James Patterson Fulfills $1M Pledge

    Author James Patterson has announced the final 81 bookstores that will be receiving a total of $473,000 in grants as part of his $1 million Saving Bookstores, Saving Lives campaign.

    Friday Deadline to Rejoin Visa/MasterCard Settlement

    Retailers that previously opted out of the Visa/MasterCard credit card swipe fee class action settlement have until this Friday, December 19, to rejoin the cash settlement class.

    Winter Institute Refund Policy Deadline December 31

    ABA will refund the conference fee for booksellers who cancel their Winter Institute registrations by December 31; however, they should contact the association as soon as possible to give waiting booksellers a better chance of attending.

    Rapid Replenishment From Publishers Available Through Holidays

    Booksellers can still add to their bottom lines this holiday season by taking advantage of expedited order fulfillment programs offered by HarperCollins, Random House, and Simon & Schuster through the Indies First initiative.

    Appointments Being Accepted for Winter Institute 10’s Consultation Station

    The Consultation Station, featuring representatives from ABA’s affiliated business solution partners, POS vendors, and others, returns to the Winter Institute on Tuesday, February 10, and Wednesday, February 11, 2015. Booksellers who are interested in meeting with specific vendors are encouraged to set up appointments in advance.

    BTW’s Holiday Schedule

    Due to the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays, this year’s final issue of Bookselling This Week will arrive in subscribers’ inboxes next Tuesday afternoon, December 23.

    Free BTW Classifieds Available to ABA Member Stores

    All ABA bookstore members in good standing are entitled to four free two-week Classified Ad insertions in Bookselling This Week each year.

    Around Indies

    Left Bank holiday book drive for Ferguson students met with overwhelming support; Phinney Books’ owner shares insights on his first holiday season; Taylor Books adds used book room

    The Indie Healthy Living Bestseller List

    Based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending December 14, 2014.