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2105 EAT READ GIVE Catalog Titles Ready for Viewing - Order Your Catalog Copies Now!
Bookstores can now order their free copies of this year’s EAT READ GIVE Catalog by filling out this form (106KB PDF) or emailing us directly. The catalog has proven to be a hugely effective sales and marketing tool for our stores, especially those that imprint the front and back cover and include a personal letter to their customers on page 2.
This year’s title list is also impressive, and includes well over 100 titles covering a wide range of subjects and tastes. All major wholesalers have received the list and have committed to stocking the books, so even if all titles are not in your store, they are easily available if customers request them.
Independent Bookstore Day is a National Hit!
If bookseller feedback is any indication (hint - you bet it is), Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) is a keeper. As California stores did last year, independent bookstores across the country experienced significant sales increases over the year prior, and everyone seemed to have a good time. At least two dozen stores emailed NCIBA that they had exceeded their prior year’s first-Saturday-in-May sales within three hours of opening, and the “we surpassed” messages kept coming all day long. And while sales of special items produced exclusively for IBD were mixed, it didn’t make much of a dent in booksellers’ overall enthusiasm, and a post-event survey found that 98% of this year’s participants would sign up for 2016.
In our state, first responders reported sales largely comparable to last year. Those that were down were also quick to note that sales far exceeded a usual Saturday - one bookseller said that they had not reached last year’s 100% gain but that sales on CBD were still 80% above normal. And some stores actually exceeded the sales from CBD 2014, including Danville’s Rakestraw Books that saw a 41% gain - wow.
Additionally, IBD generated extraordinary electronic, print, and social media attention across the country, from national press to local hometown newspapers. An online conversation the week prior even led to Bookstore Day trending on Twitter. And of course, indie bookstores touted the celebration in their newsletters and on their websites, both of which drove customers to their stores on the big day.
Hut’s Place Selling Books for Bookstores
The goal of the weekly Hut’s Place column is to alert book lovers to new arrivals (both hardcover and paperback) and bestselling books in independent bookstores and motivate them to buy more. Recent feedback seems to indicate it’s working:
“Please add me to your mailing list for Hut’s Place; your newsletter fills a real need. Ever since the Washington Post discontinued its Book World, I’ve been missing regular reading recommendations. And Hut’s Place looks lively, interesting and the brevity is helpful as well.”
“Your column has helped me discover books that I have subsequently purchased at my local independent bookstore. Some books I've given as gifts and some are for myself. I just picked up The Rosie Project today. I’ve shared the column with many people and will send along to some others. You are providing a great service to book lovers.”
“I love your column. It sends me scrambling down to my local independent book store, Book Passage, to buy yet more books. It also has me passing your recommendations to my several book groups. Thank you.”
“Hut’s Place is a hit with me. I love the format and I trust your recommendations and always buy Indie if I can.”
“Since joining the mailing list for Hut’s Place, I’ve purchased a number of great books based on Hut’s recommendations; in fact I go to the site every time I need a new book.”
“Just wanted to send a shout out to Hut for giving me good ideas every week in my quest for good books... now that, as a former librarian, I no longer have the luxury of being in the know when it comes to books.”
Read the latest edition of Hut’s Place here. If you want to forward to customers and encourage them to subscribe, make sure to remind them that the books they read about are available at your store.
Sign Up Now to Attend the 2015 NCIBA Discovery Show!
Great Events, 50+ Authors, Exhibitors New and Old, and Booksellers Wherever You Look. This is gonna be a good one! Don’t delay - sign up today. Here’s the Attendee Packet and Schedule of Events (602KB PDF).
NCIBA Fall Discovery Show
October 15-16, South SF Conference Center
Taking BART? Need A Lyft?
We’re encouraging attendees to once again take BART to the show, and we’re working with Lyft and our friends at the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) to make it easy and inexpensive. Here’s the deal - you take BART to the San Bruno station, then contact a Lyft driver to take you to the South San Francisco Conference Center - about a 3-4 minute drive and a $7-$8 cost. When you arrive, come to Registration, show us your Lyft receipt, and we’ll give you $15 in cash for the cost of the trip plus the ride back to BART out of a fund provided by Binc.
Lyft will let their drivers in the area know our schedule and has provided NCIBA with information about how to sign up for the service (below). If you choose to use another ride share service (including a taxi), the $15 offer still applies.
