There are nine regional bookseller associations around the country, and the bookstores within each region team up each fall to put together their own holiday gift catalogs. These catalogs are great for the bookstores in the region to promote books that might not get the same exposure in the big chain stores, and they frequently feature books of regional interest or published by local publishers. Of course, they're also great for book lovers everywhere to use as a starting point for their gift giving or wish list making.
I thought it would be useful and interesting for my3books' readers to get a look at the various holiday catalogs from around the country. Most of them are either downloadable as a big lump PDF or in small pieces. You'll find links below to the regional associations' web sites and to the direct downloads (or online viewable editions, if downloads aren't available).
PNBA - Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association
The PNBA represents bookstores in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Their main catalog page has links to downloads of individual pages for different categories.
SIBA - Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
SIBA represents over 300 bookstores in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and Mississippi. Their main catalog page has lots of information, including a link to launch an online version of the catalog.
GLIBA - Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association
Representing bookstores across the Great Lakes region of the US - Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio with member stores in other adjacent states. Their 2009 catalog is available as a PDF download.
MBA - Midwestern Booksellers Association
The MBA is the association that represents bookstores in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, as well as the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. You can download the full PDF of their 2009 catalog here.
NCIBA - Northern California Independent Booksellers Association
The NCIBA, obviously, represents booksellers in Northern California. Their main catalog page has links to download the cover and a list of the titles featured in the catalog.
SCIBA - Southern California Independent Booksellers Association
As with NCIBA, the SCIBA is the home base for Southern California booksellers. Their catalog has not been unveiled yet - that's their placeholder cover above. Meanwhile, here's a list of the titles that will be featured.
MPIBA - Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association
The MPIBA covers a vast swath of the country's mountainous midsection – over 250 indie bookstores in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. Their 2009 catalog is viewable in parts here.
NAIBA - the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association
Spread across the mid-Atlantic region of the country, member bookstores are to be found in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, and Washington DC. You can download their complete 2009 holiday catalog here.
NEIBA - New England Independent Booksellers Association
Member bookstores in NEIBA hail from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Their 2009 holiday catalog is downloadable here.