Final Chance: Halloween Deadline for Indies First Special Offers, Indies Introduce Sign-up

    Friday, October 31, is the last day for ABA member stores to take advantage of great offers from publishers participating in this year’s Indies First promotion, as well as the final day to sign up for the Indies Introduce program for Winter/Spring 2015.

    A Report on the ABA Board’s October 2014 Meeting

    The American Booksellers Association’s Board of Directors met from October 19 to October 21 in Santa Rosa, California, and covered a range of business.

    Baker & Taylor Awards Scholarships to April 2015 Children’s Institute

    Baker & Taylor, the lead sponsor of the April 2015 ABC Children’s Institute, has awarded one scholarship to the institute to an ABA member store at each of this fall’s eight regional shows.

    A Q&A With Small Business Saturday’s Katie Washington

    Katie Washington, director of Shop Small and Small Business Saturday at American Express OPEN, talks about the origins of the program, new resources available to participating businesses, and what makes the event so popular.

    Using Social Media to Promote Indies First and Small Business Saturday

    Here are tips to help booksellers spread the word via social media about their upcoming Indies First plans and Upstream partnerships.

    ABA, We Need Diverse Books Partner to Offer Resources and Education

    ABA and the grassroots organization We Need Diverse Books are working together on educational kits for bookstores, learning opportunities at the Winter Institute, and other efforts to keep the need for non-majority narratives in the spotlight.

    The November ’14 Now in Paperback Flier & Shelf-Talkers

    The November Indie Next List’s 12 “Now in Paperback” titles are featured with bookseller quotes on a downloadable flier and shelf-talkers.

    Last Chance to Order Independent Bookstore Day Totes

    Booksellers have until the end of the day today, October 30, to place their orders for specially designed Independent Bookstore Day canvas tote bags, featuring an illustration by 2014 National Book Award nonfiction finalist Roz Chast.

    Winter Institute to Feature Publisher-Sponsored After Parties

    After busy days on Sunday, February 8, and Monday, February 9, at Winter Institute 2015, booksellers are invited to relax and socialize at publisher-sponsored parties.

    Booksellers Find Benefits in Offering Free and Discounted Shipping

    For many online shoppers, high shipping charges from retailers are a deal breaker. Increasingly, retailers large and small — including indie booksellers — are taking a close look at their policies in order to respond to consumer preferences.

    BEA Seeks Publisher Submissions for 2015 Editors’ Buzz Panels

    BEA is inviting exhibiting publishers to submit proposals for the 2015 trade show’s Adult Editors’ Buzz, Young Adult Editors’ Buzz, and Middle Grade Editors’ Buzz by December 5.

    New Price for Kobo Aura HD

    Just in time to reach early holiday shoppers, Kobo has implemented a price drop for the Kobo Aura HD eReader.

    Amazon Strikes Tax Deal in Illinois

    Illinois state officials have announced that Amazon will be building a distribution center in the state and it’s expected that the online retailer will be receiving tax credits from the state. Under a new law that went into effect in August, Amazon is obligated to collect and remit sales tax to the state beginning January 1, 2015.

    Around Indies

    Lake Forest celebrates 65th anniversary; Charis marks 40 years; Hooray for Books! seeks funds for expansion; Women & Children First rallies community support; Russo’s opens office space

    BTW News Briefs

    Retailers setting earlier shipping deadlines this holiday season; Report highlights top cities supporting African American literature; Marvel Comics now available on Kobo; 2014 Kirkus Prize winners announced