Children’s Book Week Kicks Off With Announcement of Award Winners

    The kickoff of the 96th annual celebration of Children’s Book Week included the presentation of the Children’s Choice Book Awards at a gala hosted by Jon Scieszka on Monday, May 4, in New York City.

    BEA Offers Much for Children’s Booksellers

    Programming of special interest to children’s booksellers at BEA includes the Children’s Book Art Auction and Reception, the BEA Children’s Book & Author Breakfast, YA and Middle Grade Editors’ Buzz panels and author stage appearances, the Speed Dating Lunch With Children’s Book Authors, the Tea With Children’s Book Authors & Illustrators, and more.

    Speed-Dating for Book Group Picks Returns to BEA: Signup Required by May 18

    On Friday, May 29, at BEA, Carol Fitzgerald, president of ReadingGroupGuides.com, will emcee a speed-dating session designed to give booksellers, librarians, bloggers, and book group leaders a sneak peek at upcoming titles that will be natural book group picks.

    ILSR: Local Officials Must Say No to Amazon Tax Breaks

    In this commentary, which first appeared on the op-ed page of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Institute for Local Self Reliance explains why the news that Amazon wants to expand its footprint in Minnesota, but only with significant public subsidies, should put taxpayers and public officials on high alert.

     

    ABFE Update: New Hope for PATRIOT Act Reform

    The American Booksellers for Free Expression is strongly supporting the FREEDOM Act, which would make significant changes to the PATRIOT Act, something booksellers have long been advocating for. 

    Summer/Fall 2015 Indies Introduce Titles Announced, Signup Opens

    Publishers are offering specials on 10 adult titles and 10 children’s titles chosen by panels of booksellers from across the U.S. as the top debuts of the summer/fall 2015 season. Featured titles include adult fiction, middle grade, and YA publishing between June and October 2015.

    Bookstores Nationwide Ready for Saturday’s Celebration of Independent Bookstore Day

    For the first annual nationwide celebration of Independent Bookstore Day, this Saturday, May 2, indie bookstores in cities and towns across the country will feature book-related activities, special promotions, prizes, and signed prints and literary merchandise from well-known authors created exclusively for the day.

    Important BEA Deadlines for ABA Members

    Here’s a look at key deadlines for booksellers planning to take advantage of exclusive ABA member-only events and discounted prices at BookExpo America 2015.

    Ci3: A Bright Future for Children’s Book Market

    Children’s book sales hit a record high last year, and independent booksellers continue to serve an important role in that market, said Kristen McLean, the founder and CEO of Bookigee, during the ABC Children’s Institute featured talk “The U.S. Children’s Book Market — Where We Are and Where We’re Going.”

    Jewell Parker Rhodes Closes Children’s Institute With Powerful Talk on Diversity

    Author Jewell Parker Rhodes delivered a stirring closing keynote speech at the ABC Children’s Institute last week, earning a standing ovation for her talk on the importance of diversity in children’s literature. “I do believe that in not seeing myself in books, I almost missed my calling as a writer,” Rhodes shared.

    The June 2015 Indie Next List Preview

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

    Elizabeth Alexander on The Light of the World, May’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

    Distinguished poet Elizabeth Alexander is the author of The Light of the World, a heartbreaking memoir about the sudden death of her husband and the memories that make up a family. 

    112 Artists Donate Works to 21st Children’s Book Art Auction & Reception

    To date, 112 artists and illustrators have donated artwork for the 21st Annual Children’s Book Art Auction and Reception, to be held in conjunction with BEA 2015. Tickets for the May 26 event are on sale now.

    Time Change Announced for Celebration of Bookselling at BEA

    ABA’s 2015 Celebration of Bookselling & Author Awards Lunch at BookExpo America will begin a half hour earlier than previously announced.

    What Booksellers Need to Know About Google’s Mobile-Friendly Update

    A recent update to Google’s search algorithm privileges mobile-friendly websites by ranking them higher in search results on mobile devices. While this may impact searches for some bookstore websites, affected businesses should take a considered approach rather than rushing to accommodate the change.

    Treeline Analytics Tips and Tricks: Quick Health Exam

    Edelweiss/Treeline Education and Outreach Coordinator Joe Foster demonstrates how booksellers can quickly get a feel for what is happening with their inventory by looking at three Treeline screens: Market Top Sellers, Trends, and the In-Stock Bar Chart.

    “Dream Big” This National Small Business Week

    As a supporting cosponsor of National Small Business Week, this May 4 – 8, ABA presents a column by Maria Contreras-Sweet, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, on the event’s many offerings.

    Ohio Booksellers Urged to Call on Governor to Support E-Fairness

    ABA is urging booksellers to follow up a letter sent by B&N CEO Michael P. Huseby and ABA CEO Oren Teicher to Ohio Gov. John Kasich with their own letters calling for an e-fairness solution in the state.

    E-Fairness Bills in Louisiana Unanimously Clear Ways & Means Committee

    On Tuesday, the Louisiana House Ways & Means Committee held a hearing on affiliate nexus bills that would require remote retailers to collect and remit sales tax in the state. Testifying in support of the bills was ABA member Tom Lowenburg of Octavia Books.

    Booksellers Reaffirm Support for Charlie Hebdo

    The American Booksellers for Free Expression has joined the National Coalition Against Censorship, the Association of American Publishers, and others in reaffirming their support for Charlie Hebdo. In recent days, prominent American literary figures have criticized the French satirical magazine for cartoons that they believe are anti-Muslim.

    Book Industry Charitable Foundation Launches Fundraising Campaign

    During the month of May, the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation will be seeking 50 new sustaining donors to provide ongoing support for its bookseller assistance programs.

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