Effective January 1, the operations of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression will be integrated into ABA’s in order to expand the free speech programming available to independent booksellers.
In an e-mail aimed at IndieCommerce stores whose websites have not yet migrated to the Drupal 7 platform, ABA Technology Director Neil Strandberg announced this week that all remaining website upgrades would take place between January 5 and March 31, 2015.
Last year’s Indies First activities on Small Business Saturday garnered a lot of attention for independent booksellers, and more of the same is expected for this year’s celebrations on November 29. However, to keep the momentum going, stores need to add all of their Indies First and Upstream plans to the activity registry on BookWeb.org.
In support of Indies First, Ingram Content Group has launched a holiday promotion for independent booksellers, which provides free freight, additional discounts on popular titles, and the opportunity to earn a percentage back on eligible purchases this season.
Detriot Public Television’s live stream coverage of the 31st Miami Book Fair International will be available for broadcast on bookstore websites from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, November 21; noon to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 22; and noon to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 23.
Following protests by ABA and NAIBA, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a bill that would have punished bookstores that mistakenly disclose customer information to the police and other third parties.
Now is the time to make your reservations for Winter Institute 10’s customized tours of the Biltmore Estate and/or historic Asheville. Tours are being offered on Sunday, February 8, and Thursday, February 12, and each has been tailored to highlight details with special appeal to booksellers.
Trident Booksellers and Café celebrates 30 years; Main Street Books marks 25th anniversary; Toadstool responds to Cyber Monday with Cider Monday; RoscoeBooks to open this weekend; Open bookstore to re-open in book bar; Village Books gives more than $16,000 to teachers; breathe books to close in Hampden; A Room of One’s Own’s Torkildson named exceptional business leader; Santa Cruz’s Neal Coonerty honored with lifetime achievement award; Book Passage’s Calvin Crosby joins McSweeney’s
Penguin Random House to launch #GiveaBook campaign; Patriot Act reform falls short; Lennertz starts ExpressEdit.net; SIBA receives $40,000 grant; Ingram Publisher Services adds three clients; U.K. Books Are My Bag campaign boosts sales