If you are a bookstore employee, you may contact the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation for assistance

If you are a bookstore employee, you may contact the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation for assistance with immediate needs when evacuating your home. After the emergency has passed the Foundation may also be able to help with  needed repairs to make your home habitable and/or loss of income due to your bookstore’s’ storm related closure.

The Binc Foundation may be contacted by phone – 866-733-9064 or email – info@bincfoundation.org
 Also, we ask that you share the following information with your stores.

We encourage all people living in the area to keep apprised of the situation by monitoring the following sites.

o   http://newsroom.redcross.org/

o   http://www.noaa.gov

o   http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Recognizing an impending hazard and knowing what to do to protect yourself and your family will help you take effective steps to prepare beforehand and aid recovery after the event.  Some of the things you can do to prepare are to assemble a supply kit and develop a family emergency plan. We encourage everyone living in the designated area to heed all mandatory evacuation orders to remain safe.

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An Open Letter to Booksellers from Robert Hicks

An Open Letter to My Fellow Booksellers,motherofrain_card

Okay, first of all, I know I don’t own a bookstore and so I guess most of you won’t count me among your ranks. I don’t spend my days keeping the door open, the lights on, making payroll, or stocking books and then hooking them up with my customers. But—that understood—in the end we’re both in the same business; selling books to readers.

So, with your permission, I am writing as one of you on behalf of Karen Spears Zacharias’ debut novel Mother of Rain (Sept 2013) being published by Mercer University Press. Of course, I could have simply written a blurb, but as I made my way through the manuscript, it seemed this historical novel deserved more than a blurb.

As a Southerner and a Tennessean, I am always happy to see a book about my people come up through the ranks. In her opening notes, Karen wants to be sure we know her voice is authentic as she chronicles her own heritage, long anchored in East Tennessee. I guess she does this because of having been replanted in the Northwest many years ago.

Truth is, the words of Mother of Rain speak far louder than any family pedigree ever will. Her story is authentic, through and through.  The folks that populate her world are as hard and rough as the mountainous terrain they struggle to survive.

Their lives are filled with the sadness and craziness that seems to be our lot in the rural South, coupled with a depth of love that gives meaning to their struggles. She has given us a beautiful book, brilliantly written—a book for generations to come.

I owe you booksellers a lot. Any success I’ve ever had is forever linked to the power of hand-selling a book. Hopefully, I will never miss an opportunity to thank you for that privilege. Likewise, because of you and your passion, I have been introduced to other books and storytellers I would never have known.

So, here I am, asking you to meet the folks Karen has given us in Mother of Rain.  I hope you love this book as much as I do—and, if you do—I hope you will pass it on to your readers.  She has done her part and done it beautifully. Now it’s up to us to get the word out.

Thank you again,

Robert Hicks

The Widow of the South

and A Separate Country


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An Open Letter to President Barack Obama

sibalogoPresident Obama,

I appeal to you on behalf of the South’s long-standing, home-grown businesses, particularly independent bookstores.

Many thousands of businesses have collected and dispersed sales tax and other taxes back to the government diligently and without any special consideration, some for 25, 50 or 100 years. These are our families and friends, folks who are here because it is their home, not because they need any incentive to work here, live here, or raise their families here, and they pay their full due on every level. They are not looking for any special breaks or considerations. They just want to be able to support their families and their friends. Seeing you side with the bully rather than exercise your power to fight the bully was quite disheartening.


Wanda Jewell, Executive Director
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
3806 Yale Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205
Fax: 309.410.0211

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Another Point of View – Thank You Richard Krawiec

Richard-KBack in the 1970s, when I roamed the aisles of bookstores in Boston and Cambridge, all bookstores were independent. I loved browsing shelves where classics, modern writers, and obscure authors published by equally obscure presses stood side by side, all presented as works of equal value.

Every bookstore seemed run by an odd man, sometimes stoop-shouldered, sometimes bearded, who got just as excited talking about literature as fans of college basketball do about the NCAA tournament.

