IndieCommerce Institute Registration Begins Tomorrow

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The American Booksellers Association announced this week the opening of registration for the two upcoming IndieCommerce Institutes (ICI). The ICI registration site will be live on Friday, June 28, at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). This is the third year that ABA has offered the ICI, and the first time that the institutes are being presented in different regions in the same year.

The first Institute will be held in conjunction with the SIBA fall trade show in New Orleans on September 19 at the Sheraton New Orleans. The second Institute will be held in conjunction with the NCIBA trade show in San Francisco on October 2 at the Best Western Plus Grosvenor Hotel in San Francisco.

Each Institute will feature two breakout tracks: a Main Session that will address the needs of most users and an Advanced Seminar appropriate to very experienced users. Programming will also include moderated panel discussions, a Kobo update, and lunch.

In addition, there will be an opening reception the evening before the start of each Institute, and IndieCommerce staff will be available the day before each Institute to meet with ICI attendee stores for individualized one-on-one attention.

Attendance at each Institute will be capped at 75 participants, and registration is limited to three booksellers per member bookstore company. For those registering before August 1, the fee will be $99 per attendee for the Main Session and $130 per attendee for the Advanced Seminar. (Beginning August 1, the registration fee will be $120 for the Main Session and $150 for the Advanced Seminar.)

Registration for both institutes closes September 4, and all registration fees are nonrefundable.

IndieCommerce stores are urged to watch their inboxes tomorrow for an e-mail –– including a link to the registration page –- that will be sent when registration goes live at 1:00 p.m.

The ICI Main Session, intended for most users, will include an IndieCommerce new feature overview; programming that focuses on order processing, custom order status, custom products, and report generation through views; and design tips to improve a store’s IndieCommerce site.

The Advanced Seminar is intended to facilitate a group discussion among advanced users about their work supporting their respective sites. Enrollment in the seminar is limited to one attendee per store. IndieCommerce staff will evaluate information provided by each registrant and will assign Advanced Seminar participants.

The day will begin and end with plenary sessions for all attendees. The moderated panel discussions will look at topics ranging from staffing requirements and workflows to best practices for promoting an e-commerce website.

Booksellers with questions regarding ICI programming can e-mail neil@bookweb.org.