Small Businesses Cheer Introduction of Marketplace and Internet Tax Fairness Act

On Thursday, July 17, in a letter sent to every member of the U.S. Senate, Advocates for Independent Business urged congressional support for the Marketplace and Internet Tax Fairness Act, which was introduced in the Senate on Tuesday, July 15.

Domnitz Scholarship to Winter Institute 10 Open to ABACUS Reporting Stores

ABA will again award the Avin Mark Domnitz Scholarship to attend the ABA Winter Institute to the owner or an employee of a bookstore that submits its financial data to the ABACUS Survey. The deadline for submissions to ABACUS-13 is July 31.

IndieCommerce: Getting Ready and Going Live on Drupal 7

Last week, Island Books of Mercer Island, Washington, became the first IndieCommerce store to go live on the Drupal 7 platform, and the IndieCommerce team now wants to hear from all IndieCommerce stores in either Group 1 or 2 that are ready to request a migration to Drupal 7.

Titcomb’s Is the Source for Signed Lemony Snicket Titles This Summer

Readers looking for signed, personalized copies of Lemony Snicket books from Hachette this summer can order titles exclusively from Titcomb’s Bookshop.

Women & Children First Sold to Two Staff Members

Founders Ann Christophersen and Linda Bubon have sold Chicago’s Women & Children First to store manager Lynn Mooney and bookseller Sarah Hollenbeck.

Browseabout Books Finds Tremendous Support for Teens’ Reading Rights

In response to the removal of Emily Danforth’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post from a high school reading list, Browseabout Books is giving away copies, which have been donated by community members, book industry partners, and readers of AfterEllen.

Windy City Celebrates Chicago Independent Bookstore Day

Nine stores across the city offered book giveaways, raffles, tasty treats, and discounts to excited customers during Chicago Independent Bookstore Day on July 12.

German Complaint Against Amazon Moves Forward, French “Anti-Amazon” Law Goes Into Effect

Last week, the EU Commission launched a preliminary investigation of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association’s antitrust complaint against Amazon, and France’s “Anti-Amazon” law went into effect.

Five Free Regional Gift Shows Upcoming in July and August

Urban Expositions invites ABA members to attend its gift shows in various parts of the country this summer free of charge. Upcoming in July and August are regional shows in Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, and Boston.

An Indies Introduce Debut Author Q&A With Maria Venegas

In the debut memoir Bulletproof Vest: The Ballad of an Outlaw and His Daughter, “Maria Venegas tells the story of her complicated relationship with her estranged father with an honesty and tough vulnerability that is compelling and moving,” said Adrian Newell of Warwick’s in La Jolla, California.

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in May

Retail sales at bookstores were down by 7.6 percent in May 2014 compared to May 2013, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

New & Ongoing E-Book Promotions

Three e-book promotions were recently added to the IndieCommerce Publisher Promotions page. Categories include young adult and middle grade, frontlist titles, and steals and deals from HarperCollins.

Around Indies

Linda’s Story Time celebrates 15 years; Skylight Books wins Archipelago contest; DIESEL to close Malibu location

BTW News Briefs

800-CEO-READ announces changes to leadership structure; FTC files suit against Amazon over accidental in-app purchases; SIBA receives 2014 scholarship support from Reba and Dave Williams Foundation