A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

 ABA’s CEO shares highlights from the recent Member Satisfaction Survey and thanks the participants in a recent symposium convened by ABA to inform its strategy decisions.

A Report on the ABA Board’s July Meeting

The ABA Board of Directors worked on a range of issues during its summer meeting, held this month at the association’s headquarters in White Plains, New York.

ABACUS Deadline Extended to August 15

ABA members now have until midnight Eastern Time on Friday, August 15, to submit their store financial data to the ABACUS-13 survey.

The September 2014 Indie Next List Preview

Here are the titles on the September Indie Next List flier, on its way to ABA member stores in the IndieBound movement.

The August ’14 Now in Paperback Fliers & Shelf-Talkers

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

A Special Membership Promotion for Used Bookstores

Used bookstores can join ABA between August 1 and September 30, 2014, at half the regular rate. Benefits of membership include education and networking opportunities, advocacy, and discounted products and services.

Communities Celebrate Finale of Third Annual Find Waldo Local

As customers enjoy treats and prizes at parties concluding July’s celebration of Find Waldo Local, MSNBC’s Your Business will be visiting two indie bookstores to report on the buy local spirit fostered by the event.

Stores Sought to Host Programs on Censorship

MLRC Institute, the sister organization of the Media Law Resource Center, will be working with ABFFE to provide speakers for bookstores that are interested in hosting a program about censorship during Banned Books Week (September 21 – 27, 2014).

Two Courts, Two Rulings: But Health Care Subsidies Will Continue for Now

On Tuesday, July 22, two legal challenges to provisions of the health care subsidies in the Affordable Care Act resulted in contradictory rulings from federal appeals courts.

Sen. Leahy Introduces Bill to Reign in NSA Surveillance Powers

Sen. Patrick Leahy has introduced legislation that is a much stronger version of the U.S.A. Freedom Act, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in May.

2014 PEN Literary Award Winners Make Great Recommendations

The recently announced 2014 PEN Literary Award winners are “both a great pleasure to read and a useful guide for readers seeking excellence in all the categories of writing honored,” said Alice Quinn, the chair of PEN’s Literary Awards.

Around Indies

Bookstore Day for the BookPeople Nation; Books on the Common celebrates 30 years; Face in a Book owner talks expansion, sales, success; Firefly works with senior citizens to help school build library

BTW News Briefs

West Virginia collects $19 million in sales tax from online retailers; NAIBA seeks Independent Bookstore Day logo; Cape Henlopen school board does away with reading list; Macmillan expands public library e-lending pilot program