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New Voices, New Rooms: NAIBA and SIBA Partner for a 2020 Virtual Show

The New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA) and the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) are coming together to produce a combined virtual conference and tradeshow. In a nod to Truman Capote, the acclaimed writer with roots in both territories, this year’s theme is New Voices, New Rooms. Booksellers, publishers, authors, and other industry partners will gather in intimate and larger virtual rooms offering creative, customizable programming not possible at in-person shows.

New Voices, New Rooms will feature a fresh format spanning five days, crafted with care to answer the community’s call for shared spaces, networking, discovery of new titles and bookselling best practices, and plain old fun! Mark your calendars to join us September 21-25.

Registration for this virtual event will open in late June.  The conference itself will take place over Sept. 21 - 25, with events and programming each day.

A new format means new opportunities!

Eileen Dengler, executive director of NAIBA, and Linda-Marie Barrett, executive director of SIBA, are brainstorming new and creative ideas for programming and want to hear from booksellers and publishers. Everyone is welcome to share their desires, expectations, and possible challenges with a virtual show format. Feedback and ideas can be submitted here.

Upcoming Rep Pick of the Lists

Register here for these weekly (Friday at 11am) pick of the lists. Next best thing to seeing a rep in person.

Sourcebooks, Friday, August 7

Penguin Random House Kids, Friday, August 14

Independent Publishers Caucus, Friday, August 21

Blackstone Publishing, Friday, August 28

Missed a Rep Pick of the List / Editors Buzz?  Links below for the title collections

(If zoom asks for a passcode to view a recording, use NAIBA2020*)

HarperCollins (Edelweiss collection)

WW Norton (recording) (Edelweiss collection)

Simon & Schuster Adult Editors selections (Edelweiss collection)

Simon & Schuster Children's Editors selections (Edelweiss collection) (recording)

Hachette (Edelweiss collection) (recording)

Macmillan (recording) (Edelweiss collection)

Chronicle Books (recording) (Edelweiss collection)

Indie Presses: Full recording;  Barefoot Books (Edelweiss collection)  Blue Dot Kids (Edelweiss Collection)  ECW Press (Edelweiss collection)  Encantos (Edelweiss collection)


Welcome to NAIBA!

We're 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 dues check is one I never mind writing. Thanks for all you do to help us build our business."

Marlene England, Curious Iguana 

Fall Conference

NAIBA's annual Fall gathering will be a virtual event in 2020. We will still present publishers specials and exciting titles, education, networking, author events, and awards ceremonies. But this year it will be over a few more days and will all take place online. If it is deemed safe, we will also host very local gatherings throughout the region. We will share more information as we develop this new version of the NAIBA Fall Conference. 


Holiday Catalog

NAIBA has a 16-page, full color catalog that NAIBA members can order FREE of charge. Exceptional regional and national titles are showcased with appealing descriptions and full color jacket covers. Have them available for your customers in your store, place in other retail outlets, mail to customers, insert in newspapers, etc. An online e-commerce version is available as well. These catalogs are guaranteed to generate new sales. Now, more than ever, take advantage of the print catalog to insert into all your ship-to-home orders, and the new saturation mailing options.


Publisher Advocate

Sales are lost if you don’t know early on what titles are receiving publishers’ support, and it can be overwhelming reviewing catalogs without a reps’ input. NAIBA has a solution. Publisher Advocates are sales reps who have volunteered to provide marked-up Edelweiss catalogs to accounts who don’t work with a rep.

Sign up now to be part of a program that demonstrates our industry’s efforts to ensure the success of everyone.  


Publisher Promotions

NAIBA compiles all the publishers specials in one spreadsheet and emails the excel file to book buyers on Monday morning. Don’t lose track of promotions - sign up to be on this email distribution list.


Book Buddies & NAIBAhood Network

A group of seasoned booksellers have volunteered their time to share their expertise in various store operations. They can offer advice and assistance to NAIBA members whenever you need it.  These “Book Buddies” can work with you on the phone and are amenable to an in-store visit.


Publicity Speed Dating & Press Kits Online

Every year, mid-winter, NAIBA hosts a full day of publicity speed-dating, allowing up to 30 bookstores the chance to have 20 quick meetings with publicists to plan out future events. To support the success of our Publicity Speed Dating, NAIBA is the clearinghouse for our members’ publicity kits, which are posted online. NAIBA promotes this service to publishers constantly, so be sure to have your store’s information posted.  Email us your publicity kit; if you need assistance with content, NAIBA’s website ( has a list of important information required by publicity departments.



NAIBA works closely with ABA on the e-fairness legislative issue, keeping you informed on your state’s legislative agenda and providing the materials and templates to send to your elected officials. NAIBA also is your voice with publishers on business practices.