As a young writer these bookstores were refuge and home, a place where the breadth of choices and the knowledge and enthusiasm of the people who worked there gave me hope for my own life as a writer. Readings were rare events, occurring once every few months, and they were always packed. Everyone who attended bought the author’s book in lieu of a ticket for the reading. If you didn’t like the book, no matter – you could trade it in at a used bookstore later. The important thing was to support the bookstore and the writer, whose successes appeared intertwined. We were all part of the same community, the same family.

Through the years I continued to support indie bookstores. I remember visiting Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh when they actually were in Quail Ridge, and had foot traffic of about 12 people a week. When they moved to bigger digs on Wade Avenue, I started their Angel Tree, even hand-delivered the books their customers purchased for children in housing projects in Southeast Raleigh.  It was a good program, serving the needs of both the bookstore community and the larger community.

As a published writer, and now publisher of Jacar Press, I have always supported indie stores. In turn, they have been generous to me and my authors in terms of hosting readings, ordering books. Although my experiences have been for the most part good, I can’t help but notice it hasn’t been the same for all indie authors and presses. The mutual community feel of writer-press-bookstore is changing. Increasingly, independent writers, especially younger ones, and independent presses, don’t feel a sense of loyalty towards independent bookstores. They don’t feel support is mutual. I think this is bad for everyone involved.

Writers and publishers need allies. They shouldn’t turn their backs on stores that have historically supported them. Bookstores, as their customer base ages, need to bring in new customers committed to them. Indie stores can’t afford to lose what has always been a solid core of customers. With the advent of chain stores, Amazon, ebooks, and the explosion of MFA grads and self-publishing options, all indies (bookstores, publishers, writers) need to find ways to strengthen their relationships.

The crux of the situation seems to be this – indie presses and writers often feel under-supported by their local indie bookstores. Bookstores in turn feel indie writers and presses don’t understand the realities of marketing, distribution and bookselling.

Jamie Fiocco at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill says indie stores need to be able to “get the books at a reasonable discount, reasonable shipping and reasonable returns policy. Best case scenario, get the book available at a regular discount and returnable at the wholesalers.”

Her comments are echoed by Tom Campbell of The Regulator in Durham, who pointed out, “Bookstores have cut back on their help and where this shows up most is in the office. It’s really time-consuming to write one check for $20 to this press, another for $30 to that press. It’s easier to write a $500 check to one distributor.” He says indie publishers should be listed in the American Booksellers Association’s on-line Book Buyer’s Handbook (also known as “The Red Book”). “This is the go-to place for independent booksellers to find out how to order books, terms of sale, etc.”

Which, say some indie publishers, is a major part of the problem. Most distributors still want publishers to print up press runs of 2,000 or more, and do offset printing, which is far more expensive than digital. Often distributors charge publishers up to $500 to set up an account, then monthly fees to maintain it. On top of that, they take 15-25% of sales, on top of the 40% bookstore discount. Which means the publisher might only receive 35% of the cover price for each book sold. Plus the publisher pays to ship the books to the stores, and when unsold copies are returned. The cost of having your books handled by a major distributor is prohibitive for many indie presses.   But without a relationship with a major distributor, small presses are required to have at least three titles currently in print and consistent discount and returns schedules for all independent bookstores in order to be eligible to be listed in the ABA “Red Book” database.

Kevin Morgan Watson, Publisher of Press 53, believes “Too many independent booksellers are looking at national sales databases to determine what they should carry, rather than getting more involved with what is also going on regionally and locally to round out their offerings. This would create more sales and a wider customer base. Marjorie Hudson’s story collection, Accidental Birds of the Carolinas, has sold 2,000 copies, over 400 of those at two stores in the Triangle [the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area of North Carolina]. Why aren’t other stores selling this book? Because they have convinced themselves there is no market for short stories and by doing so have lost those readers to Amazon and other online booksellers.”

