The NCIBA in Pictures
THE BEAR IS BACK!
Now is the time for bookstores to order quantities of CBD tote bags and t-shirts; you can access the order form here (45K PDF). Like last year, this is a win-win — CBD merchandise will serve as an important marketing and publicity tool for the celebration, help fund CBD, and contribute to each bookstore’s bottom line.
For anyone wishing just to order individual bags or shirts, go to the online shop.
Eat Read Give Book Catalog Ready for Viewing, Posting
This year’s catalog, which is being distributed through bookstores and newspapers throughout the region, is available as a pdf (16.1MB PDF) for anyone wishing to post it, send it to customers, or peruse it themselves. There are more than 100 featured titles, and the cover design is one of the most striking our designer has come up with. Use it to sell more books, OK?
Attendees, Exhibitors Say Discovery Show Delivers
If you had to choose one word to best sum up the mood of this year’s “inaugural” Discovery Show, it would probably be “energized.” Not surprisingly, given how well our stores are doing collectively, booksellers and sales reps were almost relentlessly upbeat throughout the two days. And although overall attendance was comparable to last year, the education sessions were among the best-attended in years, and all three author meal events were filled to capacity.
Especially popular were the three Rep Picks sessions — so much so that we ran out of the printed lists of featured books at each presentation. For those interested, here are copies of each: large houses (66K PDF), small presses (70K PDF), and kids (45K PDF).
During both days on the show floor, exhibitors highlighted Discover Me titles and booksellers jotted down their favorite finds on Discover Me forms that they turned in for a chance to win a goodie bag of books. Although bookseller participation wasn’t what it could have been, those who did participate in this first year chose a wide range of titles from publishers large and small. Although no one book rose up as the favorite, a few did receive multiple mentions - including Wolf in White Van from FSG/Macmillan; What To Bake and How To Bake It from Phaidon; Twelve Recipes from William Morrow; and three from Chronicle Books - Bar Tartine, Ultimate Construction Site Book, and Star Wars Costumes.
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:
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