Headlines for the week of October 16, 2014

    Daniel Handler Launches Upstream Initiative in Support of Indie Bookstores

    To encourage even more authors to support Indies First, author Daniel Handler, also known as Lemony Snicket, has unveiled Upstream, an initiative inviting writers nationwide to partner with independent bookstores to sign stock of their books to keep on hand.

    Franklin Foer: Troubling How Amazon Defenders Ignore Bookselling Monopoly

    New Republic editor Franklin Foer struck a nerve. His article “Amazon Must Be Stopped” — in which he argued that Amazon’s monopolistic actions needed to be addressed by a robust regulatory state — garnered a tremendous, “fairly polarized” reaction from readers.

    Nomination Deadline for ABA Board Candidates October 20

    The deadline for ABA members to nominate candidates for the association’s 2015 Board of Directors elections is next Tuesday, October 20.

    Sign-up Deadline for Winter/Spring 2015 Indies Introduce Promo Approaches

    ABA member stores that have not signed up for the Winter/Spring 2015 Indies Introduce Debut Authors and New Voices promotion and have not participated in past Indies Introduce promotions have just two weeks left.

    ABA Announces Special Introductory Order for Kobo Aura H2O

    Bookstores participating in the Kobo program can take advantage of a special one-time-only introductory order for the recently released Kobo Aura H2O. The deadline for ordering is Monday, October 27.

    Order Now: Limited-Edition Independent Bookstore Day Tote Designed by Roz Chast

    Through October 30, booksellers can order a canvas tote bag designed by cartoonist Roz Chast for Independent Bookstore Day, to be held on a national level on May 2, 2015.

    ABA, NAIBA Urge Veto of Bill Punishing New Jersey Indies

    ABA and the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association are urging New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to veto a bill that discriminates against independent bookstores that mistakenly disclose customer information to the police and other third parties.
     

    Extra Stock of ABC Best Books Catalog Available

    ABA member booksellers who want to supplement their supplies of the 2014 ABC Best Books for Children Catalog can place an order now via an online form.

    A Holiday Preparations Checklist

    Here we present BTW’s annual holiday preparations checklist in the hopes that booksellers will find something to help their businesses run just a little smoother during this busy time.

    Publishers Offer Rapid Replenishment for the Holidays

    HarperCollins, Random House, and Simon & Schuster have each announced some form of expedited order fulfillment for the holiday season.

    2014 National Book Award Finalists Announced

    The 20 finalists for the National Book Awards in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature were announced on Wednesday morning, October 15, on NPR’s Morning Edition by Books & Books owner Mitchell Kaplan.

    Retail Sales at Bookstores Up in August

    Retail sales at bookstores were up by 3.4 percent in August 2014 compared to August 2013, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.
     

    New & Ongoing E-Book Promotions

    Nine e-book promotions were recently added to the IndieCommerce Publisher Promotions page. Categories include historical romance, fiction, and Halloween reads. 

    Around Indies

    Books Inc. to relocate Fourth Street store in 2015; Between the Covers owner honored as entrepreneur of the year; Brazos, AFA inspire music through essay contest; Quail Ridge video features highlights of 30th anniversary celebration

    BTW News Briefs

    Richard Flanagan wins Man Booker Prize for Fiction; First Amendment groups challenge Idaho school’s parental consent form; Eric Schwartz joins Columbia University Press as editorial director

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    Author Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, has sent letters inviting both fellow authors and independent booksellers to participate in Upstream, a program designed to connect authors with indie bookstores to offer autographed books to readers.

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