James Patterson Launches Holiday Bonus Program for Indie Booksellers

    Bestselling author and tireless literacy advocate James Patterson is kicking off the holiday season with a thank-you gift to independent bookstore employees: a donation of $250,000 that will be granted as bonuses of $1,000 to $5,000 to individual booksellers at ABA member stores.

    Perseus Teams With FedEx to Improve Shipping to Booksellers

    The Perseus Books Group has announced an agreement with FedEx that will significantly improve shipments to bookstores and other outlets nationwide. Under the agreement, which goes into effect on October 19, books will arrive at booksellers within an average of two days of shipping from the Perseus Distribution Center.

    Ordering Opens on Indies First Special Offers

    For the entire month of October, ABA member stores can take advantage of specials on a wide array of frontlist and backlist titles from publishers that are showing their support for Indies First. Ordering opens today on more than a dozen offers.

    ABA Governance: Two Important Deadlines Approach

    ABA is currently seeking the input of ABA member stores on two important governance matters: prospective candidates for the 2016 ABA Board elections and a change to the association’s bylaws.

    ABA Education on Tap at Upcoming Regional Shows

    Between October 2 and October 11, ABA will be taking part in five regional trade shows: NAIBA, PNBA, NEIBA, MPIBA, and the Heartland Fall Forum. At each, booksellers will have the opportunity to attend the all-new education session “The Economics of Publishing and How They Impact Booksellers” and to visit ABA on the trade show floor.

    Registration Open for New/Prospective Booksellers Workshop at Winter Institute

    A full-day workshop offering a crash course on the essentials of opening a bookstore or buying an existing store will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2016, just prior to the evening opening of Winter Institute 2016, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel in Denver, Colorado.

    ABA to NY Governor: Give Indies a Voice in Minimum Wage Discussions

    ABA has sent a letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to request that independent booksellers be given an opportunity to help craft a solution that raises the state’s minimum wage based upon sound economic principles.

    Michigan’s Main Street Retailers to Compete on Level Playing Field

    Starting October 1, Amazon and other online retailers with nexus in Michigan are required to collect and remit the state’s six percent sales tax.

    Kobo Launches Direct Device Purchasing, Super Points Loyalty Program

    Beginning this month, ABA members will be able to order Kobo’s brand-new Glo HD and Aura H20 eReaders directly from Kobo. Additionally, Kobo customers can now earn points for every eBook and magazine purchase made online or with Kobo’s app.

    The November 2015 Indie Next List Preview

    Here are the titles on the November Indie Next List flier, on its way to ABA member stores in the IndieBound movement.

    Booksellers’ Creativity on Display During Banned Books Week

    Booksellers around the country are marking Banned Books Week (September 27 – October 3) and the freedom to read with creative events, social media posts, and eye-catching displays.

    Next Two IndieCommerce Webinars Focus on Order Processing

    Registration for the first of two IndieCommerce webinars on order processing opened on Wednesday, September 30. Attendance at the October 7 webinar is limited to the first 30 registrants.

    Bookstores Host Community Conversations on Race, Diversity

    Bookstores including Quail Ridge Books & Music, The Regulator Bookshop, and Left Bank Books are fostering community conversations about race and diversity by holding public forums, hosting book discussions, and engaging in activism.  

    A Q&A With Lauren Groff, Author of October’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

    Booksellers have chosen Lauren Groff’s cleverly crafted novel Fates and Furies as their top pick for October’s Indie Next List. Groff’s critically acclaimed work, which has been long-listed for the National Book Award, tells the story of a marriage in which not all is as it seems.

    An Indies Introduce Q&A With Gabriel Urza

    Gabriel Urza is the author of All That Followed, a Summer/Fall 2015 Indies Introduce title, which Elayna Tucker of Napa Bookmine called “an impressively nuanced debut.” 

    Small Press Profile: Steerforth Press and Hanover Publisher Services

    Steerforth Press, which launched its first list in 1994, has established a reputation for quality fiction and nonfiction. Through its distribution services arm, Hanover Publisher Services, it provides sales and marketing support to several small publishers as well as distribution through PRHPS.

    Strong Print, Slow E-Book Sales Make Headlines

    Following a September 22 New York Times article that highlighted a downturn in e-book sales, other national, local, and international media outlets have been sharing the news that print books remain a favorite for readers and that physical bookstores are benefitting. 

    Authors, Book Lovers to Slumber in Style at BookBar’s BookBed

    Later this fall, Denver, Colorado’s BookBar will open BookBed, a cozy and comfortable book-themed bed and breakfast, as part of an extensive store expansion.

    Around Indies

    Archestratus Books sets up shop in Brooklyn; Greenlight Bookstore pops up at Play Kids; Phoenix Books holds grand opening for Rutland branch; BookPeople of Moscow celebrates anniversary of First Thursday

    BTW News Briefs

    SBA offers EMV card webinar; Schumacher wins Thurber Prize; We Need Diverse Books to present first Walter Dean Myers Award; 23 publishers sign deals with IPG; National Book Foundation announces 2015 “5 under 35” honorees; 2015 Kirkus Prize finalists announced; NetGalley introduces “Wish Granting”; Edelweiss partners with DOGObooks; HarperCollins forms HarperCollins Italia