72 Hours in Asheville: A Suggested Itinerary for Winter Institute 10

    Here’s a plan for getting the most out of Winter Institute 10, from the Sunday Indie Retail Crawl and Opening Reception to the final packed day of education and the Small and University Press Authors Closing Reception.

    The March 2015 Indie Next List Preview

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

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

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

    Point-of-Sale Systems in the Spotlight at Wi10

    Booksellers looking for a better understanding of their current point-of-sale system and those looking for a new one, are encouraged to attend the Winter Institute’s “Roundtable Discussion on POS Systems” and to visit with POS vendors participating in the Consultation Station.

    Amazon to Collect Sales Tax in Illinois Starting February 1

    Amazon will begin collecting and remitting sales tax in Illinois, beginning on February 1, as part of a deal the online retailer struck with state officials in October 2014.

    Three Urban Expositions Gift Shows Upcoming in February and March

    Booksellers can find a wide range of new products as well as special ABA member savings at upcoming Urban Expositions gift shows in San Francisco, Boston, and Portland, Oregon.

    An Indies Introduce Debut Author Q&A With Cecilia Ekbäck

    Cecilia Ekbäck is the author of Wolf Winter, a Winter/Spring 2015 Indies Introduce Debut Authors. “Ekbäck’s intriguing tale of Sweden’s Lapland in 1717 gives insight into the land and people of the far north and is also hard to let go,” said Barbara Theroux of Fact & Fiction.

    Avoid Penalties: Be Aware of Wi10 Hotel Cancellation Policies

    Winter Institute 10 registrants who need to cancel or make changes to their reservations at the Grove Park Inn or the Renaissance Asheville Hotel should contact their respective hotels as soon as possible.

    Binc Foundation Ready to Help East Coast Booksellers

    The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation stands ready to help booksellers in need of emergency financial assistance as a result of this week’s record-breaking snowstorm.

    Children’s Institute Registration Opens to ABC Group Members

    Registration for the 2015 ABC Children’s Institute is now open through February 1 exclusively to members of the ABC Children’s Group at ABA. On February 2, registration will open to all ABA bookseller members.

    Find Waldo Local 2015 Preregistration Begins

    Preregistration for the 2015 Find Waldo Local campaign is open through March 15. Participation is capped at 250 ABA member stores.

    Ordering Underway for Independent Bookstore Day’s Special Items

    Booksellers making plans to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on May 2, 2015, should place their orders now for limited-edition, literary-themed merchandise developed by publishers exclusively for the event. Orders are due by February 1.

    House Judiciary Chair Circulates Radically Different Sales Tax Bill

    U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has circulated draft sales tax fairness legislation that would ask most states to radically change their sales tax systems, according to media reports.

    Michigan Governor Signs E-Fairness Into Law

    On Thursday, January 15, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed the recently passed Main Street Fairness legislation into law, thereby leveling the playing field for the state’s Main Street retailers.

    PW Seeks Nominations for 2015 Bookseller and Rep of the Year Awards

    Publishers Weekly is seeking nominations for its annual PW Bookstore and PW Sales Rep of the Year awards, which were created more than two decades ago to honor the country’s best independent booksellers and sales representatives.

    Wi10 Panel to Provide Expert Advice on Securing Small Business Loans

    A financial consultant, a banker, and a credit union representative will present different perspectives on what it takes to secure financing for a planned expansion or special project at a bookstore during the Wi10 panel “How to Work With Your Bank: What You Need to Know.”

    Book Now: Wi10’s Biltmore Estate and Historic Asheville Trolley Tours

    Winter Institute attendees can kick off and end their stays in Asheville with customized tours of the Biltmore Estate and historic Asheville. Both tours are being offered on Sunday, February 8, and Thursday, February 12; however, advance ticket purchases are required.

    Stores Find Holiday Success With Unique Non-Book Items

    Bookstore owners around the country spoke with BTW about some of their reliably popular gifts as well as more unique non-book items that sold well this holiday season.

    Two New Faces Join ABA’s Staff

    This month, ABA welcomed two new staff members whose skills will help ABA in its mission to provide the best services, information, and education to member booksellers.

    An Indies Introduce New Voices Q&A With Dan Gemeinhart

    Dan Gemeinhart is the author of The Honest Truth, a Winter/Spring 2015 Indies Introduce New Voices selection for children. Jill Hendrix of Fiction Addiction called The Honest Truth “a touching read” about a young boy in need of a miracle.

    Obituary: Stuart Gersen of Longfellow Books

    Stuart Michael Gersen, the co-owner of Portland, Maine’s Longfellow Books, died of lung cancer on January 17, 2015. He was 64 years old.

    Around Indies

    Phoenix Books to open third location; BookPeople of Moscow to take readers to Italy; Idaho booksellers offer favorite picks on local TV; Old Firehouse Books wins signing with Neil Gaiman; La Casa Azul Bookstore awarded $150,000 Mission Main Street Grant; Ken White to leave Books Inc.

    BTW News Briefs

    Egmont to close U.S. publishing operations; American Small Business Championship contest now open; National Book Critics Circle announces award finalists

    The Indie Comics & Graphic Works Bestseller List

    Based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending January 18, 2015.