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Headlines for the week of August 14, 2014

Last Call: ABACUS-13 Deadline Tomorrow

Midnight tomorrow, Friday, August 15, is the deadline for ABA member stores to submit their financial data to the ABACUS-13 Survey.

HarperCollins Offers New Promotional Fund for Indie Accounts

The HarperCollins Promotional Fund makes additional marketing dollars available to independent retailers for the company’s 2015 fiscal year, which began July 1, 2014.

Expanded Banned Books Week Promotion Launches August 20

Starting August 20, booksellers can view a list of more than 450 banned and challenged titles via Ingram’s ipage®. Orders of 30 or more books per store entitle purchasers to a “Banned Books Week in a Box” display kit and additional discounts on initial and subsequent orders.

September 1 Deadline for ABC Best Books for Children Catalog

Orders for additional copies of this year’s ABC Best Books for Children Catalog must be placed by September 1 via BookWeb’s online order form.

Binc to Hold Cell Phone Recycling Drives at Regional Shows

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation will be holding used cell phone recycling drives at each of this fall’s regional trade shows. Proceeds from the drives will help pay emergency expenses for booksellers in need.

Politics & Prose to Showcase Fellow Indies at National Book Festival

At this month’s National Book Festival, official bookseller Politics & Prose will be sharing the spotlight with fellow indie bookstores through a specially created wallpaper showcasing all of ABA’s member stores.

Collected Works Displays Authors United Ad, Window Cling to Foster Conversations

Customers entering Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse in Santa Fe, New Mexico, this week are being greeted by a display of the Authors United ad that ran in the August 10 edition of the New York Times.

Kobo Event for Booksellers and Authors Held at Fiction Addiction

A Kobo Writing Life event at SIBA’s Annual Summer Revival brought booksellers and self-published authors together at Fiction Addiction in Greenville, South Carolina, on July 18.

Annie Philbrick Shares Her Bookselling Story With Teenreads

Earlier this summer, Annie Philbrick of Bank Square Books talked with The Book Report Network’s Teenreads about becoming a bookstore owner, the store’s role within the coastal community, and her favorite — and least favorite — parts of the job.

An Indies Introduce New Voices Q&A With Dana Alison Levy

Dana Alison Levy is the author of The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher, a New Voices pick for middle-graders that Sara Hines of Eight Cousins calls “a laugh-out-loud story of a patchwork family that balances zany antics with heartfelt moments.”

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in June

Retail sales at bookstores were down by 7.5 percent in June 2014 compared to June 2013, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

New & Ongoing E-Book Promotions

Four e-book promotions were recently added to the IndieCommerce Publisher Promotions page. Categories include books from author Charles Bukowski, fiction, and celebrity memoirs.

Around Indies

breathe books’ Weis-Bohlen ready to turn the page; Oxford Exchange to feature Rizzoli “Studio” site; Florida stores plan Bookstore Day; Weller Book Works celebrates 85 years of bookselling; Strand launches Signed First Editions subscriptions; Carmichael’s Kids opens

BTW News Briefs

RosettaBooks inks deal with Ingram Publisher Services; Best Little Bookshop goes beta; Binc Foundation honored, names new Board members; Finalists for 2014 Thurber Prize announced

Carmichael’s Kids celebrated its grand opening on August 10 with a block party for the Louisville, Kentucky, community. The dedicated children’s bookstore is managed by Kelly Estep (pictured above). Photo by Frankie Steele, special to the Courier-Journal.

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