Educational programming at the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association Trade Show will include two new sessions from ABA: “The Nuts and Bolts of Finance” and “Making the Most of Indies First on Small Business Saturday.”
Caitlin Doughty is the author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, a 2014 Summer/Fall Indies Introduce nonfiction title and a September Indie Next List pick. “Doughty’s book is a clear-eyed look at death and a call for us all to think about a difficult topic in healthier ways,” said David Enyeart of Common Good Books.
The Indies First movement has grown into a full-time campaign with plenty of ways for ABA members to participate. This year’s celebration of all things local will again feature a variety of special offers from publishers, author events, and more. In addition, in response to booksellers’ input, the program’s message to consumers has been strengthened and streamlined and the participation process is easier.
Advocates for Independent Business is launching the social media campaign #efairnessnow to encourage consumers to show their support for Main Street retailers by posting images on their Facebook and Twitter feeds.
Event registration and hotel reservations for ABA’s 10th Annual Winter Institute will open in Bookselling This Week on Thursday, September 18. The 2015 Winter Institute will be held February 8 – 11 at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina.
Booksellers attending MPIBA’s Fall Discovery Show, from October 9 to 11 at Colorado’s Renaissance Denver Hotel, will find a full schedule of author events and educational programming, including a new session from ABA, “The Nuts and Bolts of Finance.”
Here is the latest on the upgrade of IndieCommerce websites to the Drupal 7 platform, including details on “no touch” service for simple sites whose DNS is hosted by ABA and “almost no touch” service for stores whose DNS is not hosted by ABA.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will test the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP Exchanges), the health insurance exchange for small businesses, with a soft launch in late October in Delaware, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, and Ohio.
Maplewood chamber of commerce to honor [words] bookstore owners; Spellbound Children’s Bookshop to celebrate first decade; Norwich Bookstore marks 20 years with an expansion; New bookstore to open in Winter Park, Florida; Blue Frog Books voted best new business; Rizzoli Bookstore finds new location; Lift Bridge Book Shop to change ownership
ICSC poll finds support for e-fairness at all-time high; Chase and Google to award small business grants; Study analyzes reading habits of Millennials; Man Booker Prize shortlist revealed; Neil Gaiman to present lifetime achievement award to Ursula Le Guin; Ellen Chodosh named director of NYU Press