Indies First was widely embraced in communities across the country this past Saturday, with customers turning out, sometimes in droves, to meet authors who had signed on to become booksellers for all or part of the day at their local independent bookstores.
According to the second installment of the 2013 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey, consumer awareness of Small Business Saturday across the U.S. jumped to 71 percent from 67 percent during the same period a year ago.
On Monday, December 2, in a resounding victory for sales tax fairness proponents, the U.S. Supreme Court said it would not hear a legal challenge to New York State’s affiliate nexus law, which was brought by Amazon.com and Overstock.com.
Joshilyn Jackson, author of Someone Else’s Love Story, discusses the development of her newest book, the influence of indie booksellers on her writing career, and the character from her latest novel who will be making a comeback in her next book.
The Holiday Children’s Book Art Auction, sponsored by ABFFE and the ABC Children’s Group at ABA, closed on Tuesday afternoon, but not before hitting a new high and raising more than $10,000 to help defend the free speech rights of kids.
In response to what ABFFE President Chris Finan called “one of the most egregious cases of book banning in many years,” ABFFE joined the Freedom to Read Foundation, the American Library Association, and several literacy and free speech organizations in filing an amicus brief in a case involving the removal of books that were used in the Mexican American Studies program in Tucson schools.
“I wanted to write a book that I thought my students would like, one that was structured and formatted in a way that would entice struggling readers, and one that was as true to their lives as I could make it,” says Patrick Flores-Scott, author of the debut Young Adult novel Jumped In.
ABA Regular bookstore members should be on the lookout for dues renewal notices arriving in the mail during the first week of January. Those who would like to get a jump on the process should check their inboxes for an e-mail with a link to renew online.
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