Winter Institute 12: Scholarship Application Form Now Open

    Booksellers interested in applying for a chance to win a publisher-sponsored scholarship to the 2017 Winter Institute can do so now via a form on

    Kobo Unveils Two New eReaders

    On August 17, Kobo announced the release of two new eReaders: the Kobo Aura ONE and the Kobo Aura Edition 2, which will be available starting September 6. 

    August 31 Order Deadline for ABC Best Books Catalog

    Orders for this year’s ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalog are being accepted through August 31. The full-color, 20-page consumer circular is slated to be in stores in early October.

    The Autumn 2016 Kids’ Indie Next List Preview

    The Autumn Kids’ Indie Next List features booksellers’ top 10 children’s picks for the fall publishing season, 33 additional titles organized by age group, plus nine Revisit & Rediscover favorites.

    Ann Patchett on “Commonwealth,” September’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

    Ann Patchett talks to BTW about her seventh novel, Commonwealth, which examines how one chance encounter irrevocably changed the course of two families’ lives. 

    An Indies Introduce Q&A With Adriana Mather

    Adriana Mather is the author of How to Hang a Witch, a Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce debut that “truly stands out as unique in the realm of teen fiction,” said Lisa Nehs of Books & Company.

    Beyond Barcodes Bookstore Helps Unite Kokomo, Indiana

    DeAndra Beard, founder of Beyond Borders Language Learning Center, opened Bind Café and Beyond Barcodes multicultural bookstore in January to extend the center’s mission of bringing the community together through language, learning, and discussion. 

    Murfreesboro, North Carolina’s First Bookstore to Open August 19

    Caroline Stephenson is opening Cultivator Bookstore to “cultivate” community, foster literacy, and improve the quality of life for families living in the rural, high-poverty community of Murfreesboro.

    Minimum Wage Update

    This week, the city councils of Minneapolis and Cleveland rejected minimum wage increase proposals; Colorado took a step towards putting a statewide minimum wage initiative on the November ballot; and Iowa’s Linn County supervisors are voting on whether to draft a minimum wage ordinance.

    Retail Sales at Bookstores Up in June

    Retail sales at bookstores were up by 5 percent in June 2016 compared to June 2015, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

    Obituary: Robert Hugo, Founder of Massachusetts’ HugoBooks

    Robert “Bob” W. Hugo, the founder of HugoBooks, died on July 27, 2016, in Newburyport, Massachusetts, of complications from a recent illness. He was 72.

    Around Indies

    Belmont Books to open in Massachusetts; Successful start for Ohio’s Gathering Volumes; Bookshop Santa Cruz debuts artful reading bench; Norwich Bookstore wins Independent Spirit Award

    BTW News Briefs

    B&N announces CEO’s departure; Amazon to start collecting sales tax in Alabama; PEN/Nabokov Award revived to honor international writers; Christian Robinson to illustrate 2017 Children’s Book Week poster; Sesame Street and Running Press team up

    The Indie Comics & Graphic Works Bestseller List

    Based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending August 14, 2016.