Headlines for the week of February 22, 2017

    Backlist Book Swap Reception to Kick Off Children’s Institute

    All registrants for the ABC Children’s Institute should plan to bring a favorite children’s book to share with colleagues at the April 5 Welcome Reception and Backlist Book Swap at Powell’s Books.

    Children’s Institute Hotel Waitlist Opens

    Children’s Institute registrants in need of a hotel room can add their names to a waitlist or make reservations with a nearby hotel.

    A Report on the ABA Board’s January 2017 Meeting

    At its January 25–26 meeting in Minneapolis, just prior to the12th Winter Institute, the ABA Board worked on a range of business.

    ABA Board Election Process Open for Petitions in Support of Additional Candidates

    Under ABA’s Bylaws, any bookstore member may submit petitions to have the names of additional candidates added to the ballot for the 2017 Board of Directors elections.

    Wi12 Education Handouts, Backlist Book Swap Title List Now on BookWeb

    ABA members can now access handouts from education sessions held at Winter Institute 12 in Minneapolis, as well as a complete list of the 335 titles shared at the Backlist Book Swap.

    The March ’17 Now in Paperback Flier & Shelf-Talkers

    The March Indie Next List’s 12 “Now in Paperback” titles are featured with bookseller quotes on a downloadable flier and shelf-talkers.

    Top 10 Spring Kids’ Indie Next List Titles Featured on Shelf-Talkers

    The top 10 titles on the Spring 2017 Kids’ Indie Next List flier are featured on shelf-talkers, which are ready for download from BookWeb.org.

    Google Analytics Webinar Now Available on BookWeb and YouTube

    A recording of “Google Analytics for E-commerce,” a webinar reprise of the popular Winter Institute 12 session led by Max Thomas, is currently available on BookWeb and YouTube.

    “Bookstores — An Inclusive Place for Dialogue and Discovery” to Debut at ABA Spring Forum in Atlanta

    Booksellers are invited to ABA’s first Spring Forum of the year. The program, held in conjunction with SIBA, will take place in Atlanta on March 7.

    Libro.fm to Offer Audiobook Memberships for Indie Bookstore Customers

    On March 1, Libro.fm will launch audiobook memberships through more than 270 indie bookstore locations.

    An Indies Introduce Q&A With Emily Fridlund

    Here, bookseller Susan Tunis of BookShop West Portal talks with Emily Fridlund, author of the Winter/Spring 2017 Indies Introduce debut novel History of Wolves.

    Simon & Schuster Cancels Yiannopoulos Book

    Simon & Schuster has announced the cancellation of its contract to publish Dangerous, a book by Milo Yiannopoulos.

    Trump Appointees Will Shape Free Speech

    ABFE Director Chris Finan offers his thoughts on how two of President Trump’s appointees — Jeff Sessions and Neil M. Gorsuch — could significantly affect the exercise of First Amendment freedoms.

    Ninety-Four Percent of U.S. Population Resides in States With Level Playing Field

    With the recent news that Amazon will now be collecting sales tax in Arkansas, slightly more than 94 percent of the U.S. population resides in areas where Amazon is collecting sales tax on in-state purchases.

    Noelle Santos’ Lit. Bar Gathers Momentum for a Summer Opening

    Noelle Santos, an HR professional with a love of literature, is just a few steps away from signing a lease for The Lit. Bar, a bookstore/wine bar, in her native South Bronx. 

    Post-Election Discussion at A Novel Experience Uses “Living Room Conversations” as a Model

    A Novel Experience invited customers to take part in a post-election conversation using guidelines from Living Room Conversations, a website that offers resources for hosting civil discussions on difficult topics.

    Film Crews Transform Logos Bookstore for Upcoming Movie

    New York City’s Logos Bookstore recently served as a filming location for an upcoming movie starring Melissa McCarthy. Can You Ever Forgive Me? is based on author Lee Israel’s 2008 memoir.

    Winter Institute 12 Seen Through the Eyes of a German Book Industry Professional

    Buchreport’s Anja Sieg shares her observations from Winter Institute 12 in this column, which was published in the February 10 edition of the U.K.’s The Bookseller.

    Wi12 Education: Successfully Merchandising and Selling Graphic Novels

    At Wi12, bookseller panelists shared best practices for categorizing and shelving middle grade and young adult graphic novels, as well as how to sell the genre to parents, teachers, and young readers.

    Wi12 Education: Booksellers Make the Business Case for ABACUS

    Three Winter Institute bookseller panelists shared insights on how using the information from ABA’s ABACUS survey has improved management of their bookstore finances.

    Sign Up Now to Host Children’s Book Week Events

    Booksellers have until March 1 to register to serve as an official event location for the 98th annual Children’s Book Week, which will take place May 1–7.

    Minimum Wage Roundup

    Here is a look at some of the latest minimum wage stories from around the country.

    Around Indies

    Books Inc. to open new branch; Books Are Magic secures location; Second Flight Books opens in Indiana; Main Street Books to celebrate 20 years; Square Books’ Richard Howorth to serve as chair of TVA board

    BTW News Briefs

    Follett names COO; Children’s Book Week expands staff; PEN World Voices Festival to focus on gender and power; PEN America Literary Award winners and Nebula, Norton, and Bradbury nominees announced

    The Indie Sci-Fi & Fantasy Bestseller List

    Based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending February 19, 2017.

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    Noelle Santos

    Noelle Santos is just a few steps away from making her bookstore dreams come true. Her new bookstore/wine bar, The Lit. Bar, is scheduled to open this summer in her native South Bronx.