2017 Children’s Institute Registration Opens

    Registration for the fifth ABC Children’s Institute is now open to booksellers at all ABA member stores. The event will be held April 5–7 in Portland, Oregon.

    Roxane Gay to Address Diversity in Bookselling During Wi12 Opening Keynote

    Bestselling author and social commentator Roxane Gay will discuss the need to proactively address diversity in the book industry and beyond during the opening Winter Institute keynote on January 28.

    Body Positive Yogi and Author Jessamyn Stanley to Lead Class at Winter Institute

    Winter Institute attendees will have the chance to start their day with a yoga class taught by Jessamyn Stanley, author of Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear. Get on the Mat. Love Your Body.

    App Available to Enhance Winter Institute 12 Experience

    All Wi12 attendees are encouraged to download the ABA Institutes app, which allows users to see the full event program, create personal schedules, contact other participants, and more.

    Bookseller-to-Bookseller Facebook Group Launches Ahead of Winter Institute

    Winter Institute bookseller registrants can now join a Facebook group dedicated to online bookseller-to-bookseller networking in advance of the event’s Friday, January 27, kickoff in Minneapolis.

    Wi12 Offers Full Schedule of Parties and Receptions

    Booksellers and publishers will have many opportunities to socialize with colleagues during the Winter Institute’s full slate of parties and receptions.

    Two Minneapolis Cultural Institutions Offer Unique Experiences for Wi12 Attendees

    The Kerlan Collection, a leading repository of the work of children’s book creators, is inviting Winter Institute attendees to an open house; the historic Mill City Museum is offering attendees a special discount.

    Wi12 Consultation Station to Feature 29 Business Service Providers

    The Consultation Station at Winter Institute 12 will feature representatives from ABA’s affiliated business solution partners, POS vendors, and other service providers.

    Independent Bookstore Day Ordering Opens January 15

    The Independent Bookstore Day catalog features exclusive, literary-themed merchandise and giveaways for booksellers to showcase on April 29. Ordering opens January 15 and closes February 1.

    IndieCommerce Alert: Google’s Pop-up Requirements for Mobile Devices Have Changed

    The IndieCommerce team explains what Google’s recent decision regarding intrusive interstitials on mobile devices means for bookstore websites.

    ABFE Seeks Book Recommendations for Open Discussion Project

    ABFE’s Open Discussion Project aims to help booksellers bring Americans together to discuss issues that deeply divide us. As a first step, ABFE is seeking booksellers to help curate topical reading lists.

    ABA Supports Freedom to Publish Yiannopoulos Book

    ABA has joined a statement criticizing efforts to force Simon & Schuster to cancel plans to publish a book by right-wing firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos.

    GOP Plan to Repeal the Affordable Care Act Might Be Stalled

    Sen. Rand Paul has urged the Republican majority in Congress to only repeal the Affordable Care Act when a replacement is ready.

    Bookmark Features New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2016

    The January Red Box, mailing to stores this week, will include a packet of 25 bookmarks featuring The New York Times Book Review’s picks for the 10 Best Books of 2016.

    A New Kobo eBook Promo & an Update on the Aura ONE

    Kobo is offering a new eBook promotion in partnership with Kensington; it has also announced that the Kobo Aura ONE will be available at the end of January.

    Curious Iguana Encourages Customers to Read Broader in 2017

    To inspire customers to read books outside their comfort zones and to get to know the world around them, Curious Iguana has launched the year-long Read Broader initiative.

    Around Indies

    City of Asylum bookstore to open January 14; Bookmarks signs lease, plans partnership with local brewery; East Bay Booksellers nears fundraising goal; East City Bookshop to host industry meetup following January 21 March on Washington

    BTW News Briefs

    CBC announces ABA institutes scholarship winners; NAIBA renames Sales Rep of the Year Award in honor of Kristin Keith; NBF launches mission to eradicate “book deserts”; WWA seeks entries for Independent Booksellers Western Book Display Contest; PNBA book award winners and Story Prize finalists announced.