Headlines for the issue of April 18, 2018

    Robert Sindelar at Third Place Books
    Posted on Tuesday, Apr 17, 2018

    In a letter to members, ABA President Robert Sindelar looks ahead to BookExpo 2018 and a series of upcoming publisher partner meetings to discuss indie bookstore-publisher relationships.

    Calling all published booksellers
    By Sydney Jarrard on Tuesday, Apr 17, 2018

    New this year, the Galley Room in the ABA Member Lounge at BookExpo will feature frontlist and backlist titles by booksellers. Members who would like to see their books featured should let ABA know.

    By Liz Button on Wednesday, Apr 11, 2018
    Posted on Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018

    The collaborative learning space will offer visitors insights into the best merchandising practices to help drive success and engagement for the in-store and community experience. 

    By Sydney Jarrard on Thursday, Apr 12, 2018

    All staff at ABA member stores are invited to cast their ballots to choose the winners of the 2018 Indies Choice Book Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards. The voting deadline is May 2.

    By Sydney Jarrard on Tuesday, Apr 17, 2018

    Booksellers should start planning what to wear to the ABC Children’s Institute opening reception and costume party. Prizes will be awarded for a variety of categories, including best villain, best fierce female, best ensemble costume, and more.

    By Sydney Jarrard on Thursday, Apr 12, 2018

    The Spring Forums, featuring the ABA education session “A Year of Bookstore Profitability,” will be held April 23 in St. Louis, Missouri, and April 25 in Evergreen, Colorado.

    Greedy Reads interior
    By Sydney Jarrard on Friday, Apr 13, 2018

    The first quarter of 2018 saw 15 ABA member store openings and eight sales of existing businesses to new owners. Among the openings are a book and game store, a children’s bookstore, and a new branch of an established bookstore.

    By Liz Button on Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018

    ABA has hired Mary Cate Stevenson and Noah Nofz, the couple who make up Houston-based digital media marketing company Two Cats Communications, as the association’s new social media coordinators.

    By Sydney Jarrard on Tuesday, Apr 17, 2018

    Materials to promote the Summer Reading Superheroes challenge include a bingo card, a critical thinking activity game, STEM and STEAM inspired activities, and printable stickers.

    By Sydney Jarrard on Thursday, Apr 12, 2018

    All main store members of the American Booksellers Association were sent an e-mail from CEO Oren Teicher that included a link to the ballot for the 2018 Board of Directors elections; ballots are due May 1.

    US Supreme Court
    By David Grogan on Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018

    South Dakota v. Wayfair, Overstock, and Newegg addresses online retailers’ obligation to collect and remit sales tax and what constitutes a business’ physical presence in a state.

    By Maria Peroni on Monday, Apr 16, 2018

    The “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act” (FOSTA) authorizes prosecutors to target websites that host sex trafficking advertisements and creates new civil liability for the sites.

    By Maria Peroni on Monday, Apr 16, 2018

    ABA and Civic Economics have made available a variety of resources to support booksellers’ efforts to promote discussion and take action to ensure that Amazon competes with their stores on a level playing field.

    By Sydney Jarrard on Monday, Apr 16, 2018

    Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were up by 2.3 percent in February 2018 compared to February 2017, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. As of April 11, the year-to-date sales for independent bookstores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, were up more than 4.5 percent over 2017. 

    Posted on Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018

    W.W. Norton to launch Norton Young Readers; McGuire named new Atria publisher; HMH announces promotions in sales department; Megan Fishmann promoted to associate publisher, publicity director for Catapult; PEN America responds to festival participant’s rejection by U.S. immigration; Pulitzer Prize winners, New England Society Book Award finalists, Young Lions Fiction Award finalists, Man Booker International Prize shortlist announced

    By Liz Button on Thursday, Jan 25, 2018
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    Website on a computer
    Posted on Friday, Apr 13, 2018

    The IndieCommunication newsletter for April 12 includes details about a webinar on creating mobile-friendly websites, a marketing roundtable, displaying secure content, and a tip of the week.

    By Liz Button on Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018

    Booksellers at Winter Institute heard from bookseller and publisher panelists about how to use creative marketing, merchandising, events, and hand-selling to sell more books in specific genres.

    Posted on Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018

    LIBRIS, the insurance program supported by ABA that offers tailored, affordable bookstore coverage, is encouraging booksellers to schedule a regular retail safety audit to help lower their liability.

    Shaking hands with Rob Sanders
    By Liz Button on Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018

    Tombolo Books, now in pop-up form in St. Petersburg, Florida, recently hosted its first book launch, in celebration of Rob Sanders’ new picture book, Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag.

    By Liz Button on Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018

    Retired teacher and culinary professional Tina Greene-Bevington is opening Bay Books, a new general-interest bookstore in Suttons Bay, Michigan, featuring regional author talks and book clubs.

    Posted on Wednesday, Apr 18, 2018

    Busboys and Poets to open in Denver; KiCam Books & Gifts opens in Ohio; Eight Cousins reopens; Fireside Books changes hands; River House Books bought by local businessowners; Staff changes at Harvard Book Store; Rakestraw Books celebrates 45 years; Breakwater Books celebrates renovations; All Things Considered features Literati Bookstore; Maine Public Radio features Blue Hill Books, Print, Longfellow; Ellen Plumb’s gets an Espresso Book Machine; Pegasus Books named best bookstore

    Title: Around Indies
    Posted on Tuesday, Apr 17, 2018

    Based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending April 15, 2018.

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    Rob Sanders and fan

    Florida author Rob Sanders signs his newest picture book, Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag, last week at ArtsXchange in St. Petersburg, at the first book launch hosted by Tombolo Books.