A Letter From ABA’s President

    ABA President Steve Bercu sees another great year ahead for indie bookstores and encourages members to take advantage of upcoming education events.

    Last Chance to Register for ABC Children’s Institute

    Registration for the 2015 ABC Children’s Institute is expected to reach maximum capacity within the next couple of days. Booksellers who would like to attend should register now.

    Federal Judge Finds AmEx’s Anti-Steering Rule Violates Antitrust Law

    The U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of New York has ruled in favor of a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit brought against American Express Company and American Express Travel Related Services Company for violating antitrust laws by imposing “anti-steering” rules on merchants.

    Supreme Court Justice Opens Door for E-Fairness

    A U.S. Supreme Court ruling that sent a challenge to a Colorado use tax law back to federal court has sparked hope among proponents of e-fairness.

    ABA Programs at BEA Offer Booksellers Opportunity to Meet With Editors and Publicists

    ABA programming at BookExpo America will once again provide booksellers with two unique opportunities to network with publishers. Last year’s popular “Meet the Editor” is returning, and new this year is “Publicists Speed Dating.”

    Free Speech: Fear Is Still the Enemy

    In the first installment of a new monthly column on free speech issues, ABFE Director Chris Finan expresses his opinions about the toll on our freedoms in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and voices his hope that moving forward we will not be governed by panic.

    Children’s Indie Bestsellers Unveil New Format

    Beginning with today’s National Indie Bestseller List, the Children’s Interest list has been expanded into two separate lists: Early & Middle Grade Readers and Young Adult.

    Petition Process Open for Additional Board Candidates

    Under ABA’s Bylaws, any bookstore member may submit petitions to have the names of additional candidates for Board officers and/or directors added to the ballot for the 2015–16 Board of Directors elections.

    Final Week of March to Feature Booksellers Forums in Colorado, Michigan, Wisconsin

    The ABA Booksellers Forum schedule includes programs on March 24, 25, and 26 in Colorado, Michigan, and Wisconsin, respectively. Each is free and open to all booksellers, including non-ABA members.

    Second City Works Shows Improv Skills Lead to Better Business

    What do people on a comedy club stage, in an executive boardroom, and behind the counter of a bookstore all have in common? According to Second City Works CEO Tom Yorton, it’s the benefit they can acquire from developing improvisational skills.

    A Q&A With Ian Caldwell, Author of March’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

    Booksellers have named Ian Caldwell’s The Fifth Gospel, a book that has been in the works for more than a decade, as their top Indie Next List pick for March. Here, Caldwell talks about his many years of research, his aim to provide readers with an unprecedented level of realism, and more.

    Lumberjacks Abound in Michigan Bookseller’s Debut Middle Grade Novel

    The staff at Between the Covers in Harbor Springs, Michigan, celebrated the success of one of their own last week at an in-store launch party for bookseller Alison DeCamp’s new middle grade novel My Near-Death Adventures (99% True!).

    Boosted by Welcoming Community, RoscoeBooks Plans for the Future

    Following its grand opening during the busy 2014 holiday season, RoscoeBooks is now looking to situate itself as a community hub. “We want people to know that we’re here and that they’re always welcome,” said owner Erika VanDam.

    BEA Editors’ Buzz Books Revealed

    BookExpo America has announced the titles to be featured at this year’s adult, YA, and middle grade Editors’ Buzz Forums.

    PW Announces Shortlists for Bookstore, Rep of the Year Awards

    Publishers Weekly has released the shortlists for its 2015 PW Bookstore and Sales Rep of the Year Awards. This year’s five finalists for Bookstore of the Year include general indies from the West, Midwest, and South.

    Indie-Positive News Stories Proliferate

    Last week's news cycle featured a number of positive stories about independent bookstores, starting with a February 25 article in the International New York Times about the growing number of indie bookstores in the U.S. 

    Binc Offers Assistance to Booksellers Suffering From Lost Income

    The Book Industry Charitable Foundation wants to remind booksellers of the assistance available to help individual booksellers who have lost income due to a weather-related store closing or because the bookseller is physically unable to get to work.

    Around Indies

    Becky Anderson running for Naperville City Council; Teaching for Change to hand reins to Politics & Prose; Bluebird Books makes plans to expand; The Bookman has new owners; New Bo Books becomes Next Page Bookstore; A Children’s Place relocates; Women & Children First to celebrate history; Phoenix Books makes good on food drive challenge

    BTW News Briefs

    Elizabeth McCracken’s Thunderstruck wins annual Story Prize; Finalists announced for 27th Annual Lambda Literary Awards; SIBA releases 2015 Book Award longlist; CBC names Jon Colman new executive director; HuffPo publishes list of nine studies that say print beats e-books

    The Indie Mystery & Thriller Bestseller List

    Based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending March 1, 2015.