Indie Champion Richard Russo on the Value of Indie Bookstores

    In accepting the Indie Champion Award at BookExpo America, bestselling author Richard Russo praised the vitality of indie bookstores and recognized the indispensability of hand-selling to book discovery.

    BEA 2016: Booksellers Connect With Publishers, Authors, Fellow ABA Members

    Booksellers attending BookExpo America in Chicago last week took full advantage of ABA programming, through which they met face-to-face with publishers, got books signed by authors, and networked with other booksellers.

    A Report on the May 2016 ABA Board Meeting

    The American Booksellers Association’s Board of Directors met on May 9–10, 2016, in Chicago, Illinois, just prior to the start of BookExpo America, to work on a range of issues. 

    The Summer 2016 Kids’ Indie Next List Preview

    The Kids’ Indie Next List flier arriving at stores in the upcoming Children’s White Box features the top 10 children’s titles for the summer publishing season and an additional 33 titles organized by age group, plus nine Revisit & Rediscover titles.

    Children’s Institute Registration Closes Friday

    This Friday, May 20, is the final day to register for next month’s ABC Children’s Institute in Orlando, Florida.

    Bookseller Panel Provides Tips to Authors on Working With Indies

    At last week’s BookExpo America, a panel of four booksellers spoke to authors about how to create positive relationships with indies during an education session presented by the Authors Guild and ABA and moderated by author Richard Russo.

    Video of Kobo CEO Highlights Advantages of Promoting eBooks

    In a new video, Kobo President and CEO Michael Tamblyn urges booksellers to take advantage of all that Kobo has to offer to help brick-and-mortar bookstores bring in new customers and strengthen their overall business. 

    A Q&A With Emma Cline, Author of June’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

    Debut novelist Emma Cline explores the darker side of adolescence in The Girls, the number one pick of independent booksellers for the June 2016 Indie Next List.

    Minimum Wage Roundup

    Here’s a look at some of this week’s minimum wage stories making the news, from New Jersey to Ohio.

    Suggestions Sought for 2017 Winter Institute Speakers

    ABA encourages member booksellers and publishers to offer suggestions about authors and other professionals who would make enlightening and inspiring Winter Institute speakers.

    Shipping From Children’s Institute Made Easy

    The PartnerShip® FedEx Ship CenterSM at the ABC Children’s Institute in Orlando will make it easy for booksellers to send books and other items back to their stores as well as take advantage of the savings already available to members through the ABA Shipping Program.

    BanCard Systems Debuts New Name, Logo Following Merger

    BanCard Systems, the ABA’s affiliated credit card processing company, is changing its name to Applied Merchant, following a recent merger with Applied Merchant West Coast, LLC.

    An Indies Introduce Q&A With Rosalie Knecht

    Rosalie Knecht is the author of the Winter/Spring Indies Introduce debut title Relief Map, which Linda McLoughlin Figel of {pages: a bookstore} called “a rich and memorable read from an exciting new talent.”

    Community Lenders Show Overwhelming Support for Greenlight Bookstore’s New Location

    After bringing back the innovative Community Lenders program to raise funds for its second storefront location in Brooklyn, New York, Greenlight Bookstore has received 55 loans totaling more than $150,000.

    Retail Sales at Bookstores Up in March

    Retail sales at bookstores were up by 10.7 percent in March 2016 compared to March 2015, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

    Around Indies

    New Third Place Books location to open Saturday; Grand opening set for Creative Corner Books; Phoenix Books acquires Misty Valley Books; The Bookloft welcomes new owner; Pittsburgh’s East End Book Exchange sold to former Hachette staffers; Milkweed Editions to open bookstore in downtown Minneapolis; City of Asylum/Pittsburgh to open bookstore, restaurant, event space; river’s end celebrates 18 years

    BTW News Briefs

    We Need Diverse Books to host master class on writing, publishing for children and young adults; James Patterson honored with BEA Industry Ambassador Award; NYU Press joins Ingram Publisher Services; Next Generation Indie Book Award winners honored; HarperCollins Book Studio 16 launches shelfie video contest; 2016 Firecracker Award finalists unveiled; Nebula Award winners announced; Winner of 2016 Man Booker International Prize revealed

    The Indie Mystery & Thriller Bestseller List

    Based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending May 15, 2016.