Headlines for the week of July 27, 2016

    A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

    In his bimonthly letter, ABA’s CEO discusses the recent updates to a core ABA member service: the Book Buyer’s Handbook.

    Ci4 Panel Takes on Literacy Development for Babies and Toddlers

    The ABC Children’s Institute panel “Literacy Development for Babies and Toddlers” featured three booksellers and an early childhood education specialist discussing how to help customers choose the appropriate books for children at different stages of development.

    Creating Inviting, Inclusive Spaces for People With Special Needs

    Booksellers shared best practices for ensuring all customers, particularly those with disabilities, feel at home in their stores during an education session at last month’s Children’s Institute.

    The August ’16 Now in Paperback/Revisit & Rediscover Flier, Shelf-Talkers

    Downloadable fliers and shelf-talkers are now available to promote the August Indie Next List’s Next Great Reads, Now in Paperback titles, and Revisit & Rediscover backlist favorites.

    Bookworks Customer Wins June Indie Next List Great Reads Giveaway

    The winner of the Indie Next List Great Reads giveaway for June is Laura Murray of Sunriver, Oregon, who picked up her Indie Next List flier and entry coupon at The Bookworks in Pacific Grove, California.

    Books Inc. Branch Debuts in Santa Clara

    The Santa Clara Square Marketplace, where the newest Books Inc. branch is located, held a grand opening celebration on Tuesday, July 26.

    When a Bookstore Is Also a Safe Haven

    Here, reprinted from a recent issue of Publishers Weekly, ABA President Betsy Burton talks about how, in troubling times, bookstores play an important role as a place to gather, reflect, talk, and heal.

    Guantánamo Diary Author Recommended for Release

    A government review board has recommended that Mohamedou Ould Slahi, the author of Guantánamo Diary and an inmate of the U.S. prison in Cuba for 14 years, be released.

    Twitter Opens Verification Process to All Users

    Twitter has launched an online application process to allow accounts to receive verified status, which helps users identify the authentic accounts of various people and organizations.

    An Indies Introduce Q&A With Yaa Gyasi

    Yaa Gyasi is the author of the Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce debut title Homegoing: A Novel, which Sarajane Giddings of Blue Door Books called “a stunning debut.”

    Last Call for Member Input on Digital Audiobook Needs

    ABA members have until August 2 to complete a brief survey about what their stores might want and need from an affiliate-based, third-party digital audiobook program.

    Bookstores Use IndieCommerce’s Wish List Feature to Create Gift Registries

    Two ABA member stores, Greenlight Bookstore and Politics & Prose, have repurposed IndieCommerce’s wish list feature so that customers can also use it to set up gift registries.

    South Carolina Calligraphy Store Expands Book Offerings

    Bobbi Hahn, owner of calligraphy art and gift store By Hand, Ink in Hilton Head, South Carolina, recently expanded her store’s book offerings after moving to a larger space within the Shops at Sea Pines Center.

    Man Booker Prize Announces 2016 Longlist

    The longlist for the 2016 Man Booker Prize, announced on Wednesday, July 27, includes 13 titles written originally in English and published in the U.K.

    Minimum Wage Roundup

    Here’s a look at some of this week’s minimum wage stories making the news in Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington State.

    Around Indies

    Minnesota’s Village Bookstore purchased by mall; Page & Palette’s Karin Wilson running for mayor; L.A.’s The Last Bookstore subject of new documentary

    BTW News Briefs

    Hastings Entertainment to close all stores; Ingram launches Ingram Academic Services; IPG to distribute five new publishers; Hachette Book Group reorganizes sales staff; 800-CEO-READ appoints new CEO; Midwest Booksellers Choice Awards winners announced

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    Local cheerleaders posed with Clifford the Big Red Dog this Tuesday at the grand opening of Books Inc.'s newest branch in Santa Clara, California.