2012 AUTHORS FEAST
& TRADE SHOWon
THE QUEEN MARY
Long Beach, CA
Saturday, October 20
Details Available Now
holiday gifts you can read
2011 Holiday Catalog. Art provided by Marla Frazee & Simon & Schuster
Unbelievably, it is already time to begin making plans for this year's SCIBA Holiday Catalog.
Publishers, for this year's incentives, rate sheet and contract click here.
Announcements & Deadlines
SCIBA Now Accepting 2012
Book Award Nominations:
Nominations due to SCIBA by July 15. Click Here for details regarding categories & guidelines.
Glenn Goldman Booksellers Scholarship Applications Available Now! Consider applying for the 2012 Glenn Goldman Booksellers Scholarships so that you may attend the Authors Feast & Trade Show or ABA's WInter Institute 8 (to be held in Kansas City). Applications are due September 1. Get the details and download an application here.
SCIBA Membership Due Now! Download membership forms now to join or renew your membership.
2012 SCIBA Calendar
2012 SCIBA Children's Books & Literacy Dinner: Saturday, February 25 - Westin Pasadena
SCIBA Spring Meeting / ABA Forum & Education: Tuesday, March 27 - Hilton Long Beach Hotel
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books: Saturday, April 21 & Sunday, April 22.
World Book Night: Monday, April 23
LitFest Pasadena: Saturday, May 12
SCIBA Summer Social & Reps Picks: Sunday, June 24 - Mysterious Galaxy Redondo Beach
Children's Reps Picks & Summer Social: July 22- Mrs. Nelson's Toy & Book Shop
Comic-Con International: July 12 -15, San Diego Convention Center
Children's Books & Literacy Brunch: Sunday, September 16: San Diego
Authors Feast & Trade Show: Saturday, October 20, The Queen Mary, Long Beach
Other Industry Dates:
2012 BEA, NYC: June 5 -7
|2012 Sponsors |
as of 4/10
|Farrar, Straus & Giroux Books for Young Readers|
Little Brown Books
for Young Readers
Sterling Children's Books
|Some of SCIBA's |
Happy April, everyone! Spring has sprung, the clocks have changed, and it's time to fling open the doors of our bookstores and welcome in the cool breezes and the sunshine-seeking shoppers.
It's also time to reflect on what we learned and shared at the SCIBA Spring Meeting, held in Long Beach on March 27. There was a lot of great programming, but I wanted to take a moment to talk specifically about the half hour we spent discussing our stores--what's been working, what's concerning us, and what we'd like the SCIBA to focus on this year. The board will be discussing all the responses at our next meeting in early May, but to recap for those of you who weren't there:
- What's been working for our stores has been a combination of increased social media presence, partnering with local businesses, revamping store programs (loyalty, events, etc.), and, crucially, keeping that personal "indie" touch in everything we do, from our stores to our websites, social media, and newsletters.
- Our stores expressed concerns about customer e-reader awareness (such as alternatives to the Kindle), landlords, Amazon (of course), and educating authors about how they can help the indies who work so hard to sell their books.
- And some of what you want the SCIBA to do for you this year is already front-and-center on our agenda: sales tax fairness, more opportunities for booksellers to network (enter our summer socials; more info to come!), and creating a Southern California media list. What we heard loud and clear, though, was that the SCIBA website needs to be reworked, with better searchability and a greatly increased user-friendliness.
We hear you! We'll be discussing all of this and more in May, and will let you know as things develop. If you have any additional comments, don't hesitate to contact me.
Mary Williams, SCIBA President
Reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|ABA Has Met with the Department of Justice |
on the issue of ebook agency model
As reported in Bookselling This week: "... it would be naive to stay on the sidelines at such a critical juncture. To convey just how important the agency model is for the health of the book industry and a truly competitive marketplace, ABA met with DOJ in Washington, D.C., on Monday, March 19. At that meeting, ABA President Becky Anderson, Vice President Steve Bercu, association General Counsel Deanne Ottaviano, and Oren Teicher expressed to Department of Justice representatives ABA's strong support for agency model pricing of e-books.
We made very clear to DOJ that we believe the agency model has corrected a distortion in the market fostered by major online retailers, which sought to eliminate competition both on the publishing level and at the distribution level.