Mention Amazon and you’re sure to draw the ire of every indie bookstore owner. Conversely, most indie presses and authors say a presence there is a necessity given the realities of the market. But indie bookstores feel publisher and author giveaways and 99-cent specials on Amazon undercut their ability to sell print copies of the same books. Indie presses see it differently. Since out most of these sales books aren’t even shelved by the bookstores, how can ebook sales be taking bookstore customers? Not all writers favor selling their books at a deep discount. Although the rationale for giveaways holds that these specials increase one’s audience base down the line, some indie writers believe the opposite. They refuse to participate in free or cheap giveaways, claiming it devalues writing, and creates an audience that expects to get books for free. Most writers would prefer to sell their books through local bookstores, but feel that is often difficult to do.

The single biggest complaint indie writers have about bookstore policies is that the increasingly popular bookstore model – where a writer brings their books to a reading, gives the bookstore 40% of all sales, then removes all unsold copies when they leave – benefits primarily the bookstore. “I wouldn’t mind,” said a writer whose work has been published by one of the larger indie presses, “If they kept even one or two copies on the shelf.”  Without the bookstores retaining even one copy, writers feel there is no reason to support the bookstore. It has ceased to become a partner. “Why should I sell at a bookstore if they’re not even keeping my book?” Why not read at a bar, art gallery, or coffee house and keep all the proceeds, rather than turn over 40% of sales?

Bookstores believe writers don’t understand that it costs to sponsor a reading – someone has to write the press releases, add the announcement to the web, set up the chairs, etc. They also feel writers over-estimate the market, and can’t keep books on the shelves that won’t sell. “We don’t have a magic core customer base,” says Campbell. “In the best of times poetry never sells well. Neither do most story collections by single authors.”

Now with so many books, particularly in poetry, flooding the market, sales, rather than increasing, are on the decline. Everyone wants to publish, but no one wants to buy. With the expansion of readings and open mics, the audiences for bookstore readings are diminishing. It’s up to the writer to help bring people into the store, bookstores feel. But just bringing in an audience isn’t enough.

Everyone agrees that there is a drastic increase in the number of writers who want to see their work in print. Ten years ago only 32,000 books were self-published. A year ago, over 1 million. And it’s not difficult to find a publisher willing to print up a writer’s book if the writer pre-sells 50-100 copies prior to printing. Bookstore owners feel this is a major part of the problem. They say publishers who require authors to pre-sell so many copies of their books before the books are even printed make their authors unattractive for store readings. If a writer pre-sells to their family and friends, who is left to buy the book at the bookstore? Every bookstore owner has a story about readings where they sold no books because everyone in the audience had already purchased copies. There is suspicion among booksellers about this publishing practice.

“There are ‘printers’ out there who are not publishers, and a lot of authors are duped into getting ‘published’ by these outfits. It’s okay to go this route, but the authors need to understand they will be taking a loss if they want to play wholesaler and resell their books to bookstores,” said Fiocco.

For publishers who require this it’s a Catch-22. Pre-sales are necessary to cover their costs. One of the reasons they cite is the difficulty of getting bookstores to carry, and make an effort to sell, their work. By pre-selling they can be sure not to lose money on a book, and in turn be able to publish more work by more writers. All of whom want to do readings.

The increased availability of reading venues may be a problem, too, since the sales are split over multiple venues, rather than being concentrated in the bookstores. In the Triangle area of North Carolina alone, there are probably 15-20 opportunities a month to hear a writer read – at bookstores, coffee houses, open mics, bars, art galleries. Almost all of the writers reading at these venues publish with independent presses, self-publish, or haven’t published a book yet. Difficulties occur for bookstores when writers read at alternative spots, selling books at restaurants and coffee houses, and also want to read at bookstores. “If someone is doing a reading at a coffee house, I won’t host them here,” Campbell said. Writers and presses point out, since the bookstores don’t carry their books, they have no choice but to find other places to read, and sell, their books.

