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Everything You Need To Know About the

NAIBA Fall Conference

Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 

Hotel Reservations:

Your badges and tickets will be available for pick-up at NAIBA’s registration desk in the Grand Ballroom foyer on the main level. The hours of registration are:

Tuesday, Oct. 15, Noon – 7:00pm

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 7:30am – 7:00pm

Thursday, Oct. 17, 7:30am – 1:00pm



Don't forget to pick up our trivia sheet - you could win a hotel stay for 2020's Fall Conference!!


The NAIBA Board members are wearing ribbons so you can identify them. Please, stop and introduce yourself.  They want to meet you and talk shop with you.  Being part of this community and forming these personal relationships will serve you well over the years.


Some things you should know:

                The publishers have stacks of books, but the rule is to ask before taking. Some things are for their display purposes.

                At the registration desk, we have a display of the titles featured in the holiday catalog. Come check them out. ALL NAIBA member bookstores who register for the Fall Conference by Sept 1 also receive a $50 rebate for imprinting their holiday catalogs.

                Split up! Don’t sit with your colleagues at the food events or educational sessions. This way you all meet more colleagues and hear more ideas and meet more authors.

                Bring your press kits to hand out to the reps at the show.


NEW to the CONFERENCE? Bookstores who have never attended get a free ticket package and a $100 hotel rebate. Purchase your full conference package here then check in with NAIBA staff at the conference registration desk. Following the conference, submit your hotel bill to Rebates will be processed after the conference.


NAIBA has priced tickets at a 25% discount off the actual hotel cost to us. Don't forget to buy a tickets.

From noon to 6pm on Tuesday, we have a special treat - coffee and refreshments will be served in a Skoolie, parked in Ballroom entrance driveway, courtesy of Storey Publishing. Enjoy a cup of joe and a snack while you take a peak inside a school bus converted into an RV and imagine life on the road.

Tuesday Afternoon Events: We have a few more seats in these retreats: Store Manager, Children’s Bookselling, Frontline Bookselling, or Event Management. If you want sign-up for them and didn’t, email me.

Special Meals: If you didn’t do so during the registration process, and need special meals (vegetarian, gluten free) please let us know right away. You will need to come by the registration desk to pick up a meal card to show waiters at the event(s).  The menu is online so you can see what we are offering.

Roundtables: I am very excited about this and hope you get so much information your head spins. Instead of panel sessions as our education on Thursday morning, we will host five 35-minute roundtable sessions. There are many topics to choose from, and some are repeated. Look over the schedule carefully. Be sure you and your team split up to cover as many topics as possible. The moderators are there to facilitate the conversation and share their ideas, but the roundtables are designed as give-and-take, with questions, ideas and how-to’s flowing among the attendees. Sit at a table where you can share your expertise on a topic. You are also free to stay at a table topic for multiple sessions if you’d like.

Hotel:  Parking Is FREE! Take the time to drop off books in your car during breaks in programming throughout the conference. That way you don’t waste precious time at check-out on Thursday, possibly missing some valuable roundtable discussions.

Author Trivia: Booksellers, when you get to the conference, pick up the trivia contest sheet and start reading up on the featured authors. Answer the questions on the sheet and hand them in at registration before Thursday at 2pm. The person who gets the most correct answers in our trivia game will win two free hotel room nights at next year’s conference for their bookstore. In the event of a tie, the winner is chosen randomly.

New to the Conference? If this is the first time your store is attending the NAIBA Fall Conference, you are entitled to a rebate of $100 towards your hotel stay and a refund of one full ticket package. Send your hotel bill to NAIBA after the conference for the rebate.

Some quick tips on making the event more productive:

1. Plan, if possible, to attend everything. You never know who you will meet or what great idea you’ll hear in the most unlikely places. If you hesitated about buying meal tickets, remember that all the other booksellers will be in that room, and, since you have to eat anyway you might as well join the party!

2. Place some orders. Publishers mark a successful show on how many booksellers they met, new accounts, and orders placed. There are some good show specials, so take advantage of them at the show and afterwards.

3. Go to the author reception and talk with the authors about their books. You might discover something that could sell at your store or meet an author who might want to visit your store.

4. Visit the holiday catalog display table near the NAIBA registration desk. It's a great way to see what the books look like so you can make sure you have enough at your shop. If you aren't doing the catalog this year, you can begin thinking about it for next year.

5. Talk with the reps at the publisher tables. Introduce them to your store and see how you can partner best with each one. Is there a book of local interest or by a local author that you could feature? What are they excited about? Is there a review copy you could take? Begin building relationships with the publishers - they are our partners in this business.

(PS – ask, don’t just take books.)

6. There will be a table at each meal event designated “new owner” for those store owners with five or less years’ experience. A NAIBA board member will host each table, and it will give you a chance to ask questions about anything.

7. Wear comfortable, casual clothing. It's not fancy.

8. Consider all the questions and concerns you have about store operations and bookselling before you leave. Use your time at the Fall Conference to find those answers at roundtables, meal events, and on the exhibit floor. Open up discussions, ask your questions, consider new ways of doing business.

9. After the show, decompress and share what you learned with your fellow store staff. Assign people to work on implementing ideas you heard. Write up reviews and begin taking preorders for the books you discovered at the conference. Place orders and follow up with the sales reps you met at the show.

10. Have fun!