Best-sellers from the 2013 Conventions

We’re just back from the 2013 conventions in Orlando and Columbus – the National Federation of the Blind, and the American Council of the Blind, respectively. Because these two conventions usually bump up against each other (they even overlap from time to time!), our Publications team splits up and sends two people to each convention.

Photo of Tim Turnbull chattin with a customer at the ACB Convention in Columbus.

Tim Turnbull chats with a customer at the ACB Convention in Columbus.

We spend most of our time at the conventions in the exhibit hall, showing and selling our books and other tactile products. We love getting to meet our customers and supporters face to face; our customers, in turn, appreciate the rare opportunity to browse a table full of braille books.

Now, we’re back in the office. We’ve entered the orders and tallied the sales – and here are the top-selling books and braille items from the 2013 conventions!

  1. iPhone iOS6 Updates, (all formats combined)
  2. Magnet: “Be the Person Your Dog Thinks You Are,” print/braille magnet
  3. Magnet: “Good friends are like stars. You don’t always see them, but you know they’re always there!” print/braille magnet
  4. Magnet: “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller, print/braille magnet
  5. iOS Success: Making the iPad Accessible, (all formats combined)
  6. Getting started with iPhone and iOS5 for Blind Users, (all formats combined)
  7. Wednesday Morning Quotations, braille spiral-bound booklet
  8. Magnet: “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain…” – Vivian Greene, print/braille magnet
  9. Magnet: “Keep Calm and Carry On,” print/braille magnet
  10. Twenty-Two Useful Apps for Blind iPhone Users (2nd Edition), (all formats combined)
  11. Magnet: “”Anyone can be cool, but awesome takes practice,” print/braille magnet
  12. Twenty-One Apps We Can’t Live Without, (all formats combined)
  13. Magnet: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.” – Emerson, print/braille magnet
  14. iPhone Tactile Screenshot Quick References iOS6, large print/braille & tactiles
  15. 100 Hungry Ants (with blocks), print/braille picture book with 100 blocks
  16. Froggy Learns to Swim, print/braille picture book
  17. (tie) Hop on Pop, print/braille board book
  18. (tie) That’s Not My Monkey!, print/braille board book
  19. (tie) Magnet: “To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world,” print/braille magnet
  20. (tie) Magnet: “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly,” print/braille magnet
  21. Braille-marked Measuring Cups and Spoons
  22. Make Way for Ducklings, print/braille picture book

Read more about specific books and products.

A Great New (Old) Idea

You may not know that NBP publishes two braille magazines: Syndicated Columnists Weekly and Our Special, or OS.

Every OS contains original articles by eight blind contributing editors – making it the only magazine by and for blind women. Published since 1930, the bi-monthly OS also contains articles drawn from popular women’s magazines – think O: The Oprah Magazine and Family Circle.

An OS subscriber wrote in with a suggestion. She, like many of the magazine’s readers, likes to hold on to the recipes in the popular “Kitchen Corner” section of the magazine. But the bulky 100-page braille magazines start to pile up! OS editor Dana Nichols says, “I have a lot of old magazines I’ve kept for the recipes in them. Collecting braille magazines can take up a lot of room… finding enough space for those old magazines is a problem; they begin to crowd you out.”

Image of a child baking cookiesThe solution suggested by our OS reader was that we pull out the “Kitchen Corner” recipes into their own discrete section. We did a little research and found it would be easy to create a pull-out section – a slim, 12-page booklet that’s practically a brochure! This way, readers can remove the recipes without needing to store the whole issue – and it also makes it easier to read recipes while cooking.

As always, some of the best ideas tend to come from our loyal and passionate readers, and so it was with this latest innovation – though innovation is not the right word! Editor Dana Nichols reminds us, “OS used to be done that way, and it was frustrating to try to razor-blade the recipes out when it changed to the way it is now.”

Sometimes the old ways are the best ways. Now, I’m waiting for readers to start asking that we do the same with the knitting section, or the crafts section, or…