While the open mic phenomenon has democratized the writing scene, especially for poetry, it hasn’t improved the situation for bookstores that need to sell books to survive. Increasingly, in order to draw crowds at bookstore readings, those readings have to have an open mic component. And increasingly, that audience does not purchase books.

To address this problem, many indie bookstores are starting to charge fees for reading events. Jill Hendrix from Fiction Addiction in South Carolina feels it’s necessary to charge a $75 fee to indie publishers or writers if they wish to hold an in-store event. That covers the upfront costs of newsletter, web posting, etc. These events usually draw an audience of 10-15, so, factoring the bookstore cut of sales, the authors don’t really make money, but they consider it good exposure.  And the store keeps those books on its shelf for 6 months.

“This is a business,” Hendrix said. Some people pay the fee, others aren’t interested.

But it doesn’t help that business to have book-buying writers feeling frustrated.

So what can be done about this? Here are my modest proposals. I offer these as a starting point, to encourage dialogue about this issue.

For Bookstores

1) Instead of separating out local or regional authors, mix them on the shelves with those from major publishing houses, so that people who browse the well-known names have the opportunity to come across local writers. 2) If someone lives in your state, keep at least 1 copy of their book on your shelves. 3) If you are going to charge a fee for a reading event, allow the writer to keep the proceeds from the first 6 books sold, so they get something back for their investment. 4) Make sure when you highlight books to include many indie published books too – remember, 2 years ago it was an indie press that published the Pulitzer Prize winning novel. There are many fine indie books that can be suggested as holiday gift books, or excellent reading choices. Don’t just be led to read what the major publishers suggest are their best books. Highlight local and Indie authors, too. 5) Be aware of the serious distribution problems facing indie presses, and try to work with them on that. One solution proposed by more than one bookstore owner is for several small presses to band together to produce events and distribute books. www.WritersDeliver.com, a writer-based co-operative distribution service, is attempting to do just that. It offer bookstores the opportunity to order from 10 presses, 20 authors in one simple online form, and will arrange a readings for bookstores. Order from it. 6) Remember, if you are claiming it is better to purchase from an indie bookstore, you have to be about more than just business. 7) Ask indie presses and writers who wish to have a reading to take on the burden of preparing press releases, newspaper listings, social media listings, etc. – all that upfront work you have to do. Make that part of your agreement for hosting a reading.

For Indie Presses and Writers

1) Band together to create joint-distribution groups. 2)Write up press releases, handle social media marketing, for proposed readings. 3) If indie bookstores do carry a title you published, don’t undercut them by offering that particular book on ebook discount in their market area. 4) Don’t pre-sell your book. Or if you must, ask your friends and family to reserve a copy at an indie bookstore. Or better yet, you, the writer, can collect these reservations and turn them over to the bookstore, encouraging them to order a couple extra copies for their shelves. Then negotiate with your publisher to accept these reservations as part of your pre-sell package. The publisher will actually make more money from that. 5) Don’t do free giveaways or 99 cent sales on Amazon. Unless you’re writing genre fiction, they don’t work. It is never a good model to give away 4,000 free books to sell 10.  People will only be expecting your next book to be free. 6) Don’t book so many readings in the same area that it becomes oversaturated. Honor the indie bookstore sales area if you wish to read at that store. 7) Hone your pitch to bookstores. Publishers can offer a one or two line explanation of why each of their books will appeal to readers, who the audience might be for each publication, so bookstores have a starting point for selling. 8) Give up Starbucks for 1 week every 4 months and use that money to buy books at readings instead of coffee. You can’t sit in a restaurant for 2 hours without buying something. Treat bookstores the same way. That would go a long way towards alleviating the concerns of presses, writers and bookstores.

