IndieCommunication: Calculating Sales Tax, Education at Winter Institute, and More

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The December 21 IndieCommunication newsletter includes a sales tax calculation update, a list of Internet-related education at Wi13, news about Constant Contact’s newsletter signup form, and a tip of the week.

MailmanSales Tax Calculation Update

In January 2018, the IndieCommerce team will make changes to the sales tax calculation code for online sales with in-store pickup. To keep these sales tax calculations accurate, booksellers need to enter the expanded nine-digit ZIP Code for their store(s). Stores that don’t know their nine-digit ZIP Code can visit the USPS website.

Once you have the number, go to: Store > Configuration > Store, then select the “store address” tab. Change the ZIP Code and save.

Questions about this change can be sent to

Teacher and studentJoin Us for the 2018 IndieCommerce Institute in Memphis

The IndieCommerce team has a great program planned for January. For the first time, the IndieCommerce Institute will feature both a morning and an afternoon seminar, and booksellers can register for one or for both. Seminar topics and a link to the registration page can be found on BookWeb. Booksellers who have already registered for the 2018 IndieCommerce Institute should keep an eye out for a January 10 e-mail containing important information about their registration.

RobotSuggestions for Acquiring Internet-Related Knowledge at Wi13

Some truly wonderful experts will be sharing their insights and web wisdom this year at Winter Institute. Here are a few seminars IndieCommerce participating booksellers won’t want to miss:

E-mailNew Constant Contact Form for Newsletter Signups

Constant Contact has released a new embed form option for adding a newsletter sign-up form to your website. For booksellers who currently have the old form embedded on their sites, it will continue to work; however, attempts to edit it through Constant Contact or to edit the blocks containing the code on a store website will result in the old form no longer working. Instructions for adding the new form can be found in the IndieCommerce Help Center.

Questions can be sent to

Cartoon man holding "Tips" signTip of the Week

Take advantage of the default content ABA provides for the Indie Next List, Kids’ Indie Next List, Reading Group Indie Next List, and Indie Bestsellers by enabling the corresponding blocks (Structure > Blocks) or linking to these pages by replacing the highlighted portion with the bookstore’s URL.

For example:

Booksellers are encouraged to send their thoughts, questions, or suggestions via e-mail to IndieCommerce staff at any time.

Past editions of IndieCommunication are available on the IndieCommerce Updates page on