Nominations Sought for 2016 Pannell Awards

    The Women’s National Book Association is accepting nominations for the 2016 WNBA Pannell Awards, honoring a general bookstore and a children’s specialty store that enhance their communities by using exceptional creativity to foster a love of reading and books among their patrons.

    A Pricing Special for New IndieCommerce Users

    To encourage bookstores not currently using the IndieCommerce platform to give it a try, ABA is offering a special six-month promotion as well as a chance to win an entire free year.

    The True Cost of Amazon Revealed in New Study

    At last week’s Winter Institute, Civic Economics and ABA released a groundbreaking new study, “Amazon and Empty Storefronts,” which details the overall negative impact that Amazon has had on Main Street retailers and jobs, and the communities in which they are located, across the country.

    Wi11 Education Session Brings Human Resources to the Forefront

    Dr. John Sherlock, director of the Master of Science in Human Resources Program at Western Carolina University, led a discussion at Winter Institute 11 focusing on HR essentials for small businesses.

    Booksellers Share Tips on How to Start Working With Title I Schools

    At Winter Institute 11, a panel of booksellers discussed strategies for connecting with Title I coordinators in their local schools and making use of federal funding to provide a robust education for underserved students.

    New and Prospective Booksellers Find Inspiration, Camaraderie at Winter Institute

    Among the new and prospective booksellers at Wi11 were Rebecca George, who is opening Volumes Bookcafé in Chicago in a month, and Maggie and Wes Hansen, who are planning to open a bookstore in Austin, Texas, later this year.

    Rumors Swirl About Amazon’s Brick-and-Mortar Growth

    Amazon’s plans to open new physical bookstore locations throughout the U.S. are “modest,” according to the New York Times, despite earlier media reports that Amazon was looking to open up to 400 bricks-and-mortar storefronts.

    The March 2016 Indie Next List Preview

    The March Indie Next List flier, now on its way to stores in the IndieBound movement, features the month’s Indie Next Great Reads, Now in Paperback titles, and Revisit & Rediscover backlist favorites.

    Melanie Benjamin on “The Swans of Fifth Avenue,” February’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

    The Swans of Fifth Avenue, which evokes Truman Capote’s entrée into socialite Babe Paley’s rarified life and his ultimate betrayal of her, is a “fun, kind of gossipy read” that author Melanie Benjamin hopes readers will enjoy.

    BEA Scholarship Program Offers Travel Stipends to Qualified ABA Members

    BEA is offering ABA member booksellers who have not attended the trade show in the last two years the opportunity to win one of 60 BEA scholarships to help defray their hotel and travel costs.

    BEA Adult Book & Author Breakfast Speakers Announced

    Sebastian Junger, Colson Whitehead, and Louise Penny will be featured at the 2016 BEA Adult Book & Author Breakfast, emceed by NPR’s Faith Salie.

    IndieBound Refresher Pack to Arrive In Stores This Month

    The IndieBound Refresher pack, which was created at the request of booksellers looking to re-familiarize themselves with the IndieBound program, contains bookmarks, decals, rally cards, and pins that promote the power of shopping local.

    IndieCommerce: New Content for 2016 Training Webinars

    The IndieCommunication newsletter of February 3 provides an update on changes to the IndieCommerce webinar schedule and topics, which are based on the results of a recent survey of IndieCommerce stores.

    Non-IndieCommerce Stores: February 29 Deadline for Chance to Win Free Year of E-Commerce

    ABA is offering members not currently using the IndieCommerce program a chance to win a free year of the e-commerce platform for indie booksellers.

    Kobo to Offer Valentine’s Day Special on Glo HD eReader

    Kobo is launching a new Valentine’s Day special on February 5 that offers $20 off the price of the Kobo Glo HD eReader.

    Indie Bookstore Nominations Roll in for Sourcebooks Sweepstakes

    Sourcebooks Landmark is accepting customers’ nominations for the Readers, Recommend Your Bookstore sweepstakes through February 19. Top nominees currently include Anderson’s Bookshop, Page & Palette, and Left Bank Books, among others.

    New America Event Focuses on Amazon Book Monopoly

    Panelists including Scott Turow, Doug Preston, Susan Cheever, Franklin Foer, and others discussed Amazon’s power in the book market and whether the government should investigate its practices during an event last week sponsored by New America.

    Petition Launched to Support UConn Co-op

    As the UConn Co-op fights to remain the official bookstore for the University of Connecticut, supporters have launched a petition on Change.org before the bookstore selection committee meets on February 8.

    Around Indies

    Scattered Books settles in; Burlingham Books marks 10 years; Lido Village Books to expand, rebrand; Novel Neighbor profiled; The King’s English’s Betsy Burton honored; Porter Square’s Josh Cook launches “Better Book Tour”; BookPeople’s Julie Wernersbach to join Texas Book Festival

    BTW News Briefs

    Dayton Literary Peace Prize accepting entries; Villarosa Media to publish first book; Bookstore café specialist joins Paz & Associates; Survey by children’s publisher correlates lack of diverse books to lack of diverse staff; Ella Boureau named Lambda Literary’s awards administrator; 2016 PEN Literary Awards shortlists announced

    The Indie Love & Romance Bestseller List

    Based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending January 24, 2016.