ABA Announces 2014 Indies Choice and E.B. White Read-Aloud Award Winners

The winners of the 2014 Indies Choice Book Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards, as voted by independent booksellers nationwide, were announced today by the American Booksellers Association.

A Letter From ABA’s CEO

In his bimonthly letter to members, ABA CEO Oren Teicher discusses topics raised at the recent Spring Forums and invites booksellers to take advantage of upcoming educational opportunities, including two new programs that provide booksellers with a chance to meet with publishers at BEA.

Penguin Random House to Host Nightcaps at Hotel ABA

Penguin Random House is inviting all ABA member booksellers attending BEA 2014 to Hotel ABA, the Grand Hyatt New York, on Tuesday evening, May 27, for informal nightcaps.

Minnesota Bookseller Wins Grand Prize Hotel ABA Stay

A bookseller from St. Paul, Minnesota, is the grand prize winner of a free four-night hotel stay at Hotel ABA, courtesy of BookExpo America.

Deadline for BEA Scholarship Drawing for Kids’ Institute Participants Extended to April 25

The deadline for ABC Children’s Institute attendees to submit an entry to win one of five scholarships covering a three-night stay at the Barnard College dormitory during BEA is now April 25.

Editors Look Forward to Meeting Booksellers

How does a book get from an author’s imagination to the shelves of your store? What part does an editor play in the acquisition of a submission, the development of a manuscript, or the production of a book? ABA members attending BEA can sign up now for a unique opportunity to meet as part of a small group with an editor at a publishing house to get answers to these questions and more.

Reservations for ABC Children’s Group Events at BEA Close May 12

Don’t miss out on special events at next month’s BookExpo America planned exclusively for bookseller members of the ABC Children’s Group at ABA.

Stage Set for World Book Night

With the April 23 celebration of World Book Night just days away, booksellers at stores from coast to coast are getting ready for giver parties, author events, and in-store performances. 

Children’s Institute Panelists Share Successful Book Fair Practices

At last week’s Children’s Institute in San Antonio, Texas, four panelists offered best strategies for hosting book fair fundraisers in stores and in schools.

PEN World Voices Festival Offers Discount to Booksellers, Customers

Booksellers and their customers are invited to take advantage of a 20 percent discount on a wide range of PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature events, taking place from April 28 to May 4 in venues around New York City.

AIB Publishes Policy Paper on Access to Capital for Small Businesses

Advocates for Independent Business has produced the Backgrounder on the Small Business Credit Crunch, which outlines broad policy solutions, with a focus on strengthening and expanding community banks, increasing credit union business lending, and reorienting the SBA’s loan guarantee programs.

Colorado House Passes Sales Tax Fairness Bill

On April 14, the Colorado House of Representatives passed the Marketplace Fairness & Small Business Protection Act, a bill that would require remote retailers with nexus in the state to collect and remit sales tax on purchases made by Colorado residents.

Amazon to Begin Collecting Sales Tax in Florida

Amazon.com will be required to collect and remit sales tax in Florida beginning May 1, according to media reports this week. The requirement to collect was part of a real estate deal to build  a 1.1 million-square-foot fulfillment center in Hillsborough County.

Watch Now: The Great Good Place Conversation at Winter Institute 9

Booksellers can now watch professional video of The Great Good Place Conversation at Winter Institute, which featured a discussion between sociologist and author Ray Oldenburg and Third Place Books owner Ron Sher.

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 Technology 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.

Kobo Writing Life Events Strengthen Relationships Between Indies and Self-Published Authors

Events sponsored by Kobo Writing Life, Kobo’s do-it-yourself e-book publishing platform, have been a success in drawing both authors and customers to local independent bookstores around the country.

An Indies Introduce New Voices Q&A With Alexandra Duncan

Alexandra Duncan is the author of Salvage (Greenwillow Books), a spring 2014 New Voices title for young adults and a Kids’ Indie Next List pick.

Fact Meets Fiction: A Candid Conversation With A.J. Fikry

Writer Lauren Lexa asks readers to suspend a little disbelief and enjoy this humorous introduction to the leading man in Gabrielle Zevin’s The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (Algonquin). The “interview” is reprinted here with permission from Ingram Book Group.

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in February

Retail sales at bookstores were down by 6.8 percent in February 2014 compared to February 2013, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

BTW News Briefs

ABA president talks U.S. indies at London Book Fair; ABFFE’s Chris Finan wins Hefner award; Top 10 most frequently challenged books revealed; Pulitzer Prize winners announced; Los Angeles Times Book Prizes awarded; McNamee steps down as president of EBF; University presses look to Ingram’s CoreSource 

Around Indies

McIntyre’s celebrates 25 years; Books Inc. bookseller sets record; New York and Seattle bookstores featured; Green Apple to open outpost at video store; Ye Olde Warwick marks two years; Bookends & Beginnings to open in June; Phoenix Books hosts Poetry Fest