One last piece of advice to indie bookstores – rethink Kobo. Ebooks are not going to increase your sales of print books. And like it or not, most users, and techies, consider Kobo an inferior product to Kindle. Rather than remind people there are cheaper ways to get books, ways that exclude bookstores, focus on what Indie bookstores always offered in the past, when they were more than just a business – a wide range of literature, enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff, a mission to support writers and the wider community. The old cliché, charity starts at home, can be recast to “Indies support Indies.”


Richard Krawiec is Publisher of Jacar Press. His poetry collection, She Hands me the Razor(Press 53) was a SIBA nominee in 2012.

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Iconic bookstore owner closing downtown Newnan shop after 36 years

Iconic bookstore owner closing downtown Newnan shop after 36 years Photo by Sarah Fay Campbell  Earlene Scott talks about her years in the bookselling business.

Earlene Scott has always loved books.

She is such a voracious reader that by the mid 1970s, she had already read all the books that interested her at Newnan’s Carnegie Library and had to start purchasing new reading material.

At the time, bookstores were few and far between. In fact, the closest one wasn’t really a bookstore at all — it was the book section at Rich’s in downtown Atlanta.

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Why should kids have all the fun?

Announcing Camp Square Books, May 21 – 24, 2013

Why should kids have all the fun? “Camp Square Books” will kick off in late spring when four notable authors appear in the Oxford, Mississippi bookstore on four consecutive days, beginning Tuesday, May 21, with Bill Cheng and his remarkable first novel, Southern Cross the Dog, which is drawing early comparisons to the works of Cormac McCarthy and Flannery O’Connor as an epic literary debut.

Square Books staff members have organized additional events throughout the four day period featuring Oxford writers and educators to create an itinerary of local literary sightseeing, picnics, lectures, hikes, a bus trip to Taylor Grocery and Billy Ray’s Farm, and ample opportunities for participants to rest, read, and regroup at a local bar where they will meet fellow booklovers and, what else, a few writers. Those who register for Camp Square Books will be able to attend all activities, receive signed copies of all four books, and have reserved seating at all events.

Wednesday, May 22, three-time National Book Award Finalist and the bestselling author of 12 critically acclaimed novels, Gail Godwin, will take center stage. Described by John Irving “as a present-day George Eliot,” (and by Richard Howorth as “every bit Peter Taylor’s peer”), Godwin will read from her splendid new novel, Flora – an evening not to be missed. That morning there will be a talk on Southern women writers, and at dinner there will be a chance to hear from Godwin’s editor, Nancy Miller.

Thursday, laugh-out-loud storyteller, banjo-picker and raconteur Clyde Edgerton will present his new book of nonfiction, Papadaddy’s Book for New Fathers, in which he shares his wisdom gained from three decades of fatherhood with other dads, young and old alike. Finally, a Civil War historian will talk Friday morning at the L. Q. C. Lamar House preceding the brown bag lunch appearance of Jeff Shaara, who will conclude activities with his novel about the siege of Vicksburg, Chain of Thunder.

For registration and further information, email camp@squarebooks.com or go to www.squarebooks.com.

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Higher education scholarships to available to bookstore employees.

Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation to offer up to $100,000 in higher education scholarships to Bookstore employees

Ann Arbor, MI (February 18th, 2013) – The Binc Foundation is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications from February 18th, 2013 through April 18th, 2013 for the Binc Foundation Scholarship program.  The program will offer up to 35 higher education awards totaling $100,000 to eligible bookstore employees, bookstore owners, former Borders employees and dependents of bookstore employees, owners and former Borders employees.

Since 2001, the Foundation has supported the educational goals of almost 500 recipients with over 1.1 million dollars in awards.  Now in the twelfth year, the focus on making a positive impact in the lives of bookstore employees and their families extends to all current employees and owners of retail bookstores in the U.S., or their dependents who have a minimum of one year of continuous employment at the bookstore.  The bookstore must have a bricks and mortar presence in the U.S. and have a substantial portion of the store’s revenue coming from the sale of books.  Eligible employees must be employed directly by the bookstore.

