Beth Golay

300 Seconds: No #backwardsbooks, please.

300 Seconds: No #backwardsbooks, please.

The #backwardsbooks design trend on Twitter and Instagram might be dividing the internet, but I’m fairly sure I can guess on which side of the debate most booksellers would side.

You know how much thought goes into cover design–and by extension–spine design.They’re meant to attract and intrigue. Covers and spines are meant to be seen. 

Take 300 seconds today and look around your store. Do you see colorful covers and spines? Or do you see stacks of white pages on shelf and table tops? To make full use of the design, rotate those stacks of books so the spines are visible to those approaching the display.

Do you have extra room on your shelves? Fill that space by turning a few books face-out.

These covers and spines are designed to sell. Let’s make sure they can be seen.

Quick & Dirty: Store Hours

Quick & Dirty: Store Hours

This photo of Kramerbooks and Afterwords Cafe in Washington, D.C., taken by Associated Press photographer Pablo Martinez Monsivais, accomplished what it set out to do. Alert the customer that books were sold out. But then my second thought was, “Holy cow. They’re open until 3:00 a.m.?”

I’m pretty sure I’ve asked this Quick & Dirty question before: What are your hours? And since analytics show that you like browsing image galleries, I’d also love to see a photo of how your hours are posted. You can reply with hours/images by clicking here, or it’s really easy to text it to 316-208-3438.


Video: The Digger and the Flower

Each day, the big trucks go to work. They scoop and hoist and push. But when Digger discovers something growing in the rubble, he sets in motion a series of events that will change him, and the city, forever.

The Digger and the Flower is a new book with a powerful message about the environment from Joseph Kuefler, the author/artist of Beyond the Pond and Rulers of the Playground. This video would be good to share with your story time audience, or teachers of younger classrooms.

Kuefler has an impressive website at and is active on Twitter @josephkuefler.

Postage Rates to Increase

Last year, the Postal Regulatory Commission approved a proposal by the United States Postal Service to increase rates. On Sunday, January 21, 2018, be prepared for these changes:

  • First Class Mail Letters (1 oz.) rates will increase from $0.49 to $0.50. Each additional ounce will cost $0.21.
  • The discounted “Metered Mail” category for First Class Mail Letters (1 oz.), which includes online postage providers and postage meters, will increase from $0.46 to $0.47. Each additional ounce will cost $0.21.
  • First Class Mail Flats (1 oz.) will increase from $0.98 to $1.00. Each additional ounce will cost $0.21.
  • Postcard rates will increase one cent to $0.35.
  • Priority Mail Express, Priority Mail, First Class Package Service, and Media Mail will all see an average rate increase of 3.9%. Media Mail rates will start at $2.66 (previously $2.63) and Library Mail will start at $2.53 (previously $2.50).

If you need to make any changes to the shipping component of your eCommerce site, you should plan on performing an update on Saturday evening, January 20. And if you’re a Forever® Stamp kind of epistolarian, you have about a week to stock up.

Nominations for IndieNext Spring 2018 Kids’ List Due

Don’t forget that nominations for the IndieNext Spring 2018 Kids’ List are due today. According to the ABA website, titles nominated for the Spring Kids’ List should be published between February 1 and April 30.

Booksellers at ABA member stores can nominate one of three ways:

  • Use this form to submit up to six nominations for the IndieNext List.
  • Email nominations to
  • Booksellers can also submit through Edelweiss or NetGalley.

Detailed instructions can be found here.