If you own or manage a bookstore in California, we urge you to join NCIBA. The Association is a remarkable resource for learning from other booksellers and for staying on top of the industry at large while maintaining a particular focus on aspects most crucial to independent bookselling Northern California.
Membership in the NCIBA includes membership in the Northern California Children's Booksellers Alliance(NCCBA), which hosts four meetings a year, and is integral to all programs and events we plan.
Our bi-weekly newsletter delivers dates and information essential to staying on top of issues and events essential to booksellers.
NCIBA hosts two regular events aimed at gathering booksellers together to share ideas and best practices - the Spring Gathering and the Fall Discovery Show.
Connect with authors and publishers at the Discovery Show and Spring Gathering. Get to know them and their books. Invite them to your store. We also facilitate the acquisition of signed stock for your store as authors are out on tour via signings and receptions at our office. Signed stock can be picked up or shipped to you.
Our Holiday Catalog & Campaign -published in time for the holidays, but designed for use all year- is a full-color, distribution-ready new book showcase designed specifically with California booksellers in mind. Extra channels of advertising have been added, including extra newspaper promotions, social media, and radio have been added, all designed to drive customers into your stores. As in years past, it will continue to be produced, printed, and shipped directly to our member stores and their distribution outlets at no charge. Make it your own by adding your store imprint. Expand your reach by inserting it into local newspapers. The catalog is a proven method to introduce stores to new customers and to give those customers a reason to visit your stores and buy books.
New in 2018, our Summer Catalog & Campaign covers the entire state of California with the same extended advertising punch of the Holiday Catalog and Campaign - printed catalogs, newspaper insertions, plus extra print, radio, tv and social media reach.
Additionally, NCIBA offers our members an online and print version Rep Handbook with detailed information about the sales reps covering our territory, an annual Book Awards promotion, a weekly Bestseller List and Hut's Place, and The NCIBA News - our weekly e-newsletter.
Membership info can be found here.
Holiday Catalog & Campaign
Summer Catalog & Campaign
Independent Bookstore Day
American Booksellers Association
Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc)
American Independent Business Alliance