The 2013 program will be conducted by Scholarship Management Services (SMS).  The evaluation process will utilize selection criteria including financial need, prior academic success, leadership capabilities, participation in school and community activities, work experience and a statement of career aspiration.  If you are interested in applying we encourage you to apply at https://www.scholarshipamerica.org/binc/.

About Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that coordinates charitable programs to strengthen the bookselling community. Established in 1996, as the Borders Group Foundation the core program provides assistance to bookstore employees who have a demonstrated financial need arising from severe hardship and/or emergency circumstances. Since its inception, the organization has provided over $5 million in charitable assistance.


In 2011, when Borders and Waldenbooks stores closed, the Foundation reinvented itself and expanded its mission. The Foundation increased the reach from former Borders employees and their families to all employees in the book industry, starting with book retailers.

Support for the Foundation’s programs and services come primarily from booksellers. Additional information can be found at www.bincfoundation.org.

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Since 1983, the Women’s National Book Association has awarded one of the most prestigious honors in children’s bookselling.  Given annually at BookExpo America’s Children’s Book and Author Breakfast, the WNBA Pannell Award recognizes bookstores that enhance their communities by bringing exceptional creativity to foster a love of reading in their young patrons.

Every year a panel of publishing professionals selects two winners of the award—one a general bookstore and one a children’s specialty bookstore.  The store nominations come from customers, sales reps,  store personnel, or anyone who has been impressed with the work of a particular independent bookstore.  This year’s nominees are:

General Bookstore                                          Children’s Specialty Store

Avid Book Shop, Athens, GA                   Books and Cookies, Santa Monica, CA

Byrd’s Books, Bethel, CT                          4 Kids Books & Toys, Zionsville, IN

Nicola’s Books, Ann Arbor, MI                  Hooray for Books, Alexandria, VA

Newtonville Books, Newtonville, MA        The Bookbug, Kalamazoo, MI

Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA     The Voracious Reader, Larchmont, NY

Main Street Books, Davidson, NC            Children’s Book World, Los Angeles, CA

Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena, CA

Park Road Books, Charlotte, NC

The nominated store puts together an electronic submission with a description of activities, goals, or any contribution to the local community that involves young people and books. Photos, media coverage, letters from customers, or anything else that transmits the degree of contribution can be included in the submission. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2013.

The Pannell Award jurors for 2013 are:

Cheryl Willis Hudson, vice president and editorial director of Just Us Books

Andrew Karre, editorial director of Carolrhoda, an imprint of the Lerner Publishing Group

Lisa von Drasek, curator of Children’s Literature Research Collections, Univ. of Minnesota

Emma D. Dryden, children’s editorial and publishing consultant, Dryden Books

Kelli Chipponeri, executive editor/children’s, Chronicle Books

The jurors will make their decision by late April, and a phone call will notify the winners, as well as all stores sending submissions. Each of the two winners will receive a $1,000 check and a framed signed original piece of art by a children’s illustrator.  The presentation of the award will be in New York at the BEA/ABA Children’s Book and Author Breakfast, which draws more than 1,000 attendees.

—————————————————————————————————————————————–                                                           Along with WNBA, Penguin Young Readers Group co-sponsors the award.  Founded in 1917, WNBA is a national organization of women and men who promote the value to the written word by championing the role of women in the book community and by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and information relating to the written word.



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An awesome membership offer from the ABA

Dear Bookseller,

As a member of SIBA, we would like to extend to you a special offer to join ABA for $50 for your first year. Founded in 1900, the ABA is a not-for-profit trade organization devoted to meeting the needs of its members through education, business products and services, marketing and advocacy.

Now more than ever, whether a new or used bookstore, it is important for indie bookstores to be part of a larger network.  And while the economy is still difficult, and the industry ever-changing, we are confident that indies have a profitable future ahead.

