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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. 

Spark-ing Conversations at Nashville Public Library

By: Emily Waltenbaugh, Public Information Officer, Nashville Public Library & Ryan Darrow, Special Collections Librarian, Nashville Public Library

The Special Collections division at Nashville Public Library (NPL) tells the story of Nashville. The mission of NPL Special Collections is to explore Nashville’s past, inspire conversation, and anticipate stories to come. A large part of that mission is the collection and preservation of oral histories, as with NPL’s Veterans History Project (VHP). NPL hired an author to transcribe and compile many of these histories collected from World War II veterans in 2003, to put them into context and to provide perspective. NPL Special Collections wanted a bound version of this inspiring collection, and IngramSpark provided the ideal platform. NPL Special Collections librarian Ryan Darrow discussed the experience with Ingram and the various ways NPL supports its writing community.  

Book Trailer: What Makes Us Unique

When it comes to explaining physical, cultural and religious differences to children, it can be difficult to know where to begin. What Makes Us Unique? provides an accessible introduction to the concept of diversity, teaching children how to respect and celebrate people’s differences and that ultimately, we are all much more alike than we are different. Additional questions at the back of the book allow for further discussion. 

Libraries and the Places We Call Home

Joyce Skokut, Director, Collection Development, Ingram Library Services

Life sure can take some interesting turns. A casual mention by a proud mom spurred a whole series of events, including the writing of this article. I am responsible for Collection Development, aka Content Curation, at Ingram Library Services. Last week one of my team members (and proud mom), Rita Allison, happened to mention to me that her son, Brian Allison, has his second book coming out this fall, Murder & Mayhem in Nashville. That casual mention came on the heels of a few related events.  

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. 

Library Spotlight: Livingston Parish Library

We reached out to Jennifer Seneca, Assistant Director, Livingston Parish Library to find out what makes their library program so unique and successful.  

Ingram Wire Current Events

This month’s video is brought to you by the Ingram Wire. Pat and Gail discuss books on current events they’ve enjoyed and are looking forward to: The New Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins, Unbroken Brain by Maia Szalavitz, The Games: A Global History of the Olympics by David Goldblatt, and The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward. 

Recap: Digital Learning Materials & University Presses

The demand for enhanced, interactive digital learning materials from the realm of higher education—students, teachers, and admins—is gaining more momentum every day. In our most recent #Built4UP (formerly #BuildUP) Twitter chat, Andy Cagle and Paget Hetherington from VitalSource discussed how their wide range of services can help university presses capitalize on the transition to digital course materials to achieve greater levels of success and sustainability.