Headlines for the week of October 23, 2014

    October 31 Deadline for Winter/Spring Indies Introduce Sign-up

    Next Friday, October 31, is the last day for ABA member booksellers who are new to the Indies Introduce Debut Authors and New Voices promotions to sign up for special offers on Winter/Spring 2015 titles.

    Order Now to Receive Special Indies First Publisher Offers

    Booksellers must order by October 31 to take advantage of special terms from publishers who are showing their support for the Indies First campaign with unique offers on a wide array of frontlist and backlist titles.

    Handler Partners With The Booksmith on Upstream

    Following his announcement of the Upstream initiative last week, Daniel Handler will be working with The Booksmith to provide customers with signed copies of his titles.

    Accessing Capital: A Conversation With SBA’s Ann Marie Mehlum

    Ann Marie Mehlum, associate administrator of capital access for the U.S. Small Business Administration, discusses what SBA is doing to help independent bookstores gain access to capital and best practices that booksellers can use to increase their chances of success.

    Survey Seeks Bookseller Input to Improve Book Buyers Handbook

    ABA is asking booksellers to complete a short online survey aimed at improving and focusing the content in the Book Buyers Handbook.

    Last Chance to Get On Board With New Kobo Aura H2O

    To take advantage of the special, one-time Kobo Aura H2O holiday order, supported by ABA, stores must place their orders via the Kobo Reporting Tool by next Monday, October 27.

    Orders for Independent Bookstore Day Totes Due October 30

    Booksellers have just one more week to order specially designed Independent Bookstore Day tote bags, featuring a special six-panel  illustration, “Time-to-Spare Book Club,” by 2014 National Book Award nonfiction finalist Roz Chast.

    Curious Iguana Goes Global With Donations Under Innovative Business Model

    Since its opening in September 2013, Curious Iguana in Frederick, Maryland, has donated more than $10,000 to international charities through its operations as a benefit corporation.

    Workshop for New & Prospective Bookstore Owners to Be Held Prior to Winter Institute

    The workshop “Introduction to Retail Bookselling” will offer a crash course in critical aspects of bookstore ownership and management for new and prospective booksellers on Sunday, February 8, prior to the Winter Institute.

    Small Business Saturday Promotional Materials Now Available

    Booksellers can ramp up their publicity efforts for Small Business Saturday with free marketing materials from American Express/Shop Small.

    Krugman: Amazon’s Bookselling “Monopsony Is Not O.K.”

    In a New York Times op-ed dated October 19, economist Paul Krugman contends that Amazon.com is not so much a monopolist, but a “monopsonist, a dominant buyer with the power to push prices down.”

    New & Ongoing E-Book Promotions

    Nine e-book promotions were recently added to the IndieCommerce Publisher Promotions page. Categories include Halloween reads, World Series titles, and cookbooks.

    Around Indies

    Vallejo Bookstore opens; Greenville, South Carolina, bookstore finds a home; Papercuts JP launches Indiegogo campaign

    BTW News Briefs

    Consortium adds four distribution clients; AmEx Open study looks at state of women-owned businesses; Lonely Planet names senior sales manager

    The Indie Mystery & Thriller Bestseller List

    Based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending October 19, 2014.

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    Curious Iguana in Frederick, Maryland, established itself last year as a benefits corporation and has donated more than $10,000 to international charities through its business model.

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