Booksellers to Host Record Number of Authors for Indies First

    Just days ahead of the November 29 celebration of Small Business Saturday, more than 1,200 authors have signed on to support their local bookstores for Indies First, and more than 250 authors are partnering with bookstores under the Upstream initiative.

    60 Winter Institute Scholarship Winners Named

    ABA has announced the winners of 60 scholarships to the February 2015 Winter Institute in Asheville, North Carolina. Fifty-two of the scholarships have been awarded to booksellers by the Winter Institute’s publisher sponsors.

    Maureen Corrigan, Stewart O’Nan, Erik Larson in Featured Talk on F. Scott Fitzgerald at Winter Institute

    Winter Institute attendees are invited to join authors Maureen Corrigan, Stewart O’Nan, and Erik Larson for a featured talk on F. Scott Fitzgerald, one of the 20th century’s greatest novelists, who spent the summers of 1936 and 1937 at the Grove Park Inn.

    The December ’14 Now in Paperback Flier & Shelf-Talkers

    The December Indie Next List’s 12 “Now in Paperback” titles are featured with bookseller quotes on a downloadable flier and shelf-talkers.

    Miami Book Fair Panel Discusses Amazon Monopoly Power

    At the Miami Book Fair International panel discussion “Do Monsters Live in Our Laptops?,” book industry experts, including ABA CEO Oren Teicher, discussed whether the promise of digitization as a democratizing force has instead led to large corporations dominating the book industry.

    BookExpo America Registration to Open in Early December

    Registration for BookExpo America 2015 is scheduled to open by December 4, and for ABA member booksellers who have not attended the trade show in the last two years there will be an added incentive to make plans to attend.

    ABA to Have Swipe Fee Recommendation for Members Next Week

    ABA expects to have a recommendation next week regarding the recent notice sent to bookstores that opted out of the Visa and MasterCard credit card swipe fee settlement in 2013.

    Kobo Content Promotion Begins December 1

    A new Kobo holiday promotion offers customers who purchase and register any device between December 1, 2014, and January 31, 2015, the first book in a select series for free.

    Read Russia Launches Russian Literature Week

    DIY materials from Read Russia are available to help stores promote the inaugural celebration of Russian Literature Week, from December 1 – 5.

    Join the Conversation: Visit ABA’s Bookseller Forums Today

    Booksellers are invited to take a look at the many conversations happening in BookWeb’s Bookseller Forums, where members go to discuss topics ranging from social media best practices to IndieCommerce to plans for the upcoming Winter Institute.

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    BTW News Briefs

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