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Bookstore Visit Challenge 2015

The recent article by Mark LaFramboise detailing the Politics & Prose practice of staff visits to other bookstores prompted interest across the country, as well as an idea from Tim Hepp (our wonderful rep from S&S) that we are happy to put into place.

Between now and September 18, 2015, to encourage booksellers (owners and staff) to visit other bookstores and share that experience, NAIBA will award the winning store with two free guest-room nights at the Fall Conference hotel.

We will add to that any NAIBA events you attend between now and September 18th as well.  Being in the company of other booksellers is always a learning experience, and the NAIBA events are all about sharing ideas.  So those will count towards this challenge

Rules of Engagement:

  • The bookstore visit must involve discussion with staff/owners on operations of the bookstore. (No drive-by’s!)

  • Proof via a photo of the visit, along with a description of an idea shared or something you admire in that store, is required.  Send that to It will be posted on our website and newsletter.

  • Visit must be between March 7 and September 18, 2015 to count. (Don’t try slipping in last summer’s road trip.)

  • There are no geographic boundaries. If the store is in Hawaii, that counts. (Aloha!)

Point System:

Each visit by any staffer is one credit towards this challenge.  So if two staffers visit a store together, that is two credits.

Each store staffer attending a NAIBA event (beginning with the March Careers in Bookselling) counts as two points, as long as we are provided with a photo and a comment.

Happy Trails!!

** Be sure to let the store know you are coming!

Submit your photos and comments to NAIBA at

 "I must sound like a broken record, however I have to reiterate how important these events are to me. I walk away with at LEAST 1 good idea from every single event. It reconfirms what I am doing, and assures me I have fellow book store owners who genuinely care about me and what they do. I love feeling part of a 'family' and each event makes me a smarter, wiser and happy book seller!!!" - Donna Fell, Sparta Books, Sparta, NJ

 The All About Events Retreat was so informative and such a great experience. I am so thankful to you for coordinating these great opportunities. I can't wait to put what I learned into action! - Kate Saporito, [words] Bookstore, Maplewood, NJ

"It was great, fun and hugely helpful. It was a pleasure to meet the publicists and we are already in touch working on some events. Thanks again for setting this up. I’m sure, logistically, it was a challenge. We really appreciate your efforts." - Donna McFadden, Wellington Square Bookshop, Exton, PA

"The Speed Publicity event was very well run with lots a great contacts made. You did a fabulous job getting us prepared for the meetings.  Everything was so appreciated by us at Newtown Bookshop!" - Kathy Morrison, The Newtown Bookshop, Newtown, PA

"The Speed Dating event was fun, organized, productive and beneficial. You are superstars!!!" - Kenny Sarfin, Books & Greetings, Northvale, NJ 

Welcome to NAIBA, a regional trade association of locally-owned, independent booksellers, and the authors and publishers who enjoy working with them and promoting their books through the independent bookstore. We provide the community, education, awareness, and tools for independent bookstores to succeed. Our region covers New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC, northern Virginia and West Virginia.

To achieve these goals, NAIBA hosts an annual conference in the Fall to educate and enlighten booksellers and publishers; creates opportunities throughout the year for booksellers to visit with each other and exchange ideas and have problems solved; communicates weekly with our members on industry events, issues, and creative ideas.

"Our membership is worth every penny for all the great services provided to booksellers. Appreciate all your hard work."