Keynote, Featured Speakers Announced for 2016 Children’s Institute

    Award-winning authors Julia Alvarez, Dave Barry, and Kate DiCamillo will be the keynote speakers at the 2016 ABC Children’s Institute, to be held June 21– 23, at the Wyndham Orlando Resort International in Orlando, Florida.

    Back and Forth: Backlist or the Body Politic? — A Letter From ABA President Betsy Burton

    ABA President Betsy Burton shares her method of facing the “problem” of returning to her bookstore from the Winter Institute with so many ideas to implement.

    ABA Announces 2016 Board Candidates

    ABA’s Board of Directors, which met last month just prior to Winter Institute 11, approved the ABA Nominating Committee’s recommendation of four candidates to stand for election to three-year terms (2016 – 2019) as directors on the ABA Board.

    Survey Finds Indie Businesses Growing, But Policies Favor Large Companies

    Independent businesses experienced healthy sales growth in 2015, buoyed by their strong community ties and growing public awareness of the benefits of locally owned businesses, according to the Independent Business Survey, released today by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in partnership with Advocates for Independent Business.

    Children’s Institute Scholarship Application Open Until March 31

    ABA is currently accepting applications for publisher-sponsored scholarships to the 2016 ABC Children’s Institute, to be held in June in Orlando, Florida.

    Spring Forum Education Refocuses on the New Localism

    In response to booksellers’ feedback at Winter Institute 11, ABA’s Spring Forums will now feature an education session based on the new Civic Economics study “Amazon and Empty Storefronts: The Fiscal and Land Use Impact of Online Retail.”

    Wi11: Bringing the Localism Movement to the Next Level

    The Wi11 panel discussion “The New Localism” brought together experts and thought leaders on local economies for a discussion about the next phase in the localism movement — evolving the movement from public discourse to public policy.

    The Dangers of Self-Censorship

    ABFE Director Chris Finan looks at the implications for the freedom to write, publish, and sell books, when authors and publishers respond to controversies over their works by pulling them from the marketplace.

    Op-Ed: Minimum Wage Hike’s Effect on Main Street

    In this op-ed from the January 24 edition of the Albany Times-Union, Susan Novotny of the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza and Market Block Books explains why it is crucial that small business owners have a voice in discussions to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

    Minimum Wage Roundup

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

    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.

    IndieCommerce: Understanding Your Web Traffic

    The IndieCommunication newsletter of February 10 presents a one-question survey on web traffic, a new schedule for IndieCommerce webinars, an update on the “Advanced Search” feature, and more.

    Kobo Valentine’s Day Special Ends February 14

    Booksellers can take advantage of Kobo’s Valentine’s Day special, which offers $20 off the $109.99 price of the Kobo Glo HD eReader through February 14.

    Hundreds of Stores Sign On for Independent Bookstore Day

    A total of 430 stores have ordered exclusive literary-themed items to sell during this year’s celebration of Independent Bookstore Day on April 30.

    Third House Books & Coffee to Highlight Small Presses, Local Writers

    Former English Literature doctoral student Kiren Valjee plans to open Third House Books & Coffee in Gainesville, Florida, this spring.

    Booksy Galore Triples Size, Sales

    Four months after a relocation that tripled its footprint, Booksy Galore in Pound Ridge, New York, has seen many new faces and an incredible growth in sales.

    Around Indies

    East City Bookshop to open in Washington, D.C.; New look for Main Street Books; Clues Unlimited a mainstay in Tucson

    BTW News Briefs

    New Harry Potter play to be released in print, e-book form; Germany fixes e-book prices to protect bricks-and-mortar stores; Agate Publishing launches children’s imprint with African American focus; National Book Foundation appoints Lisa Lucas executive director; Ingram names new COO for VitalSource; NAACP Image Award winners in literature announced; Audio Publishers Association names award finalists 

    Clean Up Your Inbox: Let Us Know the Correct Staff to Receive ABA Communications

    ABA is in the midst of a new initiative to ensure that its e-mail communications, which cover a wide range of topics and specialties, are reaching the right personnel at member stores.