Just days ahead of the November 29 celebration of Small Business Saturday, more than 1,200 authors have signed on to support their local bookstores for Indies First, and more than 250 authors are partnering with bookstores under the Upstream initiative.
ABA has announced the winners of 60 scholarships to the February 2015 Winter Institute in Asheville, North Carolina. Fifty-two of the scholarships have been awarded to booksellers by the Winter Institute’s publisher sponsors.
Winter Institute attendees are invited to join authors Maureen Corrigan, Stewart O’Nan, and Erik Larson for a featured talk on F. Scott Fitzgerald, one of the 20th century’s greatest novelists, who spent the summers of 1936 and 1937 at the Grove Park Inn.
At the Miami Book Fair International panel discussion “Do Monsters Live in Our Laptops?,” book industry experts, including ABA CEO Oren Teicher, discussed whether the promise of digitization as a democratizing force has instead led to large corporations dominating the book industry.
Registration for BookExpo America 2015 is scheduled to open by December 4, and for ABA member booksellers who have not attended the trade show in the last two years there will be an added incentive to make plans to attend.
Booksellers are invited to take a look at the many conversations happening in BookWeb’s Bookseller Forums, where members go to discuss topics ranging from social media best practices to IndieCommerce to plans for the upcoming Winter Institute.