles and is one of only six women to have won World Cup races in all five disciplines of alpine skiing. She is also the founder
of the Lindsey Vonn Foundation. Toland is a longtime health and nutrition journalist and former professional track-and-field athlete. She is currently
the food and nutrition director of Prevention magazine and has appeared regularly as a weight-loss expert for Fox News Channel.
In the tradition of The Girl on the Train, The Silent Wife, and Gone Girl comes an enthralling psychological thriller that spins one
woman’s seemingly good fortune, and another woman’s mysterious fate, through a kaleidoscope of duplicity, death, and deception. JP Delaney is the pseudonym
of an author who has previously written award-winning fiction under other names.
A stunning gift book to accompany the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. The first half of the book bridges
a major gap in our national memory by examining a wide arc of African American history, from Slavery, Reconstruction, the Harlem Renaissance, and the
Great Migrations through Segregation, the Civil Rights Movement, and beyond. The second half of the book celebrates African American creativity and
cultural expressions through art, dance, theater, and literature. Sidebars and profiles of influential figures provide additional context and interest
throughout the book.
So, you have written a book and gotten it published. Congratulations! Now it’s time to get that book into the hands of readers. For a first-time published
author, that’s no easy task. But a good first step is reaching out to an author’s natural ally, the independent bookseller.
Adapted by celebrated academics and comics artists Duffy and Jennings, this graphic novel powerfully renders Butler’s mysterious and moving story, which
spans racial and gender divides in the antebellum South through the 20th century. Duffy, cartoonist, writer, and comics letterer, is a Ph.D. student
at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Graduate School of Library and Information Science, and a founder of Eye Trauma Studios. Jennings
is Associate Professor of Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo and has written several works on African-American comics creators. He is an accomplished
designer, curator, illustrator, cartoonist, and award-winning graphic novelist.
Parents are on a mission. They want to raise smart, happy children, and childhood experts have plenty of advice on how to accomplish that goal. “Get them
out of the house to explore their universe! Let them engage in free play! Fill their hours with engaging activities!”
The late Zig Ziglar was a motivational speaker, teacher, and trainer who wrote more than 30 celebrated books on personal growth, leadership, sales, faith,
family, and success. Recognized by his peers as the quintessential motivational genius of our times, he is still considered one of the most versatile
authorities on the science of human potential. Tom Ziglar, CEO of Ziglar, Inc., also carries his father’s philosophy: “You can have everything in life
you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” He joined the Zig Ziglar Corporation in 1987, and is boldly taking Ziglar,
Inc., into the world of social media.
Everyone impacts the world through books. Whether it’s the bookstore manager or the librarian who helps a kid select his or her first book, the book publishing
industry is supported by people just like you.
Independent bookstores possess several advantages over big box retailers, but the biggest one may be flexibility. Want to try a new event or stock a new
line of products? Go for it! The only limit is your creativity.
Millennials -- the youngest generation of adults -- have a reputation for being screen addicts, often using multiple devices at once. This addiction has
led to a new anxiety called nomophobia,
or fear of being without their phones, and a recent survey found that 41% of millennials interact with their smartphones more than their loved ones.
Forman is a bestselling, award-winning author of young adult novels. Leave Me is her first novel for adults. Her novel If I Stay won the 2009 NAIBA Book of the Year Award and was a 2010 Indie Choice Honor Award winner. The film adaptation was released in 2014. Forman is also
a journalist whose articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, and Elle.
Some independent bookstores are taking to heart the old adage, “a rising tide lifts all boats.” It may seem counter-intuitive, but technology and online
sales - once seen as the death knell for independent bookstores - are actually proving to be a boon to the indies.
The UK loves its independent book sellers, and in 2016, the Booksellers Association has developed a new way to support and celebrate this unique community
treasure. This year, Saturday, October 8 marks the first annual Bookshop Day in the UK and Ireland.
Modern bookselling has a storied past. Some of the earliest booksellers - including personalities like Benjamin Franklin - were printers. As such, the
historical role of bookseller was as a source of ideas and fomenter of progress.
This month’s video is brought to you by the Spring Arbor Wire. Buyers Melissa and Gail discuss children’s books to get excited about: The Complete Brambly Hedge by Jill Barklem, God Gave Us Sleep by Lisa Tawn Bergren, The Prince Warriors by Priscilla Shirer and Gina Detwiler, and The Jesus Bible for Kids retold by Janice Emmerson.
There’s some great news for independent bookstores. Much like Mark Twain, “the report of my death was an exaggeration.” This news comes as a welcome surprise
to the reading public, after a wealth of reports in the early 2000s predicted their demise at the hands of big box retailers.
At Ingram, we understand that planning for a new branch location or branch remodel can be an overwhelming task. While we can’t help you secure a new building,
or ensure that the building is ready on time, we certainly can make sure the books for your new collection show up when you need them and are ready
to be shelved. Ingram has experts that will partner with you to help navigate this seemingly daunting undertaking every step of the way. We know that
communication is the key to any project’s success, and we engage in ongoing correspondence from the time the project is awarded through the delivery
and successful opening.
Previously published on Digital Book World's website By Marcus Woodburn
The evolution of book buying continues to progress from a physical, pick-and-pay method of retailing to a highly sophisticated
form of a digital, buy-on-demand model. With the help of native retailing through platforms, a seller is able to reach potential customers wherever
they are and wherever they interact with a book.
Traditionally, bookstores use standard email blasts to generate brand awareness and get readers interested in their stores. This tactic has been largely
successful, but due to improved email spam analytics and more tech-savvy users, standard marketing campaigns often fall short of expectations. Luckily,
free email marketing is still a viable option for bookstores and has the potential to completely revamp your store’s marketing strategy – all with
a little help from IngramSendr.
I saw my 7-year-old grandson, Grant, flipping through the 2004 edition. He asked me when I wrote it. I explained that I had finished writing it three
years before he was born. He wanted to know what has happened since.The fact is things have gotten much worse.
The dynamic duo of Newbery Medal Winner Alexander (The Crossover) and talented illustrator Miyares (Pardon Me!) have joined forces to
give little readers a wild ride. Bro and Dude have very different ideas about how to spend the day at the beach. But as Bro continues to gasp and cheer
as he reads his book (Moby Dick), Dude can't help but get curious. Before you can shout “Surf's up!” both frogs are sharing the same adventure,
that is, until they get to the beach.
This month’s video is brought you by the Spring Arbor Wire: Bibles and Devotionals Edition. Melissa and Gail discuss upcoming Christian titles that examine
the book of Psalms and helpful ways to use your bible and devotionals to start your day. Watch as they review The Songs of Jesus by Timothy Keller and Kathy Keller, ESV Journaling Bible from
Crossway Good News Books, Jesus Calling Morning and Evening by Sarah Young, and the KJVER Sword Study Bible from Witaker House.