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Abe Ogden, September/October 2020
Publishing on a Mission, Part II: How to Get Started »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020 by Abe Ogden, Co-owner & Lead Strategiest, Paper Door — How an association can bring books to the market effectively and successfully, regardless of resources. Article Synopsis: Read Part 1 here. Assess if the best approach for your organization is acting as a publisher on your own or partnering with an existing …

September/October 2020, Deb Vanasse
Book Distribution Evolution »

PUBLISHED SEMPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — The book distribution model for independent publishers is again changing for those seeking flexibility and discoverability. Article Synopsis: Successful hybrid publishing involves emulating traditional publishers in every respect while also keeping authors front and center. Incorporating distribution into an existing publishing model is a …

Alexa Schlosser, May/June 2020
IBPA Roundtable: How Has the COVID-19 Global Crisis Affected Publishing? »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2020 Compiled by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — Four publishing experts discuss how the global crisis has affected every aspect within the industry. Robin Cutler, Director, IngramSpark As many of you have read in online posts and media reports, Ingram, as one of the world’s largest book wholesalers, is still …

Deb Vanasse, September/October 2019
Making the Switch: Book Distributors »

PUBLISHED SEPT/OCT 2019 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — Knowing what to expect from distribution and what to expect when making the switch improves both the experience and the bottom line. Even as the market consolidates, options for independent publishers are within reach. What Do Distributors Do? As it applies to publishing, this …

Deb Vanasse, July/August 2019
Publishing and the Planet »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2019 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — Increasingly, consumers recognize the climate threats posed by shrinking forests and ecologically destructive practices. By making environmentally friendly choices, publishers can help mitigate these problems while also building goodwill and protecting their supply chain. After all, print publishing depends on trees, so it only …

Angela Bole, March/April 2019
Director’s Desk: Understanding IBPA’s Position on Controlled Digital Lending (CDL) »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2019 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association — Why we signed an appeal against the new software system that takes advantage of authors. On Feb. 13, 2019, IBPA joined 37 other book industry associations on an open appeal to readers and librarians from the victims of Controlled Digital Lending (CDL). View …

Connie Harbison, January/February 2019
Updates to the BISAC Subject Headings »

PUBLISHED JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 by Connie Harbison, Director of Quality Assurance at Baker & Taylor and Chairman of the BISAC Subject Comittee — The 2018 edition brings 210 new headings, 90 literal changes, one reactivation, and eight inactivations. Near the end of every year, while many are looking forward to cooler weather and changing leaves, the …

Shannon Okey, September/October 2018
Distribution Is About Finding Your Tribe »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 by Shannon Okey, Founder, Cooperative Press — In this article, the founder of Cooperative Press shows you how to get your book in front of the right people. Distribution has probably been the most frequently mentioned problem raised by members during my last four years on the IBPA Board of Directors. Finding …

Deb Vanasse, September/October 2018
Ready for Distribution? »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — For many indie publishers, full-service distribution is attractive. But to benefit from it, you need a growing platform, a commitment to marketing, and sufficient cash flow. “If only we had better distribution.” Among new and emerging publishers, it’s a common lament. Without full-service distribution, …

Ian Lamont, May/June 2018
Board Member’s Memo: How to Use Amazon Advantage to Sell Books »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2018 by Ian Lamont, Founder, i30 Media — Can Amazon Advantage give you a competitive advantage? IBPA Board Member Ian Lamont walks you through the pros and cons. Last year, I wrote an article for IBPA Independent about Amazon Marketing Services. It got a huge response—people were clearly interested in learning more about this …

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