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NAIBA Fall Conference

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NAIBA Conference Schedule  (Download the 2018 Fall (Solutions) Conference Program)

Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill New Jersey

Tuesday, Oct.15

12:00-7:00 Registration

2:00 – 6:00pm  Owner’s Retreat  (ticketed event)

2:00 – 6:00pm  Store Manager’s Retreat  (ticketed event)

2:00 – 6:00pm  Events Manager’s Retreat  (ticketed event)

2:00 – 6:00pm  Frontline Handseller Retreat  (ticketed event)

2:00 – 6:00pm  Kids Everything Retreat  (ticketed event)

2:00 – 7:00pm  Exhibitor Set-up 

7:30 – 9:30pm  Preview Supper (ticketed event $65)


Laura Zigman, Separation Anxiety (HarperCollins)

Tom O'Donnell, Homerooms and Hall Passes (HarperCollins)

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10pm Indies Forward reception

Wednesday, Oct. 16

7:30am – 7:00pm Registration

8am – 12noon  Exhibit set up in Grand Ballroom.

8:00 – 9:15am  Author Breakfast (ticketed event $40) 


Kaela Noel, Coo (HarperCollins)

Raina TelgemeierGuts (Scholastic)

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9:00am - 6:00pm  IndieCommerce One-on-One appointments

IndieCommerce™ is the American Booksellers Association’s e-commerce platform for independent bookstores. The system provides the tools for indie bookstores to create unique, content-rich, and easy-to-operate, fully transactional, e-commerce enabled websites. IndieCommerce stores can sell print books, ebooks, and audiobooks as well most other retail products. The entire system is supported by ABA’s experienced development and customer support team. IndieLite™ is specifically designed for booksellers who want a website that requires very little time and effort to maintain. This service offers booksellers the essential tools they will need to have a web presence for their store.

An IndieCommerce specialist will be available to talk to both users and non-users of IndieCommerce and IndieLite and you can reserve your spot for the meeting. Walk-ins are welcome too.

9:30 – 10:30am Educational Session TBA

10:45am – 12:15pm Editors Buzz 

          Five adult and five children’s editors will share their favorite books from Winter & Spring 2019

12:30 – 2:00pm Reps Pick of the List lunch (ticketed event $45)

2:00 – 7:00pm  Exhibits        

7:30 – 9:30pm  Awards Banquet (ticketed event $65)

Special Guests and Award Winners:

Books of the Year awards will be announced and presented

9:30– 11:30pm Independent Press Author Reception sponsored by Ingram (open event)



9:30 – 11:00pm  Wine-Down Author Reception sponsored by Ingram (open event)



Thursday, Oct 17

8am – 11am Exhibitor final move-out

8:00 – 9:15am  NAIBA Annual Meeting & Author Breakfast (ticketed event $52)



9:30am - 12:45pm Roundtable Discussions - Five 35-minute roundtable sessions

NAIBA has moved away from panel sessions to roundtables to give you a personalized education experience. Below are the topics currently being discussed. Some will be offered more than once. A detailed time schedule will be provided before the conference so you can plan your morning.  If you'd like to moderate  a roundtable,(which is really easy to do) email NAIBA. Email us if there is a topic you'd like to discuss.


Pop-up stores

Teacher Nights

HR Question



Writing/Designing Newsletters


Staff Picks: Best Practices (adult)

Staff Picks: Best Practices (children’s)

In-store Book Fairs (Beginners)

In-store Book Fairs (Experienced)

In-school Book Fairs (Beginners)

Courting Genre Customers

Membership Programs

Creating a Welcoming Store

Booking & Promoting Events

Ticketed Events


Social Media (Beginners)

Social Media (Experienced)

Buying for Margins 2x


Independent Bookstore Day & Small Business Saturday Idea Exchange

Edelweiss for Staff

Edelweiss for Buyers & Events

Diversity in Children’s Literature helping booksellers navigate the resistance or unconscious bias that can surface when promoting diverse children’s literature

Literary magazines: why & how to stock them

Influencer Marketing

Creating Community Author -Events

1:00-2:30pm  Movable Feast  sponsored by HarperCollins (ticketed event $52)

Nine wonderful authors will be on hand to chat with you over lunch and maybe book appearances in your store.



Sara Hosey, Iphigenia Murphy (Blackstone)

Jeffrey Colvin, Africaville (Amistad/Harper)

Megan Angelo, (HarperCollins)

Deborah Heiligman, Torpedo (Macmillan)

Anne Gardiner Perkins, Yale Needs Women (Sourcebooks)

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