Victory! Amazon Will Collect and Remit Sales Tax in All States With Sales Tax Laws

    After almost two decades of a hard-fought political battle to require Amazon to collect and remit sales tax in every state that collects sales tax, Main Street retailers can finally declare victory.

    Bloomberg BNA: Amazon Close to Breaking Wal-Mart Record for Subsidies

    Bloomberg BNA’s Daily Tax Report: State details how Amazon is on the verge of setting a record for garnering state and local tax subsidies.

    ABA Institutes App Now Features 2017 Children’s Institute

    Registrants for the ABC Children’s Institute, which kicks off on April 5, can now access the Children’s Institute event listing in the ABA Institutes app.

    Sign Up Now: Ci5 Advanced Education Session, IndieCommerce One-on-Ones

    With Children’s Institute just two weeks away, booksellers should sign up now if they plan to take part in the Advanced Education Session or meet with an IndieCommerce representative.

    Ci5 Consultation Station to Feature 14 Business Service Providers

    The Consultation Station at Children’s Institute will feature representatives from ABA’s affiliated business solution partners, POS vendors, and other service providers.

    Children’s Institute Publisher Consultations to Feature Six Indie Publishers

    Representatives from six small presses will be on hand to discuss upcoming titles and share finished books and advance copies with booksellers at the April 7 Publisher Consultations at Ci5.

    A Letter About BookExpo From ReedPop’s Lance Fensterman

    ReedPop Senior Global Vice President Lance Fensterman shares some of the ways BookExpo 2017 has been refocused to make it more relevant, more useful, and easier for booksellers to attend.

    Spring Forums This Month in Massachusetts, New York, and California

    Between now and the end of the month, ABA will be hosting Spring Forums in Cambridge, Massachusetts; White Plains, New York; and North Hollywood, California.

    Baker & Taylor to Offer Special Promotion in April on All Kids’ & YA Titles

    Baker & Taylor will celebrate its lead sponsorship of the fifth ABC Childrens Institute with a special discount on all children’s and young adult trade books for two weeks following the April 5–7 event. Announces Independent Bookstore Day Audiobook Giveaway

    Visitors to bookstores participating in Independent Bookstore Day will have the opportunity to download a selection of complimentary digital audiobooks.

    An Indies Introduce Q&A With Whitney Gardner

    Whitney Gardner, author of the Indies Introduce young adult debut You’re Welcome, Universe, “has managed to make a very specific and angst-filled story universally appealing and lovable,” said Molly Olivo of Barstons Child’s Play.

    An Indies Introduce Q&A With Thi Bui

    “Thi Bui’s graphic memoir is outstanding,” said Penguin Bookshop’s Susan Hans O’Connor about The Best We Could Do, a Winter/Spring 2017 Indies Introduce debut .

    Wi12 Education: ABC Presents — Starting a Children’s Book Festival

    Here are tips for planning kids’ book festivals, including teaming with area organizations, developing programming, and handling ticketing and on-site sales, as shared by bookseller panelists at Wi12.

    Wi12 Education: Converting Social Media to Sales

    Here’s a look at some of the successful social media strategies used by booksellers to drive traffic to store websites, grow e-mail lists, and increase sales, as shared at Wi12. 

    Fountain Bookstore Shares How-to Guide for Running Social Media Campaigns

    Kelly Justice, owner of Richmond, Virginia’s Fountain Bookstore, has created a comprehensive, step-by-step guide for booksellers on how to conduct successful social media campaigns.

    Square Books Creates Broadside Welcoming All

    A year ago, Square Books in Oxford, Mississippi, posted a sign in its front window announcing its welcoming attitude toward everyone who might walk through its doors.

    Porter Square Books Aims to Help Community “Be the Change”

    Following the 2016 election, Porter Square Books launched Be the Change, a civic engagement program that provides concerned citizens with a sense of community and tools for social and political change.

    My Bookstore: Kristin Harmel on Writer’s Block Bookstore

    In this excerpt from the forthcoming trade paperback edition of My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop, author Kristin Harmel pays tribute to Writer’s Block Bookstore.

    Small Press Profile: AdventureKEEN

    AdventureKEEN publishes travel guides, nature and animal books, and regional guides for hiking, paddling, cycling, and camping aimed at readers interested in exploring the natural world.

    Anna Dewdney Read Together Award Finalists Announced

    Five titles have been chosen as the finalists for the first annual Anna Dewdney Read Together Award, which honors a superb read-aloud picture book that also sparks compassion, empathy, and connection.

    Around Indies

    Books Are Magic sets tentative opening date; Book Culture to celebrate 20 years; Staff changes at This House of Books; Talking Leaves to consolidate stores

    BTW News Briefs

    BookExpo Author Tea lineup revealed; Reading Without Walls activity guide available; Ingram adds to leadership team; Americanah chosen for One Book, One New York; Award winners (NBCC) and finalists (Publishing Triangle; RITA) announced

    The Indie Comics & Graphic Works Bestseller List

    Based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending March 19, 2017.