Nielsen Sells BookScan, Other U.S. Book Industry Services to NPD Group

    The sale of Nielsen‘s U.S. information and research services to NPD Group includes BookScan, PubTrack Digital, PubTrack Higher Education, PubTrack Christian, Books & Consumers, PubEasy, and PubNet.

    Indies Forward Aims to Unite Young Bookselling Professionals

    Young booksellers from across the country are teaming up to launch Indies Forward, a volunteer organization dedicated to cultivating the emerging generation of leaders in bookselling. 

    Registration Underway for 2017 ABC Children’s Institute

    Registration for the fifth ABC Children’s Institute opened last Wednesday, January 11. Space is limited, and there is a maximum of five registrants per ABA member business.

    14 Publishers Ready for Consultations With Booksellers at Winter Institute

    Fourteen mostly small- and mid-size companies will have a representative available for face-to-face conversations with booksellers on Monday afternoon, January 30, at Winter Institute 12.

    Paul Currie, CEO of U.K.’s Foyles Bookshop, to Speak at Winter Institute on Future of Retail

    Paul Currie, CEO of the U.K.’s iconic Foyles Bookshop, will give a featured talk at Winter Institute 12 in Minneapolis entitled “Retail of the Future.”

    Advanced Education Session to Teach the Art of “Managing Managers”

    At the Wi12 advanced education session “Managing Managers,” Business Women’s Circle CEO Lani Basa will discuss the key components of an effective owner/manager relationship.

    Strategies for Successfully Working With Family Members Focus of Wi12 Session

    During the Wi12 session “Navigating Family Relationships in Business,” Sarah Stern of Family Business Minnesota will address the unique challenges presented by working with family members.

    Wi12 Attendees Encouraged to Bring Books to Swap and to Donate

    ABA is asking all Winter Institute 12 attendees to bring a favorite title that’s at least five years old to share at the Backlist Book Swap Party and to donate a book of any age to benefit one of three Minneapolis-area literacy groups.

    Binc Foundation Opens Application for 2017 Higher Education Scholarships

    The Book Industry Charitable Foundation is accepting applications for its 2017 higher education scholarship program for booksellers and their dependents from now through March 6, 2017.

    A Q&A With Elan Mastai, Author of February’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

    All Our Wrong Todays, the time travel-themed debut novel by Canadian screenwriter Elan Mastai, is “clever, witty, and poignant,” says Signs of Life owner Clay Belcher.

    Using What We Have: A Conversation Regarding Simon & Schuster and Milo Y.

    Amy Stephenson and Christin Evans of The Booksmith explain why the store felt compelled to take action in response to Simon & Schuster’s decision to publish a book by Milo Yiannopoulos.

    Bulk of U.S. Population Resides in States With Level Playing Field

    ABA’s recently updated E-Fairness Map provides visual proof that a majority of states are taking strides to level the playing field for Main Street retailers.

    Introducing ABA’s New Program and Development Coordinator, Jessica Stauffer

    Former bookseller Jessica Stauffer has joined ABA’s staff as program and development coordinator, responsible for supporting all publisher-related programs and initiatives.

    An Update on the Tax Deductibility of ABA Membership Dues

    With tax season upon us, booksellers should be aware of a change regarding the tax deductibility of their membership dues. 

    Libro.fm Offers “Great Books on Sale” Promotion

    Through March 31, ABA member stores that are selling digital audiobooks in partnership with Libro.fm can offer their customers more than 30 bestselling audiobooks for less than $10 each.

    The Top Sources of IndieCommerce Store Traffic in 2016

    Three referral sources were responsible for almost 75 percent of IndieCommerce traffic in 2016, according to IndieCommerce Director Phil Davies.

    Retail Sales at Bookstores Up in November

    Retail sales at bookstores were up by 1.5 percent in November 2016 compared to November 2015, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

    Around Indies

    BookBar to launch Mavis the Magical Bookmobile; Interabang Books coming to Dallas; Read With Me to open in Raleigh

    BTW News Briefs

    Pearson to sell stake in Penguin Random House; Maria Pallante named AAP president and CEO; Eric Nelson heads to Broadside Books; CBC releases Best STEM Books List; Publishers Lunch spring/summer Buzz Books available; Application opens for NBF Innovations in Reading Prize; USPS announces rate changes; NBCC award finalists, PEN literary awards shortlists announced

    The Indie Comics & Graphic Works Bestseller List

    Based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending January 15, 2017.