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The Library World Decoded by a “Newbie” »

(BLOG POST) Roy M Carlisle recently attended his first American Library Association (ALA) national convention in Chicago as a library science student and scholarly book publisher. Surprisingly, he finds out that being a book editor for 36 years did not prepare him for the astonishingly complex and diverse world of libraries in the U.S. Everyone …

IBPA President Kichler Announces Retirement »

(PRESS RELEASE) The Independent Book Publishers Association’s president, Florrie Binford Kichler, will retire June 30, 2013 after 10 years of service to IBPA as a board member, board chair, and the past five years as the organization’s president. Kichler stepped in as the president of IBPA upon the passing of IBPA’s long-time leader, Jan Nathan, …

Welcome to the NEW IBPA Website! »

  After literally months of hard work  (those of you who have ever been through a website redesign know what I’m talking about), thrills and angst in equal proportions (well, maybe just a SHADE more angst), and a few delays (and those of you who have been through a similar project ALSO know what I …

Amazon’s Kindle Lending Library–What Does it Mean For Publishers? IBPA Wants to Know What You Think »

There’s been quite a ruckus in the book publishing world lately. has recently announced its long-anticipated foray into lending e-books.

Help for Libraries: Overdue, but Not Too Late »

After 30 years on the line, Dan was let go by the factory. In a technology-driven economy, he had no computer skills, no job prospects, and no money for training.

They helped him find a job.

A class of 4-year-olds from low-income backgrounds took part in a program that combined literature with technology-based learning experiences—and fun.

They helped them find a future

Who are “they,” and why should we care?

Are Publishers Irrelevant? The Great Debate at IBPA Publishing University »

First introduced at the 2011 London Book Fair, the “Great Debate” will make its North American debut at the 27th Annual IBPA Publishing University!

IBPA Publishing University Stuff Members (and others) May Not Know (but Need To) »

What You Know: IBPA Publishing University is just around the corner
What You May Not Know: IBPA offers Publishing University scholarships every year through our affiliates and also as an at-large benefit of membership. This year 20 winners will attend IBPA Publishing University free of charge. Next year, one of them could be you!

IBPA Publishing University: A Contrarian View »

by Florrie Binford Kichler 2011 marks the year of the leaner, meaner, Pub U—in a new location in the heart of BEA with the white hot spotlight focused relentlessly on what independent publishers need to know—and DO–right now to position their companies for success in a digital future. Visit for details of the more …

Stand Up and Be Counted–Indie Sales Dollars Matter »

Call to Action for All Independent Publishers by Florrie Kichler, President, IBPA As a reminder, if you are a publisher with ISBN’s registered to your company, by now you should have received an email from the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) asking you to contribute your annual sales data to the current BookStats project. The …

No-Cost Webinar previews newest IBPA service from Bowker »

by Florrie Binford Kichler IBPA is partnering with Bowker to bring a new no-cost service to our members. Bowker’s Manuscript Submission Service is a new online tool providing you with an efficient channel for reviewing unsolicited manuscripts. There is no cost for publishers, and for IBPA members only Bowker has waived the requirement for a …

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