2015 Winter Institute Registration Opens

    Registration for ABA’s 10th anniversary celebration of the Winter Institute begins today. The event, to be held from February 8 to 11, 2015, at the Grove Park Inn (an Omni Resort) in Asheville, North Carolina, is expected to sell out quickly; booksellers who are planning to attend should register as soon as possible.


    Winter/Spring 2015 Indies Introduce Debut Authors and New Voices Titles Announced

    Two panels of booksellers from every region of the country have chosen 10 debut adult titles and 10 children’s titles for the Indies Introduce Debut Authors and New Voices promotion. Featured Winter/Spring titles include fiction and nonfiction, middle grade and YA, publishing between January and June 2015.

    HarperCollins Announces Holiday Express Shipping for Indie Retail Accounts

    From November 3, 2014, through January 16, 2015, HarperCollins is offering a Holiday Express Shipping program for independent bookstores in the U.S. for all HarperCollins and HarperCollins Christian Publishing titles.

    Longtime ABA CFO to Retire

    After more than 25 years as the chief financial officer of the American Booksellers Association, Eleanor Chang will be retiring at the end of this year.

    Broadcast the Indies First Message With New Designs

    To help booksellers spread the spirit of the ever-growing Indies First campaign, ABA has created brand-new Indies First designs, which can be used to create in-store materials and to promote the movement online.

    #efairnessnow Social Media Campaign Rolls Out

    ABA is urging booksellers to help make a new social media campaign go viral. The campaign #efairnessnow was launched last week by Advocates for Independent Business.

    A Multitude of Options for Traveling to Wi10

    Asheville and the Grove Park Inn provide a unique, fun, and rewarding setting for the Winter Institute’s 10th anniversary. While getting there may be a little bit more challenging than flying into a hub city, there are a number of options that can lessen the cost and the complications.

    SCIBA to Feature ABA Sessions on Finance and Indies First/Small Business Saturday

    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.”

    New Social Media Discussion Forum Active on BookWeb

    A new social media forum has been launched on BookWeb.org at the request of ABA member booksellers. 

    Signup Underway for Small Business Saturday Neighborhood Champions

    Small Business Saturday’s Neighborhood Champion program is accepting applications until October 16. 

    Left Bank Books Facilitates Community Dialogue With #FergusonReads

    Located just a few miles from Ferguson, Missouri, Left Bank Books is initiating the #FergusonReads book group to help foster discussions about the recent shooting of Michael Brown Jr.

    Authors United Calls on Amazon’s Board of Directors

    More than 1,000 authors have signed off on a letter to Amazon’s board of directors to request that each member look at Amazon’s actions against Hachette Book Group and consider whether they support them.

    An Indies Introduce Debut Author Q&A With Caitlin Doughty

    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.

    2014 National Book Award Longlists Announced

    The National Book Foundation has announced the longlists for this year’s National Book Awards for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature.

    Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in July

    Retail sales at bookstores were down by 5.1 percent in July 2014 compared to July 2013, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

    Around Indies

    Books & Books to open new location; Maple Street Book Shop turns 50; Broadside Bookshop celebrates 40 years; DIESEL to mark 25th anniversary; Gibson’s wins Independent Spirit Award; Politics & Prose offers writer retreats; New bookstore opens with a focus on global books

    BTW News Briefs

    Binc grants encourage booksellers to attend regional shows; Find Waldo Local to be featured on MSNBC’s Your Business; SCIBA’s Goldman Scholarship winners announced; Changes made to Penguin Random House sales team