ABA membership includes:

  • Education and networking, where you can expand your knowledge of the industry through web-based curriculum guides as well as programs like the annual Winter Institute;
  • The Book Buyers Handbook, a fully-searchable database directory of up-to-date information on publisher’s contact information, current promotions and special offers;
  • IndieBound D.I.Y, with over 100 design files that can be used for in-store and online marketing, all inspired by local first and independent business advocacy;
  • Online Bookseller forums, where you can communicate with other indies all over the country and post questions and comments;

For a full list of ABA membership benefits, please visit this page.

According to SIBA executive director Wanda Jewell, this is an offer that no bookseller should pass up: “The American Booksellers Association offers SIBA members so many programs & opportunities from the robust IndieCommerce website solution and ebook partnership with Kobo to the invaluable ABACUS Survey and a bounty of marketing resources not to mention the extensive advocacy that the ABA offers to the industry as a whole. This is the best deal around. Join today for only $50 and check it out.”

This offer expires on May 15, 2013, so join today using the promo code regional13.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.


Nathan Halter
Member Relationship Manager
American Booksellers Association

We’ve moved. Please note our new address, phone and fax:

333 Westchester Avenue, Suite S202
White Plains, NY 10604
direct:  914.406.7514
fax: 914.417.4013

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mockingbirdHere is the library bound bestseller list for January and comments from Richard Buthod of Turtleback Books.  The more stores and organizations that use this, the more forceful the reminder to schools and libraries that bookstores are part of their success.

Shock of shocks! We have a new number one! Once again one or two huge sales of a title can skew rankings when we are dealing with orders destined for large school systems. Mockingbirds, Gatsby’s, and Shakespeare’s will never go away.

This month we see a return to predictable school titles. The picture books that remain strong are similarly predictable. As you go farther down the list you will find steady sellers for the last fifty years (Mouse Tales, Bread and Jam for Frances, Angus and the Ducks) sprinkled throughout. A mild surprise for me are fairly contemporary titles, hardly classics, that have enduring demand (Into Thin Air, Ender’s Game, Stephen King titles). New titles in current popular series are also strong for us. I am also seeing slippage in 50 Shades of Gray, a phenomenon we knew would end, just not when. It is far from dead, but watch out.



Word-For-Word English-Spanish Harper Collins, Eds. 9780606071444 $17.20

To Kill A Mockingbird Lee, Harper 9780881030525 $18.40

The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald, F. Scott 9781417656639 $26.95

Everyone Poops Gomi, Taro 9780613685726 $18.40

The Pillars Of The Earth Follett, Ken 9781417671687 $18.40

The Story Of Ferdinand Leaf, Munro 9780613301442 $13.55

Atlas Shrugged Rand, Ayn 9780613357661 $20.85

The Catcher In The Rye Salinger, J. D. 9780808514039 $17.20

Ender’s Game Card, Orson Scott 9780613824224 $16.00

Big Nate Makes The Grade Peirce, Lincoln 9780606263085 $20.85

Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Holland, Jennifer 9780606235037 $25.70

The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Wood, Audrey 9780833598813 $18.40

Romeo And Juliet Shakespeare, William 9781417663989 $16.00

House Of Leaves Danielewski, Mark Z. 9781417709045 $34.25

From Dawn To Decadence Barzun, Jacques 9780613708500 $37.90

Starship Troopers Heinlein, Robert A. 9780785787280 $20.85

To Say Nothing Of The Dog, Or, Willis, Connie 9780613152426 $18.40

Fifty Shades Of Grey James, E. L. 9780606259095 $28.10

Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book Of Animals Emberley, Ed 9781417734023 $17.20

Spanish-English Dictionary

Stories From The Animal Kingdom

Strawberry, And The Big Hungry Bear

How We Found The Bishop’s

Bird Stump At Last

This library-bound best seller list is compiled by Turtleback Books from sales within the month of December to independent and chain retailers, wholesalers, internet sites, and commission rep groups serving schools and libraries. For our catalog of 8,000 library-bound titles, visit Turtleback.com.

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