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Why Do You Need a Book Collection Software?

Is your eBook library or print book library getting a little out of control? If you have been looking for eBook library software or book collection software that will solve your problems, All My Books may be the answer that you have been looking for. All My Books is a book collection program designed to handle both print books and eBooks in the most efficient way possible. Why buy an ineffective eBook library program or other book program if it isn’t doing the job, when instead you can use All My Books, capable of easily and effectively organizing both your regular books and eBooks into an efficient catalog that you can refer to for all the details on the books that you own?

The All My Books software only requires that you find each book in a search, using title, author or ISBN in order to perform the search. Once you have found the copy of the book you own and want to add to your catalog, the All My Books software will do the rest of the work. All of the data about your books is stored on an individual book card, including a combination of standard fields and user defined fields. Some of the standard fields that you will find on each book card include author, title, ISBN, genre, publishing house, binding, number of pages, number of copies, location, rating and numerous others. Most of this information is automatically downloaded from the internet book databases, saving you a great deal of time in the process. Why waste time manually entering your book collection when the entire thing can be done automatically by All My Books?

If you already have a book list in Excel, it can be imported from Excel into All My Books, allowing you to easily integrate your old, already existing book collection documents into the new, more efficient software. When your book collection is completely integrated into the All My Books software, you can quickly and easily search for the titles that you own using a book search that draw both from the standard fields and the fields that you designed yourself. And as an added bonus, you can also take advantage of statistics for your entire book collection, which will tell you how many books you have from a specific author, how many books fit into a certain genre, or how many books of a certain binding style you own for example.

All My Books offers an endless variety of additional functions, with the ability to add plug-ins and further customize your book collection to suit your needs. No matter what your individual needs are when it comes to putting your book collection into a more readily usable form, All My Books is designed to provide the functionality that you need. If you have a large amount of books and eBooks, why input them into Excel manually when you can let All My Books do the work, creating a fully customizable eBook and print book database for your perusal instead?

Reflections on the New York Public Library or An Ode to Public Institutions

How to Sell to Libraries – Top Ten Strategies For Independent Authors and Publishers

America’s 123,000 libraries purchase nearly $2 billion worth of books annually, according to statistics from the American Library Association and the Book Industry Study Group. Nonfiction books are especially well suited to library sales. To sell fiction to libraries, it’s helpful to have reviews in journals, awards, or a strong local tie-in, such as a novel being set in the region.

Here are ten tips on how to sell to libraries:

1. Publish a library-friendly book. Library books take a lot of abuse, so libraries prefer books that are sturdy. However, given the choice between a hardcover and paperback edition, they may choose the paperback because it’s less expensive. Libraries generally will not purchase books with spiral or other nontraditional binding, and they don’t like books with “fill-in-the-blank” pages. Nonfiction books should have a good index and preferably a bibliography. Librarians also prefer to purchase books that are cataloged using CIP (cataloging-in-publication) data.

2. Get your book reviewed in a library journal. Library purchasing decisions are based largely on reviews in the major journals. It’s impossible for librarians to keep up with the huge volume of books being published, and they value the screening process that the journals provide. Eligibility and submission instructions vary by publication, so read the requirements carefully. Unfortunately, the journals can review only a small percentage of submissions.

3. Make sure your book is available through major library wholesalers such as Baker & Taylor and Ingram. The majority of library purchases are made through wholesalers, and some libraries won’t order directly from small publishers.

4. Apply to work with a library distributor such as Quality Books or Unique Books, if you publish nonfiction.

5. Solicit testimonials from librarians to add to your marketing materials, and play up any awards the book has won.

6. Contact libraries in your area to inquire about programs for local authors, and contact libraries in towns you visit. Let the library know about your events or media coverage in the area, such as book signings, radio interviews, or newspaper feature stories.

7. Look into speaking opportunities at libraries, like lectures and readings. In some cases you can sell copies of your book at your event or even get paid a speaking fee. Sometimes these events are organized by the “friends of the library” or other similar volunteer groups.

8. Send direct mail to libraries, either on your own or through co-operative mailings. Address mail to the Collection Development Librarian for your subject area, and include a flyer with book details and a list of wholesalers and distributors that carry your book.

9. Consider donating a sample copy of your book to a few top library systems, to encourage purchases for branch libraries.

10. Exhibit at library tradeshows through co-operative exhibit programs such as those offered through the Independent Book Publishers Association, Combined Book Exhibit, and other organizations.

Excerpted from The Savvy Book Marketer’s Guide to Selling Your Book to Libraries.