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 josephkuefler.com 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 indienextlist@bookweb.org.
  • Booksellers can also submit through Edelweiss or NetGalley.

Detailed instructions can be found here.


2018 Binc Foundation Scholarship Program

The Binc Foundation announced today that it will be accepting applications from January 14, 2018 until March 5, 2018 for the 2018 Binc Foundation Scholarship Program. The program will offer up to 27 higher education awards totaling $109,000 to eligible current bookstore employees/owners and their dependents as well as eligible former Borders Group employees and their dependents. As part of the scholarship program, awards may be used for tuition, fees, books, supplies, and room and board.

Awards will be given as follows:

  • Twenty-Four awards of $3,500 each.
  • Two awards of $10,000 each to the top two candidates overall. At least one (1) of the $10,000 awards will be granted to an Industry affiliated applicant.
  • One Karl Pohrt Tribute Award of $5,000 will be awarded to a independent bookseller who has overcome learning adversity or is a non-traditional student.

For more information or to apply, visit the Binc Foundation website here.

Q&D Results: Complimentary Bookmarks

Last Friday I asked a Quick & Dirty survey question: Do you give away complimentary bookmarks to customers?

97% responded YES

3% responded NO

Here are some of the comments:

  • We do give away complimentary bookmarks–store specific. We also got a box of the free bookmarks from libro.fm with our store info on them and we give those out as well. 
  • Yes, we have always had complimentary bookmarks. We have our store logo on them and a book or reading related quote by some well known person. They have been quite popular and some people have a collection of them. We have six different quotes each time we print. Most of unique but some favorites have been used more than once over our 10 1/2 years.
  • Bookmarks: yes, with new ones monthly that list our events and any programs we want to promote that month. They’re just printed on colored paper or cardstock, depending on how fancy we feel.
  • Yes we do give out bookmarks with purchase.
  • I give a bookmark with each purchase. Usually I use the ABA ready-made designs and send them to a printer, with my hours & store info printed on the back. Right now I have basically a lifetime supply from Hummingbird Ebooks.
  • I do give away bookmarks.  I print them up myself – designed in Publisher – on cardstock. They’ve got my logo and all my contact info, including social media.
  • Yes, and on the reverse we have favorite quotes and change them up periodically. Many customers like to have a complete set.
  • Yes, we give away free bookmarks with our store hours.

And here’s a gallery of some of the bookmarks you submitted…