IndieCommunications: The State of the Drupal 7 Upgrade, Migration Timing, and Upgrade Conference Calls

Two recent IndieCommunications provided stores with information about work now underway on the migration from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7, what booksellers can expect regarding future timing, and news of weekly conference calls with ABA Member Techonology Director Neil Strandberg.

Celebrate Mother’s Day With Kobo

DIY materials for the upcoming Kobo Mother’s Day Promotion are now available in BookWeb’s Designs and Downloads. Each design features different aspects of the promotion to allow booksellers to choose the best fit for their stores.

Enthusiasm Resounds at Children's Institute

The American Booksellers Association and the ABC Children’s Group at ABA welcomed 130 booksellers from 32 states to San Antonio, Texas, this week for an upbeat and energetic 2014 ABC Children’s Institute.

World Book Night Offers Free E-Book, Announces Essay Contest

Beginning April 22, World Book Night U.S. is offering a free proprietary e-book featuring 10 short stories and essays by booksellers, librarians, and authors, as well as an essay contest for next year’s edition.

Kate DiCamillo’s Top 10 Reasons to Participate in Indies First Storytime Day

Kate DiCamillo, the 2014–2015 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, gives her top 10 reasons authors and illustrators should sign up to read at an indie bookstore for Indies First Storytime Day, this May 17.

Summer/Fall Indies Introduce New Voices Titles Revealed at Children’s Institute

At the Reps Picks Lunch on Monday at the ABC Children’s Institute, booksellers were introduced to the 10 titles to be featured in the Summer/Fall Indies Introduce New Voices program.

Indies Choice/E.B. White Awards Voting Ends Friday

Tomorrow, April 11, is the final day for booksellers at ABA member stores to submit their  ballots to choose this year’s winners of the Indies Choice Book Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards.

Richard Russo Offers Signed Copies of Interventions

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo and artist Kate Russo, his daughter, are offering signed copies of Interventions: A Novella & Three Stories to indie booksellers at a significant discount.

IndieCommerce Responds to Internet Security Vulnerability

This week, the IndieCommerce team took steps to address a recently discovered OpenSSL software problem, which has been dubbed Heartbleed. Heartbleed is likely the most severe vulnerability ever discovered in basic Internet security.

IndieCommerce Stores, Customers Urged to Change Passwords

The IndieCommerce team has successfully addressed security concerns related to the Heartbleed bug. However, the next step to further secure both IndieCommerce stores and their customers is to effect a password change.

ALA Announces Shortlist for 2014 Carnegie Medals for Fiction and Nonfiction

The Carnegie Medals’ strong library connection sets the shortlisted titles apart and makes them ideal for promotion in bookstore programming and marketing efforts highlighting outstanding titles.

Season’s Last Forums to Be in White Plains and Boston

The Spring Forum schedule wraps up with programs at ABA’s office in White Plains, New York, on April 29 and at NEIBA’s All About the Books! in Boston, Massachusetts, on April 30. The forums are free and open to ABA members and non-members alike.

Balance Passion for Bookselling With Business Skills

A key to the long-term success and sustainability of a new bookstore business is sound professional development, and for those new to retail bookselling, the workshop “Owning a Bookstore: The Business Essentials” will provide fundamental skills required to operate a bookstore business.

BookCon Announces Kickoff Event Featuring Tina Fey, Jason Bateman

On Friday, May 30, ReedPOP will host the kickoff for BookCon, its interactive consumer book event taking place the following day in conjunction with BEA.

Survey Finds Support Among Small Business Owners for Minimum Wage Hike

According to an opinion poll released in March by the Small Business Majority, just over half of the small business owners surveyed support increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 from the current federal minimum wage of $7.25.

Go Local Grow Local Conference Sign-up Ends April 30

The American Independent Business Alliance will host the biennial Go Local Grow Local conference in Minneapolis May 8 – 11.

Show Your Creativity: The Children’s Book Week Display Contest

Indie booksellers who put their creative talents to work on in-store displays for the May 12 – 18 celebration of Children’s Book Week are invited to enter a display contest sponsored by the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader in partnership with the ABC Children’s Group at ABA.

An Indies Introduce New Voices Q&A With Kate Hattemer

Kate Hattemer talks about her inspirations for the spring 2014 New Voices pick The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy, the importance of YA fiction, her favorite title, and more.

Kobo: What You Need to Know

ABA's weekly Kobo e-mail newsletter is now the “Kobo: What You Need to Know” newsletter. It will be sent every two weeks to deliver high priority Kobo news while minimizing clutter in booksellers’ inboxes.

Freshen Up for Spring

Here’s a quick reminder that customizable spring poster and web banner designs are available to ABA members in BookWeb’s Designs and Downloads.

McLean & Eakin’s Short Story Contest in Its 20th Year

To create a stronger bond with area children and to foster reading and writing starting at a young age, McLean & Eakin founders Julie Norcross and Karen Lang started an annual Short Story Contest that is now in its 20th year.

Bank Square and Monte Cristo Featured in Connecticut’s The Day

An editorial in Connecticut’s The Day noted that Bank Square’s expansion last October from 3,000 to 4,800 square feet and Monte Cristo’s opening in December of 2012 “are reason for optimism about the future of books and bookstores hereabouts.”

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BTW News Briefs

NCAC condemns school board for banning Sherman Alexie’s True Diary; Binc awards gift cards to marketing survey participants; Matthew Baldacci joins Scholastic as VP of marketing; Booksellers Association names new president