We're very excited to announce the addition of Google Preview to book info pages here on IndieBound.org. Google Preview offers a speedy, thorough way of browsing through a wide variety of titles.
Just click on the Google Preview button (example on the right) to peek inside any book where it is available.
Here are some examples to get you started:
Out now, the Indie Next List for January!
January's list features debut novels—Amy Greene's Bloodroot, Brian Hart's Then Came The Evening—series continuations—Patrick Taylor's An Irish Country Girl—and perhaps a new series beginning—Jasper Fforde's Shades of Grey.
Find the printed list at an independent bookstore near you. We're also offering a print-at-home version, found on the Indie Next List page directly beneath the carousel of titles, so you can read at home and take it to your local indie.
Twenty titles chosen by booksellers for the 2009 Indie Next Lists in hardcover—and now available in paperback format—are highlighted in our end-of-year list Presenting Paperbacks. In fiction, biography & memoir, mystery and nonfiction, you can find several books on which to spend your indie bookstore gift cards!
If that's not enough book coverage, NPR audio stories on IndieBound.org book info pages have recently featured lists of fantastic titles. Don't miss Season's Readings, with recommendations from indie booksellers at Milwaukee's Boswell Book Company, The BookMark in Atlantic Beach, FL, and Portrait of a Bookstore in Studio City, CA.
More excellent recommendations come from librarian Nancy Pearl's 2009 Under-The-Radar Books, featuring the excellent Liar by Justine Larbalestier, the 10 Best Cookbooks of 2009, with the delicious Mastering the Art of Chinese Cooking, Maureen Corrigan's Best Books of 2009, featuring several Indie Next List titles of this year, and Alan Cheuse's Book Picks to Warm a Winter's Night—although American Fantastic Tales is giving me the chills.
Happy reading and Happy New Year!
Out now, the Indie Next List for December!
And just in time for the holidays, we have a video from economist Joel Waldfogel on his book Scroogenomics, discussing why buying gifts is a wasteful "orgy of value destruction." But personally I think books are the best gifts, and, as even Waldfogel points out, they're not that expensive!
Ha Jin's A Good Fall, Stephen King's Under the Dome, Alice Munro's Man Booker prize-winning Too Much Happiness, and Jim Lahey's "bread book to end all bread books" My Bread are just a few of the potential gifts on December's Indie Next List.
And even Scrooges can commiserate with the likes of John Waters and Robert Benchley in The Dreaded Feast.
Find the printed list at an independent bookstore near you. We're also offering a print-at-home version, found on the Indie Next List page directly beneath the carousel of titles, so you can read at home and take it to your local indie. Happy reading and happy holidays!
You might have noticed book trailer videos popping up alongside books here on IndieBound.org…you might even have wondered whether there was some way you could see more of them. Well, today is your lucky day!
We're happy to direct you to the new Book Videos gallery. Here you can see six randomly-selected videos about six great books. Click the link at the bottom of the page to refresh and see six more.
Want a complete listing of videos? Check out the full list of videos.
There are over 300 videos on IndieBound.org…and the number is growing every day. Happy watching!
Gift buying can be tricky...but no matter who you're shopping for this year, we bet there's a book out there with their name on it.
Who to start with? Yourself, of course! Make sure your IndieBound Wish List is up-to-date. Create as many lists as you want, make notes on your choices, mark your favorite bookstores and email it to friends and family; see all the possibilities in our video walkthrough. iPhone users can also manage their Book Lists from the IndieBound for iPhone app.
But don't take it from us...watch an amazing array of authors describe the lasting value of the book as a gift. You might be surprised who shows up...and what they have to say!
Need help choosing the right book? Let your neighborhood independent bookseller lend a hand!
The Booksellers Association of the United Kingdom & Ireland (BA) will be launching an IndieBound marketing campaign for members of its Independent Booksellers Forum in early 2010.
In its November magazine, Bookselling Essentials, the BA gave members a sneak preview of IndieBound and said, "We are thrilled to be working with the American Booksellers Association to facilitate the IndieBound campaign into the U.K."
Just out now is the Kids' Indie Next List for Winter '09/'10!
Listen to NPR stories on Julie Andrews' anthology of favorite poems, Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies and Josh Lieb's I am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President.
We've also got an exclusive video from John Skovron discussing his novel Struts & Frets, and its very cool accompanying rock and jazz playlist.
The great Zilpha Keatley Snyder's new book William S. and the Great Escape, the also great Patrick McDonnell's Wag!, a newly illustrated Treasure Island with woodcuts by John Lawrence, and Alexander Gordon Smith's Lockdown are just a sample of the books on this massive list.
Find the printed list at an independent bookstore near you and you're set for the winter. Happy reading!
eBooks, Indie Style
The IndieBound for iPhone app has received a major upgrade—now you can search for and purchase eBooks from independent booksellers across the United States. (eBooks download automatically into the free eReader app.) The Indie Bestsellers, the Indie Next List, and other book lists, now feature an "also available as an eBook" sticker where appropriate. And the Book Search has been upgraded with a choice of three searches: all results, books only, or ebooks only.
Now the main book search on IndieBound.org includes eBooks along with regular results, and a special list of Indie Next List Favorites in eBooks has been added.
Map it Out
The iPhone Indie Store Finder has received some upgrades, too. The iPhone app now includes integrated Google Maps, so you can view the stores close to you on a map without exiting the IndieBound app. Need directions? Just tap on a pin and you can go directly to the full Google Maps application for detailed directions by car, public transport, or on foot.
IndieBound book info pages now have more info than ever.
Thanks to National Public Radio, book info pages now feature unique audio content, gathered from NPR's extensive book coverage: reviews, interviews and more.
Longer, richer descriptions, author biographies, and editorial reviews can now be found on thousands of book pages, in addition to reviews from alternative weekly newspapers and conversation starters from ReadingGroupChoices.com.