The 2014 Indie Bestseller Lists

    The 2014 Indie Bestseller Lists, featuring the year’s top-selling titles at hundreds of independent bookstores nationwide, are now available in PDF, DOC, and HTML formats.

    House Tables E-Fairness Legislation: Indies Look to States to Level Playing Field

    Late last week, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner dashed any hopes Main Street retailers had of getting a federal e-fairness solution passed during the lame-duck Congressional session.

    ABA Announces Partnership With Public Television’s Well Read

    Readers visiting the website of the public television program Well Read will now find IndieBound included as a purchasing option for featured titles.

    Wi10 Update: Attendee List Available, Transportation and Change-of-Plans Reminders

    Before the holiday rush reaches fever pitch, ABA is urging Winter Institute 10 registrants to make their travel arrangements or to let ABA know if they are no longer planning to attend.

    Swipe Fee Settlement Deadline December 19

    On December 4, bookstore members should have received an e-mail from ABA with updated information regarding the recent notice sent to them by the Visa/MasterCard interchange class settlement administrator.

    Hand-Picked Indie Favorites Hit the 2014 Indie Bestseller Lists

    As 2014 draws to a close, the many favorite titles that independent booksellers enthusiastically hand-sold and helped book buyers discover during the year are appearing across the year-end Indie Bestseller Lists.

    BEA Scholarships Open to Qualified ABA Members

    The organizers of BookExpo America 2015 are inviting ABA member booksellers who have not attended the trade show since 2012 to fill out an application to win one of 60 BEA Scholarships of $435 each to help defray hotel and travel costs to the show.

    Ohio Indie Retailers Urge Speaker Boehner to Consider E-Fairness

    Seventeen small business owners representing 21 stores in Ohio have sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner to express their strong disappointment regarding his lack of support for sales tax fairness.

    Supreme Court Considers Colorado Use Tax Reporting Law

    On December 8, the U.S. Supreme Court considered a challenge brought by the Direct Marketing Association regarding a 2010 Colorado law that requires out-of-state retailers to either collect and remit sales tax for purchases made by Colorado residents or to inform their Colorado customers that they owe use tax on the purchases they have made.

    ABFFE Holiday Auction a Success

    When the final gavel fell on December 8, the ABFFE holiday auction of children’s book art raised more than $14,000 to support the free speech rights of kids, an increase of 40 percent compared to the previous year.

    Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in October

    Retail sales at bookstores were down by 0.5 percent in October 2014 compared to October 2013, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.
     

    New & Ongoing E-Book Promotions

    Eight e-book promotions were recently added to the IndieCommerce Publisher Promotions page. Categories include holiday favorites, young adult, and entertaining.

    Around Indies

    Everyone’s Books’ 30th anniversary benefits local shelter; Loganberry Books turns 20; Classic Lines Bookstore opens in Pittsburgh; Stone Alley Books and Collectibles to move
     

    BTW News Briefs

    Brookline Booksmith customer wins A.J. Fikry sweepstakes; NPR’s Morning Edition announces first book club pick; BookCon grows partnership with We Need Diverse Books; Kobo launches “buy more, save more” program; Consumers look to shop local this holiday season; Scholastic report details kids’ reading habits; Chronicle Books to distribute Quadrille Publishing