Headlines for the week of October 8, 2015

    James Patterson Launches Holiday Bonus Program for Indie Booksellers

    Bestselling author and tireless literacy advocate James Patterson is kicking off the holiday season with a thank-you gift to independent bookstore employees: a donation of $250,000 that will be granted as bonuses of $1,000 to $5,000 to individual booksellers at ABA member stores.

    A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

    Here, ABA CEO Oren Teicher shares some of the backstory about the creation of the association’s e-commerce service for indie bookstores, now known as IndieCommerce.

    Perseus Teams With FedEx to Improve Shipping to Booksellers

    The Perseus Books Group has announced an agreement with FedEx that will significantly improve shipments to bookstores and other outlets nationwide.

    Hachette Launches Rapid Replenishment Program

    Hachette Book Group announced on Tuesday that it has created a new program to speed the delivery of the publisher’s titles to independent retailers in the continental U.S.

    Record Number of Publishers Sign On to Support Winter Institute 11

    ABA’s 11th annual Winter Institute is made possible by the generous support of Ingram Content Group, the event’s lead sponsor, and additional support from more than 70 publishers large and small.

    ABA Wraps Up Trade Show Programming at Heartland, NCIBA & SCIBA

    Booksellers at the upcoming Heartland Fall Forum, NCIBA Fall Discovery Show, and the SCIBA Trade Show will have the opportunity to attend the all-new ABA education session “The Economics of Publishing and How They Impact Booksellers.”

    ABC Best Books Catalog to Begin Arriving Next Week: Promotional Resources Available

    Resources are now available to help booksellers promote the titles in the 2015 ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalog, which is scheduled to begin arriving in stores next week.

    Banned Books Week Survey Seeks Booksellers’ Views

    The American Booksellers for Free Expression is asking booksellers to evaluate this year’s Banned Books Week by replying to a brief survey.

    Media Coalition Launches Foundation to Advance Defense of First Amendment

    Media Coalition has created a foundation that offers individuals and other entities the opportunity to make tax-deductible contributions to help further its work protecting the public’s right to access the broadest possible range of information, opinion, and entertainment.

    Health Care “Fix” Meets with Mixed Reactions From Retail Groups

    The Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act, a bill that amends the Affordable Care Act, has passed the U.S. House and Senate. If signed by the President, the legislation would give states the right to determine what size business constitutes a “small business.”

    IndieCommerce Tips and Training

    The latest edition of IndieCommunication features tips on color coding events calendars and highlighting the ABC Best Books for Young Readers catalog on IndieCommerce sites, as well as information about registration for the next training webinar.

    Direct Purchasing of Devices From Kobo Starts October 12

    Beginning October 12, ABA member bookstores can order the brand-new Aura H2O and Glo HD eReaders directly from a new Kobo corporate site. New Kobo promotional designs are also available in ABA’s Designs and Downloads for both devices.

    An Indies Introduce Q&A With Nicola Yoon

    Nicola Yoon is the author of Everything, Everything, a Summer/Fall 2015 Indies Introduce title for young adults, which Arna Lewis of Buttonwood Books & Toys called “a love story of unforgettable emotion.”

    Turntable Project Spins Vinyl Into Sales Opportunity and Charity Effort

    In response to a surge in demand for vinyl, book industry veteran Carl Lennertz has founded the Turntable Project, through which booksellers can stock their stores with new vinyl and turntables and also nominate a local school in need to receive a record player of its own.

    Clinton Book Shop Owner Organizes Town’s First Harvest Festival

    Harvey Finkel, owner of The Clinton Book Shop, is coordinating Clinton, New Jersey’s first Apple ‘n’ Pumpkin Harvest Festival to be held this Sunday, October 11.

    Around Indies

    McNally Jackson to open new location in 2017; Kepler’s offering GiftLit book subscriptions; Spellbound becomes party central; Scuppernong gets the Banned Books Week blues

    BTW News Briefs

    Top online communities for small business owners; National Reading Group Month’s 2015 Great Group Reads; Ingram to distribute Humanoids Inc.; Consortium adds seven distribution clients; Svetlana Alexievich wins Nobel Prize in Literature; Keen Communications acquires Adventure Publications

    The October 2015 Indie Baseball Bestseller List

    In celebration of the Major League Baseball post-season, here is the Indie Baseball Bestseller List, based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending October 4, 2015.

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    Clinton Book Shop owner Harvey Finkel is coordinating Clinton, New Jersey’s first Apple ’n Pumpkin Harvest Festival scheduled for October 11. The event will take place following the town’s weekly seasonal farmers’ market, which Finkel founded in 2010. 

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