Retailer Blog

Turning Inventory into Profit

As a bookseller, your inventory is your lifeblood. In the average bookstore, it also represents the majority of your total financial investment! 


Improve Retail Sales With Gift and Games

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.
 


Retail Holiday Cheer

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This holiday season rely on Ingram to stock your shelves with what customers want most. From books to sidelines we have you covered coast to coast. A huge inventory delivered with speed, we help you face the holiday stampede.  


Online Marketing Tips to Increase Store Awareness

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! 


Increase Traffic By Building An In-Store Experience

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. 


The Da Vinci Code Author Dan Brown Discusses New Book

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.
 


Celebrate Banned Books Week

 

Building Communities: The Bookstore and The Public Space

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!
 


Meet Graphic Novelist Katie O’Neill

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.  


Leveraging Author Signings for Indie Bookstores

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: 


Tuesday's with ipage

Learn how we can help you expand your sales potential with Ingram's industry leading orders and account management platform. Register now for the latest ipage tutorials discussing newly expanded search features and order functionalities. Don't miss out on the opportunity to learn first-hand from our team of skilled ipage experts.  


Indie Spotlight: Chapter2Books

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. 


Indie Spotlight: JudyBug's Books

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. 


Indie Spotlight: The Neverending Bookshop

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.  


Tuesdays with ipage® Webinar Series

Learn how the latest ipage® enhancements streamline your entire ordering process and help guarantee bigger returns from your inventory. These sessions will feature useful ipage tutorials, with special attention given to newly expanded search & order functionalities that ensure you're always ordering the titles readers want. 


Bookstore Perks: Booklove 2.0

This year, indie bookstores have taken maximum advantage of several programs and services from Ingram Content Group designed to set booksellers up for success at any time of year and help them make the most of the holiday buying season. Ingram’s Booklove 2.0 and its new consolidated ordering are just two of many year-round programs that indie booksellers have found beneficial. 


Tuesdays with ipage® Webinar Series

Beginning February 7, you’ll have the opportunity to learn first-hand from our team of ipage experts.  


Strong Is the New Beautiful Excerpt

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.  


The Girl Before: The Excerpt

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. 


Dream a World Anew: The Excerpt

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. 


How Authors Can Partner with Indie Bookstores

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.  


Kindred, a Graphic Novel Excerpt

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. 


Author Q&A: Helen Simonson

This month we are honored to have bestselling fiction author, Helen Simonson with us. Her latest title, Summer Before the War, published in March of this year. 


Why Independent Bookstores Are Parents’ Best Friend

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!”  


Born to Win Excerpt

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. 


Q&A with Binc’s Pamela French

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.  


Novel Ideas for Indie Bookstores

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 Have a Passion for Brick and Mortar Stores

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. 


Author Q&A: Victoria Thompson

This month we welcome Victoria Thompson, author of the acclaimed Gaslight Mystery Series. Her latest Sarah Brant adventure is Murder in Morningside Heights (Gaslight Mysteries #19). Her twentieth novel in this series, Murder in the Bowery is due out in May 2017.  


Smart is the New Cheap

The rise of the big online retailers looked like lights out for independent bookstores. After all, how could your local bookseller compete with their low prices and endless inventory?  


Gayle Forman Q&A

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.  


E-Commerce Can Blend with Indies

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.  


Bookshop Day UK

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. 


Banned Books Week 2016

This will be a banner year for booksellers who place an early order through the Ingram Content Group’s Banned Books Week promotion, which began August 31. 


Books Can Take Readers to New Places

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. 


Spring Arbor Wire Children’s Books

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. 


4 Reasons Why Independent Bookstores Are Thriving

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. 


ODCs 102: Let the Experts Handle Your Shelf-Ready Logistics!

By: Gregory Pace, Manager Client Integration, Ingram Library Services

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.  


The Digital Economy Makes Way for Native Retail

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.  


What is Data?

The recent numbers for book sellers are in, and they’re looking good:

  1. Sales of print books are increasing. Sales of audio books, too, are on the rise.
  2. Media omnivores and avid book readers alike are purchasing more books than ever.
  3. Retail sales at bookstores are up, year over year, for the past several months.
 


How You Can Revolutionize Your Bookstore’s Email Marketing Strategy

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. 


Author Q&A: John Perkins

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. 


Fun for the Kids: Surf’s Up Excerpt

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. 


Spring Arbor Wire Bibles and Devotionals Edition: 2016 Must-Haves

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.