67 Booksellers Named 2016 Winter Institute Scholarship Winners

    ABA announces the winners of 67 scholarships to the January 2016 Winter Institute. Fifty-eight of the scholarships have been awarded to booksellers by the event’s publisher sponsors.

    We Need Diverse Books Campaign for “Drum Dream Girl” Aims to Effect Change

    This holiday season, We Need Diverse Books is challenging booksellers to shine the spotlight on Margarita Engle’s Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music, an initiative to effect change through the power of the hand-sell.

    The December ’15 Now in Paperback/Revisit & Rediscover Flier, Shelf-Talkers

    An expanded array of downloadable fliers and shelf-talkers is now available to help booksellers promote all of the titles on the December Indie Next List — Indie Next Great Reads, Now in Paperback titles, and Revisit & Rediscover backlist favorites.

    Face Out: ABA Board Member Matthew Norcross on His Life Among Books

    ABA Board member Matthew Norcross of McLean & Eakin Booksellers talks about his early experiences with books and reading, his beginnings as a bookseller, important changes in the book industry, and more.

    The Free Speech Controversy on Campus

    Some of the students involved in campus protests over racial discrimination have demonstrated hostility toward the free speech rights of others. Should booksellers side with a minority that is trying to make itself heard or condemn those who violate the very rights that make protest possible? asks ABFE Director Chris Finan.

    December 7 Deadline to Register for Wi11 Advanced Learning Sessions

    Owners and managers who are interested in attending any of Winter Institute 2016’’s four Advanced Learning Education sessions must register by Monday, December 7.

    Reserve Now for Wi11’s Half-Day Bookstore Tour, Post-Institute Ski Trip

    A limited number of reservations are still available to booksellers and international guests for the January 23rd half-day tour of Denver-area bookstores; there is also space on the Après Institute Ski Trip on January 27 for booksellers, publishers, and their families and friends.

    AIB Infographic Shows Hidden Costs of Amazon

    Advocates for Independent Business has created an eye-catching infographic providing data on the real costs of shopping at Amazon — and why shopping locally is better for the local community.

    Indie Bookstores in Quarterfinals for Independent We Stand’s Small Business of the Year Award

    Four independent bookstores are among the 25 quarterfinalists for Independent We Stand’s Independent Small Business of the Year Award for 2015. Anyone can vote multiple times through December 13 to help choose 10 semifinalists.

    Indie Bookstore Owner Bernie Tushaus Remembered

    Bernie Tushaus, the longtime co-owner with his wife, Jane, of Prairie Books & Gifts in Hastings, Nebraska, died in October. In a letter to ABA, his son, Michael Tushaus, recently paid tribute to his father and his 40-year career in independent bookselling. 

    Kobo Offers Indies First and Black Friday Specials

    Booksellers can now take advantage of special pricing on the new Glo HD eReader, plus new DIY web banners and handouts that coincide with Indies First and Black Friday events.

    Constant Contact Offers 40% Off to New Subscribers

    From now through November 30, Constant Contact is offering a Cyber Monday Special: New subscribers can sign up for Constant Contact’s full range of e-mail marketing tools and free coaching at 40 percent off for three months.

    Understanding Upcoming UPS and FedEx Small Package Rate Increases

    PartnerShip®, an ABA business service affinity partner, provides information about UPS and FedEx rate increases that go into effect on December 28, 2015, and January 4, 2016, respectively.

    Around Indies

    New bookstores in Beacon, New York; Reston, Virginia; and Washington, D.C.; Village Books opens branch in Lynden, Washington; New owner for Merritt Books; Fox NFL Sunday features Eagle Eye Bookshop 

    BTW News Briefs

    Boston initiative encourages shoppers to support small businesses; NetGalley shows support for Indies First; New Zealand to start taxing e-books from overseas retailers; A Moveable Feast sales spike after Paris terrorist attacks; Bookbuilders of Boston blog series spotlights indie bookstores