Children’s Institute Opens With Welcome Reception and Backlist Book Swap Party

    Indie booksellers were joined by publishers, authors, and other industry professionals at the Wyndham Orlando Resort on Tuesday evening for the ABC Children’s Institute Welcome Reception and Backlist Book Swap Party.

    Adult, Children’s Book Lists Available in Wake of Orlando Tragedy

    In response to last week’s tragedy in Orlando, ABA has compiled a list of titles suggested by booksellers on LGBTQ issues, acceptance, and grief. The list is available to everyone as an Excel file on BookWeb.org.

    ABA Board Encourages Stores to Participate in ABACUS Before July 1 Deadline

    The ABA Board is urging member stores to submit their 2015 financial data to the ABACUS-15 survey by the July 1 deadline. The data booksellers will receive in return is “incomparable,” the Board said.

    Author Ben H. Winters on Underground Airlines, July’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

    Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters imagines a present-day America in which the Civil War never happened and slavery is still practiced in four Southern states.

    Face Out: ABA Board Member Chris Morrow on His Life Among Books

    Northshire Bookstore co-owner Chris Morrow, who joined the ABA Board this past May, talks about his earliest experiences with books and reading, his goals as a new Board member, and more.

    Tattered Cover’s Vlahos Delivers Optimistic Message at Australian Booksellers Association Conference

    Tattered Cover co-owner Len Vlahos shared his confidence in the future of independent bookselling in an opening keynote at last month’s Australian Booksellers Association Annual Conference.

    American Booksellers, Publishers, and Librarians Praise Hong Kong Bookseller

    ABA, AAP, and ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom have praised a Hong Kong bookseller for revealing details of his illegal imprisonment by Chinese authorities and for refusing to identify customers in China who purchased books critical of Chinese officials.

    Rhode Island Governor Vetoes “Revenge Porn” Bill as Threat to Free Speech

    Citing concerns about free speech, Rhode Island Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has vetoed a bill that would have made booksellers, newspapers, and other media criminally liable for the distribution of nude images without the affirmative consent of the people pictured.

    Bookseller Feedback Wanted on Antitrust Action Kit

    ABA is seeking feedback from booksellers who have used the Antitrust Action Kit to urge state or federal officials to investigate Amazon for antitrust violations.

    IndieCommerce: Scam Alert, Webinar Training Update, and More

    This week’s edition of IndieCommunication includes a caution about scams, information on the next training webinar, and reminders about updating store contacts and admin accounts.

    Special Offer on Kobo Glo HD Starts June 30

    Kobo is offering a special price on the Glo HD eReader from June 30 through July 17, 2016.

    James Patterson’s BookShots Now Available Through Kobo

    Author James Patterson’s new line of fast-moving, novella-length romances and thrillers are now available as eBooks through Kobo.

    Instagram: Making Books Look Even Better

    Janet Geddis, the owner of Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia, shares her tips and tricks for using Instagram to promote her store and increase sales.

    North Carolina’s Books Unlimited Creates Separate Children’s Store

    Suzanne Harouff, who owns Books Unlimited, a new and used general interest bookstore in Franklin, North Carolina, will open her second store, Unlimited Books for Kids, on July 1.

    What’s in a Name?: Lemuria Books

    John Evans, owner of Lemuria Books in Jackson, Mississippi, explains the origins of the store’s name.

    Minimum Wage Roundup

    In Iowa, a Linn County working group recommended a minimum wage increase to $8.75 per hour; in Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf’s push for a minimum wage increase could be included in the next budget.

    Around Indies

    Queens Bookshop reaches fundraising goal; Bethany Beach Books celebrates 25th anniversary; Moon Palace Books expands

    BTW News Briefs

    Binc Foundation names new development director; Amazon to open third brick-and-mortar bookstore; Patricia Hespanha appointed executive director of HarperCollins Brasil; Scholastic to publish new edition of Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts; Fodor’s Travel sold to Internet Brands 

    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.