Headlines for the week of September 13, 2017

    Booksellers gather at Winter Institute 12; registration opens today for Winter Institute 13.
    Posted on Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017

    Registration for ABA’s 13th annual Winter Institute opened on Wednesday afternoon, September 13, to all ABA bookstore and provisional members. The institute reached full capacity on Thursday morning, September 14.

    Indies Introduce
    By Sydney Jarrard on Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017

    Publishers are once again offering specials on 10 adult and 10 children’s titles chosen by panels of ABA member booksellers from across the U.S. as the top debuts of the upcoming publishing season.

    By Sydney Jarrard on Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017
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    By Sydney Jarrard on Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017

    Booksellers can take advantage of special Indies First offers from more than 30 university presses, many of which have added their top picks to a convenient reference list for booksellers planning orders.

    By Liz Button on Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017

    The bookselling industry is working on relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which devastated parts of Houston and was soon followed by Hurricane Irma, which affected the Caribbean and southeastern U.S.

    Posted on Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017

    Ingram’s Perseus Distribution rebranded as Two Rivers Distribution; Esquire’s Mark Warren named Random House executive editor; Scholastic staff changes; HarperCollins announces formation of HarperCollins Hungary; Gabriella Page-Fort named PW Star Watch Superstar; 2017 Dayton Literary Peace Prize shortlist announced

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    By Julie Moran Alterio on Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017

    Through the American Booksellers Association’s new Lovepop affinity program, booksellers can purchase high-quality 3D paper art greeting cards to sell in their stores.

    By Liz Button on Monday, Sep 11, 2017

    ABA members will find an array of programming and special offers at the New England Independent Booksellers Association’s fall regional trade show, from September 18–20 in Providence, Rhode Island.

    By Julie Moran Alterio on Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017

    Visitors to IndieBound.org will now have the same experience whether they are browsing from a computer, smartphone, or tablet following recent technological upgrades to the site.

    ABACUS 16 Logo
    Posted on Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017

    The ABACUS-16 survey is a unique tool that can help booksellers with strategic and financial planning, gaining access to capital, negotiating with landlords, and more.

    By Sydney Jarrard on Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017

    In response to bookstore member requests, ABA is launching a new annual Indie Next List Holiday Gift Guide flier, which will feature bookseller-recommended adult and children’s gift books.

    By Sydney Jarrard on Friday, Sep 8, 2017

    Ilsa Govan, who delivered an inspiring keynote speech at Children’s Institute earlier this year, will present an engaging workshop for booksellers just ahead of the SIBA and MPIBA trade shows.

    Posted on Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017

    The ABA Nominating Committee is looking for qualified candidates to serve on the ABA Board of Directors. Any ABA member may nominate a qualified candidate, including themselves.

    Posted on Friday, Sep 8, 2017

    For the third year in a row, author James Patterson is offering his Holiday Bonus Program to reward bookstore employees who are making a difference in their stores and their communities.

    By David Grogan on Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017

    Late last week, Amazon issued a request for proposals as it looks to build a $5 billion second headquarters somewhere in North America.

    Posted on Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017

    The Advocates for Independent Businesses recently launched a survey to assess how indies are being impacted by changes in the retail business. ABA is encouraging booksellers to complete the survey.

    Banned Books Week poster
    By Julie Moran Alterio on Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017

    Banned Books Week is September 24 to 30, and booksellers across the country are readying displays, events, promotions, and social media campaigns designed to spark debate and reflection about the nature of censorship and the rights of citizens to select their own books.

    By Liz Button on Monday, Sep 11, 2017

    This second installment of BTW’s new occasional series “How We Sell Backlist” features Karen Hayes, who co-owns Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, with author Ann Patchett.

    Posted on Friday, Sep 8, 2017

    Here, PartnerShip, an ABA business service affinity partner, offers an update about holiday shipping surcharges from UPS and FedEx.

    Posted on Tuesday, Sep 12, 2017

    Kobo is now offering an audiobook subscription plan to U.S. customers for $9.99 per month.

    Betsy Burton speaks at the 40th birthday party for The King’s English Bookshop.
    Posted on Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017

    The King’s English Bookshop celebrates 40 years; The Raven Book Store marks 30 years with change in ownership; Books & Mortar expanding in Grand Rapids; Ann Patchett speaks at Interabang Books grand opening; HugoBooks takes over café; Blue Ridge Books moving to new spot

    Title: Around Indies
    Man Booker logo
    By Liz Button on Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017

    The Man Group has announced the six authors who have made the shortlist for the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

    By Liz Button on Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017

    The National Book Foundation is announcing the longlists for the 2017 National Book Awards this week.

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    Group shot at Raven Book Store

    Four owners of The Raven Book Store, both past and present, were at the Lawrence, Kansas, store’s 30th anniversary party on September 8. From left: Danny Caine (2017-present), Mary Lou Wright and Pat Kehde (1987-2008), and Heidi Raak (2008-2017).