Wi13 Consultation Station to Feature 33 Business Service Providers

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Winter Institute logoWinter Institute 2018’s Consultation Station, which is open to all institute attendees, will feature representatives from the American Booksellers Association’s affiliated business solution partners, POS vendors, and other service providers.

The Consultation Station will be open in the Memphis Cook Convention Center as follows:

  • Wednesday, January 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (with a break for lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
  • Thursday, January 25, from 9:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (with a break for lunch from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.)

The 33 vendors will welcome walk-ins during Consultation Station hours, but booksellers can also make appointments with specific vendors in advance; contact information is provided below and on the Consultation Station page on BookWeb.org.

Above the Treeline / Edelweiss 

Above the Treeline offers Edelweiss and Treeline Analytics, web-based tools for the book industry to help connect readers with books.


Anthology is a point of sale/inventory control solution offering software, POS hardware, and Dell computers for in-store, off-site, multi-store, and remote access. Optional modules are available for credit cards and gift cards.

  • To set up an appointment, send an e-mail to Jim Bean or call (800) 819-0095, ext. 103.
  • For more information, visit Anthology.com.

Applied Merchant Services (AMS)

AMS, ABA’s endorsed merchant service provider, offers exclusive rates to members, accepting every type of payment in any type of environment, including face-to-face, e-commerce, mobile, invoicing, and reoccurring.

Basil Software

Basil Bookseller Software is a complete, web-based inventory control system that supports new, used, and online book sales. Now with mobile capability, Basil provides even more options for businesses on the go.


Batch is a U.K.-based program that enables bookstores to view all of their invoices online, integrate with their stock and accounts packages, and make a single payment to all of their vendors on Batch. It is fully operable in the U.K. and is currently being tested in the U.S.

Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation

The Binc Foundation is dedicated to supporting the people who work in bookstores. Binc has assisted more than 7,100 households in thousands of communities across the U.S. and has provided more than $6.1 million in financial assistance and scholarships since 1996.

BookExpo & BookCon

BookExpo is a premium trade event offering business meetings, innovative conference programming, networking opportunities, and author interactions. BookCon is the number-one event to launch books and generate meaningful in-person and social engagement between authors, fans, brands, and media.


With over 1300 users throughout the world, Booklog provides a dynamic POS/inventory management software that will meet the needs for a successful retail operation. 

  • To set up an appointment, send an e-mail to Gwen Fishbeck or call (773) 275-4437, ext. 229.
  • For more information, visit Booklog.com.


Bookmanager, a POS/inventory software offering care and support for North American independent booksellers, offers an integrated webstore, payment processing, gift cards, multi-store options, offsite sales, bibliographic data, electronic receiving, analytics, and more.

Children’s Book Council/Every Child a Reader

Indie booksellers are invited to sign up for the 99th annual Children’s Book Week, April 30 to May 6, 2018.

Chuck Robinson Associates

Chuck Robinson Associates helps businesses and nonprofits thrive by building strong management systems and dynamic community connections.

Computac, Inc.

Computac offers a point-of-sale and inventory management system for bookstores.

  • To set up an appointment, send an e-mail to Mark Warner or call (603) 298-5721.
  • For more information, visit imrchnt.com.

DartFrog Books

DartFrog provides independent bookstores with a solution for self-published authors/books. There is no cost to bookstores; rather, the model pays stores for referring self-published authors to DartFrog, which evaluates the books, selects and distributes the best, and provides detailed feedback (and a second submission opportunity) to authors whose books are not yet bookstore quality.

Franklin Fixtures, LLC

Franklin Fixtures, which has been building its business around booksellers since 1974, designs and manufactures custom, modified, and standard store fixtures and displays, such as wall and floor shelving, tables, showcases, gondolas, and slatwall.

Gardners Books

Gardners is the U.K.’s largest book wholesaler, stocking Europe’s most comprehensive catalogue of English-language books and sidelines, all of which can be shipped to any U.S. bookstore within 24 hours.

Hummingbird Digital Media

Hummingbird supplies a robust, free e-book and/or audiobook platform, including a bookseller-branded storefront and app.


IBID provides POS and inventory control software for single or multi-location book retailers. The software is browser-based. 

  • To set up an appointment, send an e-mail to David Walton or call (412) 369-5990.
  • For more information, visit Irtnet.com.

Independent Bookstore Day

Check out some of the exclusive items available for Bookstore Day 2018. Booksellers can also place their IBD orders in person, ask questions, buy T-shirts and tote bags, and get all the information they need to make IBD 2018 the best one yet. 

Ingram Content Group

Ingram Content Group LLC keeps the world reading by connecting people with content in all forms. Stop by to see the newest iPage enhancements and to learn about BookLove, Indie Vault, and more.

Ingram Publisher Services

Ingram Publisher Services LLC brings you a trusted distribution network combined with a sales team of passionate book lovers and access to the industry’s leading e-book and print-on-demand technologies. Stop by to discuss our upcoming spring titles.


Together we share your story with the world. IngramSpark® is a self-publishing platform with fully integrated digital, wholesale, and distribution services.


LIBRIS was formed in 1997 by ABA to provide affordable business insurance protection for its independent bookstore members. LIBRIS strives to make sure that independent book retailers have the coverage they need at the rate they deserve. This one-of-a-kind program is available through booksellers’ local broker or direct through LIBRIS.

  • To set up an appointment, send an e-mail to Whitney Balaun  or call (888) 694-8585 or (303) 834-4539.
  • For more information, visit Libris.org.


Libro.fm is an audiobook platform for independent bookstores.

  • To set up an appointment, send an e-mail to Mark Pearson or call (413) 206-9290.
  • For more information, visit Libro.fm.

Literary Hub / Book Marks

Literary Hub is a single, trusted, daily source for all the news, ideas, and richness of contemporary literary life; it has more than 200 partners, including many independent bookstores.  

Lovepop, Inc.

Lovepop combines art with engineering to make 3D paper art cards containing elaborate sculptures for all occasions.


NetGalley is an industry-standard service to help readers of influence discover and recommend new books to their audiences. To help promote and market new books, NetGalley delivers secure, digital galleys to professional readers on behalf of more than 300 publishers worldwide. Over 360,000 early influencers use NetGalley to discover new books.


The ABA Shipping Program, managed by PartnerShip®, provides members with discounts on small package and freight shipments with FedEx, UPS Freight, YRC Freight, and other carriers. PartnerShip will be located in Ballroom E.

Paz & Associates

Paz & Associates offers ideas, inspiration, and best practices for retail booksellers worldwide through seminars, workshop retreats, training guides and videos, a free seasonal e-newsletter, and individual coaching and consulting.


Designed to spark a national conversation about reading, literacy, and the books that have inspired, moved, and shaped us, The Great American Read is an eight-part PBS series that encompasses digital and social media initiatives and community outreach.

  • To set up an appointment, send an e-mail to Bethany Latham or call (703) 739-8688.
  • For more information, visit PBS.org.

Pop Culture Classroom

Pop Culture Classroom provides professional development support to booksellers on opportunities with the rapidly growing graphic novel category, with a goal toward creating long-lasting partnerships with K-12 educators and school and public librarians.  

Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly is the international news website of book publishing and bookselling, including business news, reviews, bestseller lists, commentaries, and more.

Shelf Awareness

Shelf Awareness offers booksellers a free, customized version of Shelf Awareness for Readers for customers that is co-branded with the bookstore’s logo and links back to the store’s website, features the store’s social media, links reviews to the store’s e-commerce, features the store’s events, and offers the option of customizing an editorial.

We Need Diverse Books

We Need Diverse Books™ is a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates for essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.