If you need to download the Lyft app or update to the latest version, please visit the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play Store (Android). If you’re new to Lyft, you will need to add your personal credit card to the app. You can request one of three Lyft modes:
- Line: Opt to be matched with other Lyft users requesting a ride going the same way and receive a discounted ride
- Lyft: Classic ride, which can hold up to 4 people
- Plus: Larger vehicle can hold up to 6 people; will be priced higher than a regular Lyft
Alemeddine, Solnit, Barnett Among NCIBA Book of the Year Award Winners
Here are the 2015 NCIBA Book of the Year winners, as voted on by booksellers from NCIBA member stores. Winning books were chosen in 8 categories, including three featuring children’s titles, and a full color poster featuring the victors was distributed to stores.
The finalists in each category are listed below, with winners highlighted in red:
An Unnecessary Woman Rabih Alemeddine Grove
Mercy Snow Tiffany Baker Grand Central Abroad Katie Crouch Sarah Crichton Books/FSG
California Eden Lepucki Little Brown
Kinder Than Solitude Yiyun Li Random House
Island of a Thousand Mirrors Nayomi Munaweera St. Martin’s
Blackboard: A Personal History of the Classroom Lewis Buzbee Graywolf
Gone Feral: Tracking My Dad Through the Wild Novella Carpenter Penguin Press
A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention Matt Richtel Morrow
Becoming Richard Pryor Scott Saul Harper
Distant Neighbors: The Selected Letters of Wendell Berry and Gary Snyder Gary Snyder & Wendell Berry Counterpoint
Men Explain Things To Me Rebecca Solnit Haymarket
San Francisco’s Jewel City: The Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915 Laura Ackley Heyday
San Francisco, Portrait of a City: 1940-1960 Fred Lyon Grand Central
Meanwhile, in San Francisco: The City in Its Own Words Wendy MacNaughton Chronicle
The Days of Anna Madrigal Armistead Maupin HarperTorch
The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature Ben Tarnoff Penguin
Carleton Watkins: The Stanford Albums Connie Wolf (introduction) Stanford Univ. Press
Bar Tartine: Techniques & Recipes Cortney Burns and Nicolaus Bella Chronicle
Flour + Water: Pasta Thomas McNaughton Ten Speed
French Roots Jean-Pierre Moulle and Denise Lurton Moulle Ten Speed
Twelve Recipes Cal Peternell William Morrow
Blue Chair Cooks with Jam & Marmalade Rachel Saunders Andrews McMeel
Della Fattoria Bread Kathleen Weber Artisan
Peace Gillian Conoley Omnidawn
The Poetry Deal Diane Di Prima City Lights
Morning in Serra Mattu Arif Gamal McSweeney’s
Tree Line Judy Halebsky Western Michigan Univ. Press
A Walk Among the Bogus Owen Hill Lavender Ink
Beyond the Chainlink Rusty Morrison Ahsahta Press
CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOKS
President Taft is Stuck in the Bath Mac Barnett Candlewick
If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur Colin Jack (illustrator) Tundra
Goodnight Already Jory John HarperCollins
Shoe Dog Megan McDonald & Katherine Tillotson Atheneum
Over There Steve Pilcher Disney
MIDDLE GRADE READERS
A Hitch at the Fairmont Jim Averback Atheneum
Nest Esther Ehrlich Wendy Lamb Books
The Fourteenth Goldfish Jennifer Holm Random House Books for Young Readers
The Nethergrim Matthew Jobin Philomel
The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth Ian Lendler First Second
Fleabrain Loves Franny Joanne Rocklin Amulet/Abrams
BZRK Apocalypse Michael Grant Egmont
Messenger of Fear Michael Grant Harper
Illusive Emily Lloyd-Jones Little Brown Books for Young Readers
I’ll Give You the Sun Jandy Nelson Dial
King Dork Approximately Frank Portman Delacorte
NCIBA Webmaster Co-Authors Book
Our long-time webmaster Jay Cornell has co-authored (with R.U. Sirius) Transcendence: The Disinformation Encyclopedia of Transhumanism and the Singularity, now available from Red Wheel/Weiser. It’s an entertaining and informative look at the international movement that advocates the use of science and technology to overcome the “natural” limitations experienced by humanity. Visit the book website to watch the book trailer and learn more.