ABFFE to Merge With ABA: Free Speech Programming to Expand

    Effective January 1, the operations of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression will be integrated into ABA’s in order to expand the free speech programming available to independent booksellers.

    Important Deadline for IndieCommerce Site Migrations

    In an e-mail aimed at IndieCommerce stores whose websites have not yet migrated to the Drupal 7 platform, ABA Technology Director Neil Strandberg announced this week that all remaining website upgrades would take place between January 5 and March 31, 2015.

    Take Center Stage: Add Your Activities to the Indies First/Upstream Registry

    Last year’s Indies First activities on Small Business Saturday garnered a lot of attention for independent booksellers, and more of the same is expected for this year’s celebrations on November 29. However, to keep the momentum going, stores need to add all of their Indies First and Upstream plans to the activity registry on BookWeb.org.

    Ingram Offers “Faster Than Santa” Promotion

    In support of Indies First, Ingram Content Group has launched a holiday promotion for independent booksellers, which provides free freight, additional discounts on popular titles, and the opportunity to earn a percentage back on eligible purchases this season.

    The Winter 2014–2015 Kids’ Indie Next List Preview

    Here is a preview of the Winter 2014–2015 Kids’ Indie Next List flier, arriving at stores in the upcoming Children’s White Box.

    Live Stream From Miami Book Fair International Begins Friday

    Detriot Public Television’s live stream coverage of the 31st Miami Book Fair International will be available for broadcast on bookstore websites from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, November 21; noon to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 22; and noon to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 23.

    New Jersey Governor Vetoes Bill Punishing Bookstores

    Following protests by ABA and NAIBA, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a bill that would have punished bookstores that mistakenly disclose customer information to the police and other third parties.

    Cards, Banners, Ads Promote ABFFE’s Holiday Auction of Children’s Book Art

    The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression has created a variety of tools that bookstores can use to help promote its holiday auction of children’s book art to consumers.

    Survey Seeks Booksellers’ Input on Banned Books Week

    The sponsors of Banned Books Week are asking booksellers to respond to a short online survey, which will help organizers improve the only national celebration of the freedom to read.

    Wi10: Make Your Reservations for Biltmore Estate and Historic Asheville Trolley Tours

    Now is the time to make your reservations for Winter Institute 10’s customized tours of the Biltmore Estate and/or historic Asheville. Tours are being offered on Sunday, February 8, and Thursday, February 12, and each has been tailored to highlight details with special appeal to booksellers.

    Mark Your Calendars: 2015 Indie Next Nomination Deadlines

    Share your staff favorites for every one of next year’s Indie Next Lists: Download the complete list of 2015 nomination deadlines.

    2014 National Book Award Winners Announced

    The winners of the 2014 National Book Awards were announced on Wednesday night, November 19, at the 65th National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner in New York City.

    November Edition of ABC Group Newsletter Hits Inboxes

    The second edition of the ABC One-Two-Three e-newsletter was sent to members of the ABC Children’s Group at ABA on Tuesday, November 18.

    Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in September

    Retail sales at bookstores were down by 6.5 percent in September 2014 compared to September 2013, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.
     

    Around Indies

    Trident Booksellers and Café celebrates 30 years; Main Street Books marks 25th anniversary; Toadstool responds to Cyber Monday with Cider Monday; RoscoeBooks to open this weekend; Open bookstore to re-open in book bar; Village Books gives more than $16,000 to teachers; breathe books to close in Hampden; A Room of One’s Own’s Torkildson named exceptional business leader; Santa Cruz’s Neal Coonerty honored with lifetime achievement award; Book Passage’s Calvin Crosby joins McSweeney’s

    BTW News Briefs

    Penguin Random House to launch #GiveaBook campaign; Patriot Act reform falls short; Lennertz starts ExpressEdit.net; SIBA receives $40,000 grant; Ingram Publisher Services adds three clients; U.K. Books Are My Bag campaign boosts sales

    The Indie Comics & Graphic Works Bestseller List

    Based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending November 16, 2014.