ABA Nominating Committee Opens Call for Board Candidates

    The American Booksellers Association’s Nominating Committee begins its search today for qualified candidates to stand for election to the ABA Board of Directors in 2016. Any ABA member may nominate a qualified candidate.

    Winter Institute Registration Scheduled to Open September 9

    ABA bookstore and provisional members should be on the lookout for an e-mail announcing the opening of registration and hotel reservations for the 2016 Winter Institute to arrive in their inboxes next Wednesday, September 9, after 1:00 p.m. EDT.

    Video Player, Title List Available for National Book Festival Webcast

    Indie booksellers can livesteam Detroit Public TV’s coverage of author events from the 15th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival this Saturday, September 5, from noon until 6:00 p.m. EDT, with a simple-to-embed video player. A list of the featured titles with ISBNs is available in the IndieCommerce Help Center.

    Macmillan Children’s Partners With Indies for Crenshaw Nationwide Food Drive

    Independent bookstores are teaming up with Macmillan on a nationwide food drive to address childhood hunger in their local communities. The campaign is part of a promotion for the upcoming middle-grade novel Crenshaw by Newbery Medalist and Animorphs series creator Katherine Applegate.

    BTW News Briefs

    Paz workshop draws prospective booksellers from U.S. and beyond; Inaugural Blue Willow-Vener Barnes Scholarship opens to MPIBA booksellers; BISG reveals Industry Innovation Award shortlist; Winners of Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Awards announced

    Ingram Banned Books Week Promotion Starts Monday

    Just in time for this year’s Banned Books Week, the Ingram Content Group is offering an additional discount on a list of 450 banned and challenged titles on ipage®, Ingram’s search and order content platform.

    Titles Announced for 2015 ABC Best Books Catalog: Order Deadline September 1

    Here, by category, are the more than 200 titles featured in the 2015 ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalog. The deadline for catalog orders is this Tuesday, September 1.

    Kobo “eRead Local” Program Begins: Web Banners Encourage Customers to Sign Up

    New graphics for use on store websites encourage customers to create a Kobo account and take advantage of a special “eRead Local” credit.

    IndieCommunication: Release Notes, Updates, and New Features for IndieCommerce Bookstores

    The August 24 edition of the IndieCommunication newsletter provides information on recent work to stabilize the IndieCommerce platform, the launch of new features, upcoming training videos and webinars, and changes to the store location display and to security.

    The September ’15 Now in Paperback Flier & Shelf-Talkers

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

    Dr. John Sherlock to Share Actionable Steps to Address Human Resources Challenges

    Dr. John Sherlock, who will be leading two ABA Human Resources Workshops this fall, discusses why it is imperative for bookstore owners and managers to implement a human resources strategy. His session on HR at this year’s Winter Institute was very highly praised by booksellers.

    ABA Welcomes Two New Staff Members

    Program and Development Coordinator Gen de Botton and Graphic Designer Teresa Pereira Neufeld are the newest ABA staff members.

    Delaware Approves Online Reader Privacy Law

    On January 1, 2016, a new law will go into effect in Delaware that requires all “book service providers” with online sales exceeding two percent of their gross sales to protect the privacy of customer information.

    An Indies Introduce Q&A With J. Ryan Stradal

    J. Ryan Stradal is the author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest, a Summer/Fall 2015 Indies Introduce title that is “beautifully structured and affectionately and hilariously written,” said Jessica Stockton Bagnulo of Greenlight Bookstore. 

    An Indies Introduce Q&A With Tamara Ellis Smith

    Tamara Ellis Smith is the author of Another Kind of Hurricane, a Summer/Fall 2015 Indies Introduce title for middle-grade readers that follows two very different characters, Zavion and Henry, as each recovers from a terrible tragedy.

    Treeline Tips and Tricks: Low Turns vs. High Turns, a Short Case Study

    Joe Foster, Edelweiss/Treeline education and outreach coordinator, offers a case study showing two stores of basically equal size but with significantly different sales and turn levels.

    Film Based on Novel “Room” Slated for Release This Fall: Promotional Materials Available

    Following an opening in New York and Los Angeles on October 16, the nationwide release of the film Room, based on the novel by Emma Donoghue, is scheduled for November 6. Promotional materials for the film and movie tie-in editions are available.

    Deadly West Coast Wildfires Affecting Area Booksellers

    BTW recently checked in with booksellers on the West Coast who have been impacted by wildfires this season.

    Turn of the Corkscrew to Bring Books and Wine to Long Island

    Carol Hoenig and Peggy Zieran, two former Borders employees with a combined 35 years in the book business, are opening Turn of the Corkscrew, Books & Wine in Rockville Centre, New York, next month.

    PBS Offers Stores Livestreaming From National Book Festival

    With a simple-to-embed video player, booksellers can feature livestream coverage of author events from the 15th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival on their store websites.

    Around Indies

    Acorn Books reopens in new location; Shakespeare & Co. to complete renovation in September; Barrington Books shares back-to-school favorites on local TV

    BTW News Briefs

    Hugo Award winners, Thurber Prize finalists announced; BISG reveals shortlists for most valuable volunteer, industry champion; HarperCollins India gets new CEO; Mississippi Book Festival exceeds expectations; IPS adds three publishers; Campaign asks bloggers to visit their local indie bookstores