Headlines for the week of July 20, 2016

    Booksellers, Publishers Decode Leveled Books for Early Readers

    How to use leveled book designations to guide parents and children to appropriate reading choices that are both fun and educational was the subject of a panel discussion at last month’s Children’s Institute.

    Booksellers and Librarians Share Tips for Successful Partnerships

    During a joint education session with the American Library Association, bookseller and library panelists at the ABC Children’s Institute discussed how to create and sustain mutually beneficial partnerships.

    Jacqueline Woodson on Another Brooklyn, August’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

    Jacqueline Woodson’s first title for adults in 20 years is “a beautiful, heart-wrenching novel of a young girl’s coming-of-age in Brooklyn,” said Nicole Yasinsky of The Booksellers at Laurelwood.

    Pokémon Go: A Pokéxegesis

    Among the booksellers who see benefits in the Pokémon Go phenomenon is Caleb Zane of Avid Bookshop, who noted that “businesses, especially bookstores, always benefit if they promote enthusiasm, in all its forms.”

    An Indies Introduce Q&A With Martin Seay

    Martin Seay is the author of The Mirror Thief, a Winter/Spring 2016 Indies Introduce title that “will leave readers breathless,” said Jeremy Ellis of Brazos Bookstore.

    Libro.fm Offers Digital Audiobook Platform for Bookstores

    A new online platform created by the Seattle-based technology company Libro.fm allows independent bookstores to offer digital audiobooks to their customers through cobranded online storefronts.

    Member Input Sought on Digital Audiobook Needs

    To help facilitate discussions with digital audiobook providers, ABA is asking members to complete a brief survey about what their stores might want and need from an affiliate-based, third-party digital audiobook program.

    The Republican Party Platform and Small Businesses

    On Monday, the Republican Party adopted a national platform that includes provisions relating to the role of small businesses in the American economy.

    Daybreak Press Global Bookshop Creates Hub for Community Dialogue

    Daybreak Press Global Bookshop in Minneapolis provides a safe space where people from all walks of life can safely come together to share their passions, learn from one another, and engage with complex social issues.

    Retail Sales at Bookstores Up in May

    Retail sales at bookstores were up by 3.1 percent in May 2016 compared to May 2015, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

    Around Indies

    Zenith Bookstore to open in Minnesota; Mesilla Book Center marks half a century; Hans Weyandt to manage Milkweed bookstore; Bookstores to celebrate National Coloring Book Day

    BTW News Briefs

    Candlewick to publish interactive tie-ins to J.K. Rowling movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; IPG acquires INscribe Digital; Simon &Schuster to distribute Hazelden Publishing; WNBA announces new executive officers; SCIBA Book Award finalists announced; PEN America urges presidential candidates to provide open environment for journalists

    The Indie Politics & Current Events Bestseller List

    Based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending July 17, 2016.

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    Customers and staff at Daybreak Press Global Bookshop & Gathering Space in Minneapolis staged a sit-in in support of the recent #nobillnobreak campaign led by House Democrats to force a vote on gun control.