Obituary: Avin Mark Domnitz

    Avin Mark Domnitz, the American Booksellers Association’s CEO from 1997 to 2009, died on Saturday, June 27, of cancer. He was 71.

    All the Light We Cannot See and Just Mercy Win 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals

    On June 27, ALA announced the winners of the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction: All the Light We Cannot See and Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, both titles with strong support from indie booksellers from the very start.

    ABA Urges Mayors to Include Indies in Discussions on Minimum Wage

    In a letter to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, ABA CEO Oren Teicher called on the nation’s mayors to include indie retailers in any discussions on increasing the minimum wage in their cities.

    Domnitz Scholarship to Winter Institute 11 Open to ABACUS Reporting Stores

    ABA will award the Avin Mark Domnitz Scholarship to attend Winter Institute 11 to the owner or an employee of a bookstore that submits its 2014 financial data to the ABACUS-14 survey before the July 1 deadline.

    June 30 Deadline for ABC “Best Books” Recommendations

    Tuesday, June 30, is the deadline for members of the ABC Children’s Group at ABA to submit title recommendations for this year’s ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalog.

    The July ’15 Now in Paperback Flier & Shelf-Talkers

    The July Indie Next List’s 12 “Now in Paperback” titles are featured with bookseller quotes on a downloadable flier and shelf-talkers.

    How Home Improvement Can Become Hometown Improvement By Shopping Indie

    “Home Sweet Home,” a new study from Civic Economics for Independent We Stand and the North American Retail Hardware Association, shows that purchasing through locally owned home improvement stores generates twice as much local economic activity than shopping at a chain store.

    Faces of ABA: Meet the Membership and Marketing Department

    In the first installment of a series on ABA’s staff and their roles in supporting indie booksellers, the Membership and Marketing team talks about its work in providing information and resources to members, developing indie-focused marketing campaigns, and meeting booksellers at ABA events.

    Let Snowden Come Home: An Opinion Column

    ABFE Director Chris Finan expresses his personal belief that the Espionage Act charges against Edward Snowden should be dropped, allowing him to be tried for stealing government documents or another lesser crime.

    Small Press Profile: Nobrow Press Offers One-of-a-Kind Graphic Novels and Picture Books

    Nobrow Press, a London-based graphic novel publisher,  produces unique, sustainably printed graphic novels, comics, and picture books by illustrators from the U.S., the U.K., and other European countries.

    The “Kobo: What You Need to Know” Newsletter Is Back

    The “Kobo: What You Need to Know” Newsletter returned this week with news about the ABA/Kobo partnership, including the latest on contracts, eReading promotions, personnel, and more.

    Main Street Alliance to Host Conference Call on E-Fairness Legislation

    On Monday, June 29, at 6:30 p.m. ET, the Alliance for Main Street Fairness, a coalition of small business owners, local retailers, and Main Street supporters, will be hosting a conference call to discuss the Remote Transaction Parity Act.

    European & International Booksellers Federation Reaffirms Support for Freedom of Speech

    At its annual conference in Brussels earlier this month, the European & International Booksellers Federation reaffirmed its “absolute” belief in and support for freedom of speech, of publishing, and of bookselling.

    Australian Bookseller Shares Thoughts on First BEA Experience

    Jay Lansdown, the owner of Constant Reader Bookshop in Sydney, Australia, talks to BTW about his first BookExpo America, this past May.

    The Booksellers’ Dayton Location Prepping for September Opening

    Neil Van Uum, the owner of The Booksellers at Laurelwood and The Booksellers on Fountain Square, will open The Booksellers at Austin Landing in early September. The store is located in a new shopping development in Dayton, Ohio, and will feature a wide selection of children’s books and a café with a drive-through window.

    Around Indies

    Antigone Books to celebrate Independents Week; Itinerant Literate profiled for unique approach to bookselling; Finally Found Books goes nonprofit 

    BTW News Briefs

    2015 Andrew Carnegie fiction, nonfiction medal winners to be announced on Saturday; launches 2015 Book Group Survey; Inkshares allows stores to create their own imprints; We Need Diverse Books welcomes new members to Advisory Board, Executive Committee; 2015 New England Society in the City of New York Book Award winners announced

    New & Ongoing E-Book Promotions

    One new e-book promotion was recently added to the IndieCommerce Publisher Promotions page in the category of nonfiction vacation reads.