Indigo Wraps Up an Exciting 2007



    TORONTO, Dec. 26 /CNW/ - "Peace, joy and a book for all" summarized the
holidays at Indigo, Chapters and Coles stores this season, wrapping up an
exciting year of innovation and unique opportunities for Canadian booklovers
in the Company's retail stores as well as online. From launching a high
profile series for Entrepreneurs and an award-winning Indigo Online Community;
Indigo Books and Music also brought Harry Pottermania to life in July, and
connected booklovers with the most sought after authors and relevant topics at
in-store personal appearances, creating interesting experiences for customers
at every opportunity.
    As the busiest shopping season nears its close, the year's busiest day
for Indigo, December 22, saw roughly 480,000 visitors, over 570 per minute. If
Canadians are not already shopped out, they can take advantage of more great
deals this Boxing Day with 30% off all hard covers and up to 50% off select
books, gift products and calendars. Additionally, with a purchase during
Boxing Week, customers will receive a $5 off coupon redeemable on January
purchases of $35 or more in-store.
    Books continued to be a great gift option this year and the top 10
best-selling titles for the 2007 holiday season were:

    
    -   Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert
    -   The Innocent Man, John Grisham
    -   Cook with Jamie, Jamie Oliver
    -   The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett
    -   Blood Brothers (Sign of Seven Trilogy Book 1), Nora Roberts
    -   Atonement, Ian McEwan
    -   A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini
    -   The Bancroft Strategy, Robert Ludlum
    -   I am America & So Can You, Stephen Colbert
    -   For One More Day, Mitch Albom

    In addition to a fantastic book selection, Indigo's array of lifestyle,
home and décor items topped everyone's wish list.
    The top gift themes in the lifestyle category were:

    -   Eco-friendly bags, totes, wrap, soy candles, educational books and
        videos
    -   Metallic décor in gold, silver, and bronze
    -   Woodland themes, twigs, natural, birch bark, wood scented, and pine
        cones.
    -   Handcrafted products, hand-painted ornaments and hand knit scarves
        and throws.
    -   Scrapbooking and digital photo albums
    -   Nostalgic Christmas, vintage felt stockings, warm tones of browns,
        reds and greens. Snow globes, customized with personal photos.
    -   And Gourmet food for gifting.
    

    Where Canadian Booklovers Connect

    In 2007, Indigo launched its unique Online Community where Canadian
booklovers can connect and share their passion for books, authors and reading.
From recommending new reads and organizing bookshelves, to getting local book
clubs on track for the New Year, this innovative new tool has something for
every inspired reader.
    Since its launch in mid-September, tens of thousands of members have
joined the unique community, connecting at a rate of one new member every
three minutes. User traffic generated to the online bookstore is up 50% over
the previous year. Twice as many visitors are staying on the site longer,
joining the Online Community to post reviews of their recent reads and lists
of their favorite movies and must-have music.

    A Picture Tells a Thousand Stories

    This year, Indigo also launched Photobook, an easy-to-use photo sharing
and custom scrapbooking service. Perfect to share memories for holiday
gift-giving or post-holiday archiving, Photobook allows customers to create
professionally bound, hardcover books filled with their favourite memories.
Visit www.chapters.indigo.ca/photobook to create your own holiday keepsake.

    Harry Pottermania!

    In addition to exciting new online initiatives in 2007, Indigo celebrated
record book sales with the launch of the final Harry Potter novel, The Deathly
Hallows in July. The farewell to everyone's favourite wizard brought in sales
averaging 3 books per second, more than any other book in Indigo's history
to-date.

    Indigo Love of Reading Foundation

    The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation continued to inspire a lifelong
love of reading in children with the addition of 10 new recipient schools in
2007. With over $4.5 million donated to high need schools across Canada to
date, Indigo is working to put books into the hands of all children, one
library at a time. In September, the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation
launched Writing on the Wall, a documentary highlighting the literary crisis
in our schools, to rave reviews.

    Inspired Experiences

    Indigo, Chapters and Coles continued to lead the industry in cultural
offerings in 2007, hosting numerous high-profile celebrities, musicians and
authors for interviews and book signings. The Indigo Entrepreneur Series saw
Canada's top business leaders, including Indigo CEO and Chief Booklover
Heather Reisman, come together for an inspirational series on
entrepreneurship.

    And the winner is ... Indigo!

    This was a year of achievement for Indigo as it continues to be
recognized as a leader in the retail industry. In 2007, Indigo received a
Maple Leaf Award for Retail Store Design by the International Council of
Shopping Centres for the new Indigo store in Brossard, Quebec. Indigo was also
named by Internet Retailer to the Hot 100 Internet Websites list for 2008. The
list is an annual compilation prepared by editors of Internet Retailer, and
their panel of industry experts who sift through thousands of internet retail
sites to glean the 100 best examples of online retail in North America.

    More Excitement in 2008

    The excitement starts early in 2008! Pre-orders begin in January for
Stephenie Meyer's highly anticipated new book, the fourth installment in her
vampire love saga. Just two days after Meyer's third book, Eclipse, was
released in early August, it quickly became the fastest selling kids title in
Indigo history, excluding Harry Potter. Canadian fans indicate Meyer could be
J.K. Rowling's heir apparent. The newest installment from John Grisham will
also be released in January.

    About Indigo Books & Music Inc.

    Indigo is a Canadian company and the largest book retailer in Canada,
operating bookstores in all provinces under the names Indigo Books & Music
Inc., Chapters, The World's Biggest Bookstore and Coles. Indigo operates
chapters.indigo.ca, an online retailer of books, gifts, music, videos, DVDs
and toys. It is a publicly traded company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange
under the stock symbol IDG.
    For the second year running, the Company qualified as one of Canada's
Top 100 Employers in 2006 in a survey run by Mediacorp Canada. To learn more
about Indigo, please visit the About Our Company section of
chapters.indigo.ca.





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Suzanne Rappaport-Cho or Sandra D'Ambrosio, Edelman Public Relations, (416)
527-1979 or (416) 529-4912, suzanne.rappaport@edelman.com,
sandra.d'ambrosio@edelman.com; Janet Eger, Director of Public Relations,
Indigo Books & Music Inc., (416) 520-9418, jeger@indigo.ca


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