ABA Program at BEA Offers Booksellers Opportunity to Meet With Editors and Publicists

    American Booksellers Association programming at BookExpo America will once again provide booksellers with two unique opportunities to network with publishers.

    Children’s Indie Bestsellers Unveil New Format

    Beginning with today’s National Indie Bestseller List, the list formerly titled Children’s Interest has been expanded into two separate lists:  Early & Middle Grade Reader and Young Adult.

    Lumberjacks Abound in Michigan Bookseller’s Debut Middle Grade Novel

    Bookseller Alison DeCamp from Between the Covers in Harbor Springs, Michigan, celebrated the release of her debut middle grade novel My Near-Death Adventures (99% True!) (Crown Books for Young Readers) with an in-store book launch party.


    BEA Editors’ Buzz Books Revealed

    BookExpo America has announced the titles to be featured at this year’s adult, YA, and middle grade Editors’ Buzz Forums.

    PW Announces Shortlists for Bookstore, Rep of the Year Awards

    Publishers Weekly has released the shortlists for its 2015 PW Bookstore and Sales Rep of the Year Awards. This year’s five finalists for Bookstore of the Year include general indies from the West, Midwest, and South.

    Indie-Positive News Stories Proliferate

    Last week's news cycle featured a number of positive stories about independent bookstores, starting with a February 25 article in the International New York Times about the growing number of indie bookstores in the U.S. 

    Children’s Institute Very Close to Capacity: Register Now

    Registration for the 2015 ABC Children’s Institute is expected to reach maximum capacity within the next several days; booksellers who want to attend should register now.

    Jon Scieszka Joins Children’s Institute Lineup

    Bestselling author Jon Scieszka, a nationally recognized reading advocate and the founder of Guys Read, has joined the Children’s Institute panel “Reaching Reluctant Readers.”

    ABA Spring Booksellers Forums Kick Off in Omaha and Atlanta

    Booksellers are invited to join American Booksellers Association CEO Oren Teicher and Senior Program Officer Joy Dallanegra-Sanger at an ABA Spring Forum in Omaha, Nebraska, on Wednesday, March 11, or Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday, March 12.

    The April 2015 Indie Next List Preview

    Here are the titles on the April Indie Next List flier, on its way to ABA member stores in the IndieBound movement.

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

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

    ABFE Grateful for Support From Publishers Weekly, Authors, Illustrators

    At Winter Institute 10, Publishers Weekly presented ABFE with a check for $13,600, a portion of the money raised by PW's Tribute to Freedom of Expression in its January 19 issue.

    Booksellers Share Successful Strategies for Book Subscription Clubs and School Registries

    Leslie Hawkins of Spellbound Children’s Bookshop, Kerri Poore of Politics & Prose, and Jessica Stockton Bagnulo of Greenlight Bookstore discussed how to implement and manage book-of-the-month clubs and online registries at a Winter Institute session moderated by Holly Weinkauf of Red Balloon Bookshop.

    Social Media Expert to Wi10 Booksellers: Make the Most of the Medium

    “How to Create an Effective Social Media Marketing Strategy and Track the Results,” presented by JB Media Group's Sarah Benoit at Winter Institute 10, provided booksellers with tips and tricks to make the most of social media.

    Past ABA Presidents Look Back on an Eventful Decade

    Six past ABA presidents came together at Winter Institute 10 for a conversation about the last 10 years in bookselling, a decade that has wrought many changes and created new challenges in the industry.

    Tax Time: Does Your Business Qualify for a Health Care Tax Credit?

    Booksellers who have been providing health insurance to their employees should remember that the Affordable Care Act includes federal tax credits for small businesses.

    Flyleaf Bookseller’s Debut Novel on April Indie Next List

    The debut novel by bookseller Jeremy Hawkins of Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, has been named to April's Indie Next List. The Last Days of Video tells the tale of Star Video's quirky staff and owner, who try to keep their store in business after a Blockbuster moves in next door.

    96th Annual Children’s Book Week Poster Unveiled

    The official 2015 Children’s Book Week poster, commemorating the 96th year of the reading and literacy celebration, was designed by Grace Lee, a storybook artist for Disney Publishing Worldwide.

    An Indies Introduce Debut Author Q&A With Colin Barrett

    Colin Barrett is the author of the short story collection Young Skins, a Winter/Spring 2015 Indies Introduce Debut Authors selection. Seth Marko, formerly of UC San Diego Bookstore, called Young Skins “a blazing, outstanding debut by a very talented young writer who I can’t wait to see more from.”

    An Indies Introduce New Voices Q&A With Victoria Aveyard

    Victoria Aveyard is the author of Red Queen, the first book in a new trilogy and a Winter/Spring 2015 Indies Introduce New Voices selection. Jill Hendrix of Fiction Addiction noted, “Red Queen is an unbelievable debut YA novel that will leave you waiting desperately for the next entry in the series.”

    Consultation Station Participants Available for Follow-Up

    Wi10’s Consultation Station proved to be a popular venue for booksellers seeking information from ABA’s affiliated business solution partners, POS vendors, and other service providers. Here’s information on each participant for booksellers who would like to follow up on contacts made at the Winter Institute.

    Bancard Offers Flier on Transition to EMV Chip Card Technology

    In preparation for the credit card industry’s transition to EMV chip cards by October 2015, Bancard Systems, ABA’s affiliated credit card processing company, is providing its small business clients with a detailed flier looking at how merchants should plan for the switch.

    New “Eat Sleep Read” Poster With ABA Dues Renewal: Which Design Fits Your Store?

    ABA Regular store members that renew their dues for 2015 can choose to receive a fresh copy of the classic vertical “Eat Sleep Read” poster design or one of two new designs — the classic styling in a horizontal format or a smaller, vertical poster with different styling.

    WNBA Pannell Award Nominees Announced

    The winners of the 2015 WNBA Pannell Award will be chosen by the Pannell Awards jury from 18 nominees in the general bookstore category and eight in the children’s category.

    Around Indies

    Booksellers to discuss future of Bay Area bookstores on City Visions; Battle Creek Books eyes March opening; Greenlight Bookstore launches second season of Book/Plate series; Green Arcade bookstore featured for unique focus

    BTW News Briefs

    NYT article on indie bookstores shared with millions of Twitter followers; SFWA announces 2014 Nebula Award nominees; Poets & Writers introduces mobile app; PEN releases 2015 Literary Awards calendar; Young people prefer print books to digital, Washington Post reports; May 2 announced as first Canadian Authors for Indies Day; Lerner Publishing Group acquires Egmont USA’s list