As we understand it, the investigation is not questioning the legality of the agency model, but, rather, whether it was arrived at in an illegal manner. The critical point we made to DOJ was that any attempts on the government's part to remedy any alleged wrongdoing must not end the agency model, which has created a more competitive marketplace."
SCIBA, along with our colleagues at regional associations across the country, has sent a version of the letter below to their congressional leaders, expressing concern over the Department of Justice's investigation. (Special thanks to Hut Landon, NCIBA, who crafted this letter.) SCIBA has sent our letter to Senators Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein as well as Pasadena congressman Adam Schiff.
We encourage all our booksellers to send a similar letter to their congressional leaders to shed light on this issue.
|Sample Letter to Congressional Leaders|
Dear Senator (name),
I am very concerned that the Department Of Justice's invest-igation into supposed price fixing with regard to e-books is ignoring the real story and the actual ramifications of a decision in favor of Amazon.com.
The story linked below, from Amazon's hometown newspaper, paints a vivid portrait of a company intent on abusing the book business to lure new customers into the fold.
Whether it is demanding exclusive discounts from suppliers, selling books at a loss, or practicing sales tax avoidance with a vengeance, Amazon continues to prove itself a truly awful corporate citizen.
And now, it seeks to sway the DOJ to do what Amazon was unable to -- bully publishers to change the agency price model and allow Amazon to destroy the e-book market with predatory pricing. The notion that Amazon selling e-books at below-cost prices is good for consumers is nonsense. The company wants to use e-books as a loss leader to attract new business and to kill off competition. That will, of course, lead to fewer choices for consumers and, eventually, higher prices.
I hope you will keep the DOJ on your radar and view its efforts through perhaps a different filter. This is a power grab orchestrated by Amazon, and the Seattle Times article shows why that should be troubling.
Your store's name
|In Memory of Glenn Goldman|
a message from Glenn's family
Dear Friends, Family and Members of the Bookselling Community-
It's hard to believe that three years have passed since Glenn lost his life to pancreatic cancer. Many of you reading this had known Glenn for decades through Book Soup, his book store in West Hollywood. OUR HOUSE, a non-profit grief support center in the Los Angeles area, has played a very important role in our lives over the last few years. Kids, teens, and adults come to OUR HOUSE and are supported through their grief process by tremendously caring individuals.
This year, we are participating in A Run for Hope, a day that OUR HOUSE organizes for individuals and families to run in memory of someone close to them who has died (now in its 18th year). We are running to honor the memory of Glenn, his amazing accomplishments, and the many lives he touched, while also raising funds for this important and special organization.
Please support OUR HOUSE by sponsoring us and making a contribution to our fundraising page- you can visit the following link:
Andrea, Sam and Joe Goldman
|SCIBA Call for Authors|
SCIBA Seeks Stellar Authors for Bookseller Events
Summer Social & Reps Picks
- 50+ Booksellers
- Sunday, June 24 @ 4PM
- Mysterious Galaxy Redondo Beach
- 5 Authors Needed! (Joseph Kanon already attending!)
- Deadline for Nominations - May 1
Children's Reps Picks & Summer Social
- 50+ Booksellers, Teachers & Librarians
- Sunday, July 22 @ 3PM
- Mrs. Nelson's Toy & Book Shop
- 6 Authors Needed!
- Deadline for Nominations - May 15
Children's Books & Literacy Brunch
- 125+ Booksellers, Teachers & Librarians
- Sunday, September 16 @ 10:30 AM
- San Diego venue to be determined
- 3 Authors - speakers
- 1 Author Emcee
- 10 Additional Authors for Book Signing
- Deadline for Nominations - June 15
Authors Feast & Trade Show
- 250+ Booksellers
- Saturday, October 20
- The Queen Mary, Long Beach
- 1 Author for Keynote at Authors Feast Dinner
- 35 Authors for Moveable Feast & Book Signing
- 4 Authors for Authors Lunch
- Deadline for Nominations - June 15
For your author / authors to participate contact Jennifer Bigelow.
Need more details? Read On
|As always, if you have any questions, need additional information please contact SCIBA at email@example.com.|
See you at the LA Times Festival of Books!
Southern California Independent Booksellers Association