HarperCollins will introduce a new backlist program for U.S.-based independent booksellers on January 1, 2017.

The program, the publisher said in a statement, is "designed to reward and support independent retailers that maintain a varied selection of HarperCollins backlist titles specific to the store’s strengths and customer base."

In order to participate, booksellers must have good credit and a minimum net billing of $5,000 with HarperCollins during 2016. Participating retailers will earn a discount on HarperCollins and Harlequin backlist titled ordered during 2017.

“Developed from many conversations with booksellers around the country, the program is meant to be simple, straightforward and easy to implement," v-p and deputy director of sales Mary Beth Thomas said in a statement. "Our goal is that the tools provided will enable our reps to have productive discussions to help their accounts make decisions about opportunity titles for their inventory mix.”