Headlines for the issue of January 17, 2018

    Four Days in Memphis
    Posted on Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018

    The pleasures of Memphis are many — rock ‘n’ roll, the blues, barbecue, and history — and the perfect backdrop for the pleasures and indulgences of ABA’s 2018 Winter Institute. Here’s a slightly opinionated overview from ABA Membership and Marketing Officer Meg Smith to help you navigate the busy, exciting days ahead.

    Gary Shteyngart
    By Liz Button on Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018

    Bestselling author Gary Shteyngart, writer of the forthcoming novel Lake Success, will appear as a keynote speaker on the final day of this year’s Winter Institute in Memphis.

    By Liz Button on Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018

    Morten T. Hansen, author of the upcoming book Great at Work, will lead an advanced education session at Winter Institute to teach participating bookstore owners and managers how they can “work smarter.”

    By Julie Moran Alterio on Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018

    The Memphis Cook Convention Center is the hub of Wi13, with six nearby hotels serving as the home base for booksellers, publishers, authors, and other attendees. 

    By Sydney Jarrard on Friday, Jan 12, 2018

    With Winter Institute just around the corner, now is the time to review this helpful checklist filled with reminders and tips for how to best navigate the event.

    By Liz Button on Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018

    The first day of Winter Institute will feature fun with typewriters, including an appearance by custom poetry group Typewriter Rodeo and a chance to try out the typewriter from Literati Bookstore.

    By Julie Moran Alterio on Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018

    Booksellers will learn what diversity means for today’s workforce as well as discover how embracing inclusiveness can boost profitability.

    By Sydney Jarrard on Friday, Jan 12, 2018

    The Consultation Station at Winter Institute 13 features representatives from 34 of ABA’s affiliated business solution partners, POS vendors, and other service providers.

    By Julie Moran Alterio on Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018

    The special Winter Institute performance will feature authors Charles Frazier, Elizabeth Acevedo, and Dar Williams as well as Memphis soul band The Bo-Keys. 

    By Sydney Jarrard on Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018

    All panelists appearing at Winter Institute are now listed on BookWeb and in the Winter Institute app.

    By Sydney Jarrard on Friday, Jan 12, 2018

    The next edition of Bookselling This Week will arrive in your inbox late Thursday afternoon, January 25, with reports and plenty of photos from Winter Institute 13 in Memphis.

    By Liz Button on Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018
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    By David Grogan on Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018

    The Advocates for Independent Business is urging the General Services Administration to remember the value of shopping locally as they design Section 846 of the National Defense Authorization Act.

    Posted on Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018

    In a significant first step toward potentially leveling the playing field for all retailers, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to consider a case that would change the legal obligation of online retailers regarding collecting sales tax.

    Posted on Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018

    The move to reauthorize a controversial mass surveillance law cleared a critical hurdle this week as the Senate voted 60-38 to invoke cloture on the bill, opening the door for the Senate to vote on the bill.

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    Posted on Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018

    Booksellers can now place their orders for exclusive, literary-themed items for this year’s celebration of Independent Bookstore Day. Orders are due February 2.

    Posted on Sunday, Jan 14, 2018

    The Book Industry Charitable Foundation will award up to $109,000 in scholarships to eligible bookstore employees and owners. Applications are due March 5, 2018.

    By Julie Moran Alterio on Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018

    #HarperCollinsLovesIndies will highlight another 50-plus indie bookstores on Facebook Live this year. In addition, staff will be on hand to make Facebook Live videos at next week’s Winter Institute.

    Posted on Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018

    Beth Ineson has more than 25 years of experience in the book business in New England and has been a supporter of independent bookstores in all of her roles.

    Posted on Friday, Jan 12, 2018

    Online preregistration for the 2018 Find Waldo Local campaign opens on January 23. Participation in the seventh annual small business scavenger hunt is capped at 250 ABA member stores.

    Posted on Thursday, Jan 11, 2018

    WNDB will donate 2,000 copies of each of the 2018 Walter Award-winning titles, Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds and Schomburg by Carole Boston Weatherford, to schools with limited budgets.

    By Sydney Jarrard on Friday, Jan 12, 2018

    Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 6 percent in November 2017 compared to November 2016, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. Year-end 2017 sales for independent bookstores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, were up 2.6 percent over 2016.

    Posted on Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018

    PBS announces key authors appearing on The Great American Read; WNBA seeks Pannell Award nominations; Three booksellers join MPIBA Board; PEN to honor Stephen King; Sourcebooks launches “Love Your Library Like a Carnegie!”; NBF elects board members; Proposed New York budget includes sales tax fairness measure; IngramSpark Ignite Awards honor two ABA members; National Jewish Book Award winners announced

    By Liz Button on Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018
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    By Liz Button on Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018

    Former U.S. Border Patrol Agent Francisco Cantú’s debut, The Line Becomes a River, is indie booksellers’ number-one title for the February Indie Next List.

    Posted on Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018

    Escape Artist is a gripping, sad, inspirational, and amazing story of being on death row in America’s worst prison,” said Chris Morrow of Northshire Bookstore.

    Posted on Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018

    Based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending January 14, 2018.

    By Julie Moran Alterio on Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018

    Bookstores using ABA’s IndieCommerce platform experienced increased online sales this holiday season, with revenues, transactions, and the percent of visitors who placed an order all on the rise.

    Get Lit. is a new bookstore.
    Posted on Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018

    Indie bookstore Get Lit. opens in Arizona; Half Price Books plans new store for Kansas; Duende District adds pop-up shop; Employees taking over Virginia’s Book People as owner retires; New owners settling in at Bookstore of Glen Ellyn; Bridge Street Books to become nonprofit; Politics and Prose owners named Washingtonians of the Year; New general manager named at Harvard Book Store; Avid Bookshop’s Janet Geddis tapped for TEDx Talk

    Title: Around Indies

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    Kenny Brechner

    Kenny Brechner, owner of Devaney, Doak and Garrett Booksellers in Farmington, Maine, records an in-store Facebook Live video in March 2017 for the #HarperCollinsLovesIndies bookseller initiative, now in its second year. The half-hour video got 2,800 views on the store’s site alone.