Bookselling Notes: SEBA Name Change; WhyBuy.com?
The Southeast Booksellers Association show doesn't start until Friday, but it's already making news: while not official yet, the association is changing its name to Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and will be known as SIBA, which can be pronounced much like SEBA. (Although with some Southern accents, all bets are off.)
In part, the change recognizes the dissolution of the Mid-South Booksellers Association during the winter. SEBA/SIBA will be the first regional booksellers association that no longer calls itself an association.
In the category of where's there smoke, maybe there's just smoke, we thank Walt Shiel, publisher of Slipdown Mountain Publications, for pointing out to us that Buy.com's policy of offering 10% off Amazon prices, mentioned in yesterday's Shelf Awareness, isn't the most straightforward deal.
While Buy.com said all in-stock titles are discounted 10% from Amazon, his company's in-stock titles at Buy.com are not priced that low. In cases like that, customers have to discover the error and request a rebate. As Buy.com's FAQ put it: "If you find an in-stock book that is more than 90% of Amazon's price for the same book, please click here to email us via our webform. Please be sure to include the URL to the Amazon sku AND your existing order number in which you already purchased the identical book from Buy.com." In addition, there is a five-book maximum per order.
Shiel compared the approach with "mail-in rebate
programs--they're betting that few people will bother to request the
a dollar or two. But it makes good press."
The Los Angeles Times checks out Nancy Pearl, the author of Book Lust and More Book Lust and former Seattle librarian and notes that the action figure featuring her has sold a heavenly 100,000 copies, not as many as copies of her books or the Jesus Christ action figure, but more than Da Vinci, Einstein, Freud or Houdini. A deluxe Nancy Pearl action figure edition, including book cart, desk and computer, has just been released.
aid the victims of
Hurricane Katrina, the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Association
matching the first $2,000 of member donations to the
Bookseller Relief Fund and first $2,000 of member donations to the Red
can be made at the association's trade show Sept. 22-25 in
Yes, more on the transition to ISBN-13: the Book Industry Study Group has developed an online "readiness directory," in which publishers, wholesalers, retailers and others in the book world indicate how far along they are in making the transition as well as learn where their trading partners are. To join, companies fill out an online survey devised by BISG's ISBN-13 Task Force. Find out more by making a transition to BISG's Web site.