Signup Opens for the Summer/Fall Indies Introduce Promotion

Booksellers have selected 10 adult Debut Author and 10 children’s New Voices titles by the brightest new talents for the Summer/Fall 2014 Indies Introduce promotion. The sign-up page features bookseller reviews for each title and all promotion details.

Important BEA Deadlines on the Horizon

ABA has a number of special events planned exclusively for member booksellers at BEA. Preregistration is required for each of these events. Don’t miss out: Deadlines are fast approaching and space is limited.

World Book Night 2014: A Huge Success

Indie booksellers were key to last night’s celebrations of World Book Night, serving as book pick-up locations, event promoters, party and launch event hosts, and in many cases, givers themselves.

A Report on the April 2014 ABA Board of Directors Meeting

The American Booksellers Association’s Board of Directors met from April 4 – 6, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas, just prior to ABA’s first stand-alone ABC Children’s Institute.

ABA Annual Meeting and Town Hall Set for May 29

ABA will hold its Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, May 29, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Room 1E10/11 of the Javits Convention Center during BEA. The Annual Meeting will be preceded by the Town Hall Meeting.

April 30 Deadline for Board Ballots

Ballots to elect three directors to serve three-year terms on ABA’s Board of Directors must be cast by midnight EDT on April 30, 2014, in order to be counted.

Algonquin to Host Top-Shelf Evening for ABA Booksellers at BEA

All ABA member booksellers at BookExpo America are invited to the Algonquin Buzzed Panel on Wednesday evening, May 28, at the Grand Hyatt New York’s Gallery on Lex.  The top-shelf evening will feature a whiskey tasting, hand-crafted beers, intoxicating appearances by Algonquin’s barrel-aged authors, and an off-kilter trivia contest.

Free Print/Digital Subscription to Publishers Weekly Offered to ABA Members

Publishers Weekly is offering ABA member booksellers a free one-year subscription, including 51 print and digital issues as well as premium access to

ABA Event Aims to Bridge the Gap Between Editors and Booksellers

ABA programming at BookExpo America 2014 includes an opportunity for editors and booksellers to come together to discuss their respective roles in turning a manuscript into a book and getting it into the hands of readers.

Forums Next Week in White Plains and Boston

The Spring Forum schedule wraps up with programs at ABA’s office in White Plains, New York, on Tuesday, April 29, and at the New England Independent Booksellers Association’s All About the Books! in Boston, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, April 30.

NAIBA Booksellers Invited to BEA/BookCon Preshow Meeting

The organizers of BookExpo America and BookCon are inviting booksellers from the NAIBA region to a preshow meeting with Steve Rosato and Brien McDonald, to be held in conjunction with the Booksellers Forum on Tuesday, April 29, at ABA’s office.

2014 Pannell Award Winners Announced

The winners of the 2014 Women’s National Book Association’s Pannell Awards, which honor a general bookstore and a children’s specialty store for employing exceptional creativity to foster a love of reading in their young patrons, were announced on Wednesday.

Is Your Store on the Indies First Storytime Day Map?

All bookstores with plans to celebrate Indies First Storytime Day (May 17) should be sure they have completed the Event Detail Form on BookWeb so that their store’s location will appear on the IndieBound Event Map.

Children’s Book Art Auction to Honor Dr. Seuss

The 20th Annual Children’s Book Art Auction and Reception, on May 28 at BEA, will feature a special section of original artwork created to honor Dr. Seuss. Artists can submit works honoring Dr. Seuss until May 15.

University Study Confirms Sales Tax Inequity Benefits Online Retailers

A recent study by researchers at Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business shows that remote retailers do indeed enjoy a competitive advantage by not collecting sales tax at the point of sales.

Children’s Institute Sheds Light on Literacy and Child Development

A session presented at this month’s ABC Children’s Institute provided booksellers with a comprehensive understanding of child development and how various types of books can foster early learning and literacy.

An Indies Introduce New Voices Q&A With Tess Sharpe

Tess Sharpe is the author of Far From You, a spring 2014 New Voices debut for young adults. “Part murder mystery, part forbidden romance, this lovely novel is both chilling and poignant,” says Emily Ring of Inklings Bookshop in Yakima, Washington.

A Pegasus Tradition: London Book Fair Remainders

Amy Thomas, owner of Pegasus Books in California, has been visiting the London Book Fair since she purchased the bookstores in 1995 in order to bring back an annual customer favorite: British remainders.

Road Trip! A Tour of the West in Search of Sublime Bookstores

David Shapiro, the founder and president of Craigmore Creations, traveled from the Willamette Valley to the Grand Canyon to take the pulse of independent bookselling and draw attention to books from his new publishing house. What he found was a thriving culture of reading in the West and small towns that love books and their independent bookstores.

Kobo: What You Need to Know

Here’s a round-up of details about the Kobo Mother’s Day promotion and creative marketing tips featured in the April 23 edition of the Kobo: What You Need to Know newsletter.

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The Indie Sci-Fi & Fantasy Bestseller List

Based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending April 20, 2014.