Booksellers Win Ruling Against Louisiana Internet Restriction

    Two New Orleans bookstores have won an important battle in their challenge to a Louisiana law that would require them to verify the age of visitors to their store websites.

    Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce Titles Revealed: Signup Opens

    Publishers are offering specials on 10 adult titles and 10 children’s titles chosen by panels of ABA member booksellers from across the U.S. as the top debuts of the upcoming publishing season.

    53 Booksellers Named ABC Children’s Institute Scholarship Recipients

    Thanks to the generosity of lead sponsor Baker & Taylor, 38 publisher sponsors, and the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, 53 ABA member booksellers will be attending this June’s ABC Children’s Institute on scholarship.

    New Report Examines Strategies to Create Affordable Rents for Indies

    A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance explores six strategies that cities are using to create an affordable environment where local businesses can thrive.

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    The June 2016 Indie Next List Preview

    The June 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.

    The May ’16 Now in Paperback/Revisit & Rediscover Flier, Shelf-Talkers

    Downloadable fliers and shelf-talkers are now available to promote the May Indie Next List’s Next Great Reads, Now in Paperback titles, and Revisit & Rediscover backlist favorites.

    Celebration of Bookselling Now Full: Waitlist Forming

    ABA’s Celebration of Bookselling and Author Awards Lunch at BEA is currently booked to capacity; however, booksellers can add their names to a waitlist.

    Speed-Dating for Book Group Picks Returns to BEA: Signup Required by May 3

    The BEA speed-dating session presented by will give booksellers, librarians, bloggers, and book group leaders a sneak peek at upcoming titles from 21 publishers that are ideal for book groups.

    Still Time to Purchase Tickets for Lunch or Tea With Children’s Book Authors

    On Friday afternoon, May 13, at BEA, ABA member booksellers and friends of the Children’s Book Council will have two opportunities to connect with children’s book authors and illustrators.

    North Carolina Booksellers Continue to Foster Conversation on H.B. 2

    Authors and customers are showing their support for indie bookstores in North Carolina as booksellers around the state open their doors to create venues for discussion and education about House Bill 2.

    Booksellers Take Independent Bookstore Day Initiatives Statewide

    To celebrate Independent Bookstore Day, April 30, booksellers in Vermont and New Jersey are launching programs to showcase the range of indie bookstores each state has to offer. 

    Protesters Picket Author Appearance at Porter Square Books

    Cambridge, Massachusetts, bookstore owner David Sandberg met protestors at an April 19 author appearance with sympathy and respect and a statement that explained why it was important for the event to go on as planned.

    Children’s Book Week Display Contest Kicks Off April 30

    Booksellers are invited to enter this year’s Children’s Book Week display contest by mounting in-store or window displays celebrating children’s books and reading from April 30 through May 8.

    IndieCommerce: BEA One-on-Ones, a New Feature & Secure Images

    The April 27 edition of the IndieCommunication newsletter features reminders about the IndieCommerce Institute and one-on-one meetings at BEA, as well as information on a new feature and secure images.

    ABA Membership Monthly: DIY Designs and Downloads

    This installment of the monthly column about the hidden gems of ABA membership focuses on BookWeb’s DIY Designs and Downloads, which gives ABA members access to editable designs, templates, and starter kits to help them personalize their store’s marketing materials.

    Banned in Boston: The Battle Begins

    This article, part of an occasional series on the history of free speech by ABFE Director Chris Finan, looks at efforts to ban H.L. Mencken's magazine, American Mercury, in 1920s Boston, which marked the start of a critical battle for free speech in books.

    An Indies Introduce Q&A With Sara Baume

    Sara Baume is the author of the Winter/Spring Indies Introduce debut title Spill Simmer Falter Wither, which Mary Wolf of Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse called “an amazing achievement by a writer who makes her work seem effortless.”

    Treeline Tips and Tricks: Learning From the Buzz

    Edelweiss/Treeline Education Coordinator Joe Foster explains how indie booksellers can discover upcoming titles with a lot of potential by looking at the review and shelf activity in Edelweiss among ABA members.

    ABC Children’s Group Offers Special Perks and Benefits for Members

    The ABC Children’s Group at ABA, which is dedicated to expanding the reach of children’s books, is a useful tool that all ABA member booksellers are invited to take advantage of. 

    Bel & Bunna’s Books Plans Opening for Late May

    Clare McNeill aims to open Bel & Bunna’s Books, “a literary wonderland for children and young adults,” in Lafayette, California’s downtown shopping district by Memorial Day.

    What’s in a Name?: The Regulator Bookshop

    Tom Campbell, co-owner of The Regulator Bookshop, explains the origins of the Durham, North Carolina, store’s name.

    Around Indies

    Cabot Street Books and Cards to open in June; Queens Bookshop Initiative makes progress; Open Books to welcome new owner; Cellar Door Books honored by assemblymember

    BTW News Briefs

    PBS to host panels, livestream coverage from BEA and BookCon; NetGalley blog highlights Independent Bookstore Day; B&N founder Len Riggio to retire; Bargain wholesaler Book Depot launches automation project; IPG announces POD deals with Bookmasters and Edwards Brothers Malloy