Random House Two-Day Transit Returns for Holidays

    Random House has announced that its popular Two-Day Transit holiday shipping program will be back for a third year, beginning November 1 and running through January 30, 2015.

    Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer Call on Authors to Support Indies First Campaign

    In a letter released this week, authors Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer are calling on their fellow authors to show their support for Indies First by signing up to be booksellers at their favorite independent bookstores on November 29, Small Business Saturday.

    Winter Institute Waitlists Forming

    Registration and hotel reservations for Winter Institute 2015 opened last Thursday, September 18, and sold out in record time. Waitlists are now forming for both.

    Azar Nafisi Joins Winter Institute Keynote Roster

    The newest addition to the list of keynote presenters for the 10th anniversary of the Winter Institute is Azar Nafisi, author of the national bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, the winner of the 2004 Book Sense Book of the Year Award for nonfiction.

    Workshop at Wi10 Aimed at Prospective & New Bookstore Owners

    The workshop “Introduction to Retail Bookselling,” on Sunday, February 8, just prior to the opening of Winter Institute 2015, will provide new and prospective booksellers with a crash course in critical aspects of bookstore ownership and management.

    The October ’14 Now in Paperback Flier & Shelf-Talkers

    The October Indie Next List’s 12 “Now in Paperback” titles are featured with bookseller quotes on a downloadable flier and shelf-talkers.

    A.S. King on Community and Passing on the Gift of Hope

    Award-winning author A.S. King delivered these inspiring remarks at the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association Fall Conference on Sunday, September 21. King’s latest novel for young adults, Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future, will be published next month.

    Author Events and Free Speech

    With the recent release of the paperback edition of Stephen Jimenez’s controversial The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard, ABFFE President Chris Finan reflects on the failed efforts to force 23 bookstores to cancel their events for the book last year and announces plans for an ABFFE program at Winter Institute.

    Bookstores, Publishers File Suit to Protect Free Speech in Arizona

    The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression and five independent bookstores are among the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed in federal court this week challenging a new Arizona criminal law that bans nude images.

    ABC Children’s Group Launches E-Newsletter

    The ABC One-Two-Three newsletter, an exclusive benefit for members of the ABC Group at ABA, will arrive via e-mail every other month with important news and updates.

    #efairnessnow Campaign Picks Up Steam

    ABA is urging its member bookstores to help the #efairnessnow social media campaign go viral by posting campaign images on their Facebook and Twitter feeds, or, as Harvard Book Store in Cambridge did, create and post their own #efairnessnow image.

    ABA Board Nominations Sought

    Any ABA member may nominate candidates for the ABA Board of Directors by October 20, 2015.

    Kobo Marketing Materials to Arrive Soon

    The American Booksellers Association has worked with Kobo to create a series of Kobo-branded in-store marketing materials that promote e-content and the free Kobo reading app.

    that promote e-content and the free Kobo reading app (rather than devices). - See more at: http://www.bookweb.org/news/kobo-marketing-materials-arrive-soon#sthash....

    Lee & Low Looks to Bring Diverse Children’s Books to Independent Bookstores

    In light of the push to make more diverse books available to all interested readers, Lee & Low Books aims to expand its reach and establish new relationships with the independent bookselling market.

    Banned Books Week Raises Awareness of Threats to Freedom to Read

    Banned Books Week is being celebrated in bookstores throughout the country from September 21 – 27 with special events, displays, videos, and more. 

    Howorth: Sales Tax Inequity an 800-Pound Gorilla

    On September 17, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal published a letter calling for e-fairness from Richard Howorth, the owner of Square Books. The letter was written in response to an article that noted Mississippi is one of 10 states most reliant on sales taxes as a share of revenue.

    Sales Tax Fairness Roundup

    Congress to take up e-fairness post-election; Amazon to collect in Minnesota and Maryland

    An Indies Introduce New Voices Q&A With Kendall Kulper

    Kendall Kulper is the author of Salt & Storm, a Summer/Fall 2014 Indies Introduce New Voices pick for young adults. “With achingly beautiful prose, Kulper has crafted an intricately knotted story of love and revenge, legacy and sacrifice, destiny and freedom,” said Summer Laurie of Books Inc.

    Obituary: Stephen L. Cogil Casari, Founder of Tattered Cover Book Store

    Stephen Cogil Casari, who founded the Tattered Cover Book Store in 1970 in Denver, died in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on September 15, 2014, at the age of 66.

    Around Indies

    Maria’s Bookshop celebrates 30th anniversary; Broadway Books finds new co-owner; Scuppernong Books adds new owners; Left Bank Books voted Best Bookstore; Literati Bookstore expands, adds coffee shop; King City Books opens for business

    BTW News Briefs

    Authors United to ask Justice Department for Amazon inquiry; Women’s National Book Association selects Great Group Reads; NCAC announces winners of Cameron Post Essay Contest; Penguin Random House in partnership with Universal Pictures

    The Indie SciFi & Fantasy Bestseller List

    Based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending September 21, 2014.