ABA Announces 2015 Indies Choice and E.B. White Award Winners

    Today, the American Booksellers Association announces the winners of the 2015 Indies Choice Book Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards, as voted by independent booksellers nationwide.

    Barnes & Noble and ABA Join Again on Sales Tax Fairness

    This week, ABA CEO Oren Teicher and B&N CEO Michael P. Huseby sent a letter to Ohio Gov. John Kasich calling for a state sales tax fairness solution.

    WNBA Announces 2015 Pannell Award Winners

    The winners of the 2015 Women’s National Book Association’s Pannell Awards, presented to a general bookstore and a children’s specialty store, were announced on Thursday, April 16.

    BEA 2015: Hotel ABA Filling Up, Last Call for Scholarships

    ABA is encouraging member booksellers to make their reservations for this year’s Hotel ABA at BEA as soon as possible; the exclusive member rate is only available until May 1 or until the block sells out.

    Editors Enthusiastic About Bookseller Meetings at BEA

    Publishers’ plans are taking shape for ABA’s Meet the Editor networking sessions at next month’s BookExpo America, but booksellers must preregister by May 11 for this exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the editing process.

    Innovative Ideas From Bookseller Brainstorming at Wi10

    Here is an array of great ideas for promoting bookstores as hubs of creativity, community, and activity, all gleaned from the bookseller discussion groups following Steven Johnson’s plenary talk, “How We Got to Now,” at Winter Institute 10.

    Events Retreat Puts Booksellers, Authors, Publicists to Work

    More than 50 bookstore owners and event managers gathered this week for the NAIBA/NEIBA “All About Events” retreat to discuss why booksellers should host events, how to work with publicists and authors, and the importance of publicity kits and author request grids, among other topics.

    43½ Hours in Pasadena: A Suggested Itinerary for the ABC Children’s Institute

    ABA Membership and Marketing Officer Meg Smith provides a fun look at highlights of the ABC Children’s Institute, which kicks off on Sunday in Pasadena, California.

    Indie Booksellers on Display at LA Times Festival of Books

    This weekend, 11 independent booksellers will be exhibiting at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, to be held at the University of Southern California just prior to the ABC Children’s Institute.

    Vroman’s to Host Education Session, Tours for Children’s Institute Attendees

    On Monday, April 20, Vroman’s Bookstore will host an afternoon education session and tours of the store for ABC Children’s Institute attendees.

    Spring Forums to Wrap Up in Washington, D.C., and Cambridge, Massachusetts

    ABA’s schedule of 10 spring Booksellers Forums will come to an end on April 28 and 29 with events in Washington, D.C., and Cambridge, Massachusetts, respectively. The programs are free and open to ABA members and non-members alike.

    HarperCollins and Amazon Reach New Sales Agreement

    On Monday, HarperCollins announced it had reached an agreement that would ensure its print and digital books would continue to be available through Amazon.

    An Indies Introduce Q&A With Lance Rubin

    Lance Rubin is the author of Denton Little’s Deathdate, a Spring 2015 Indies Introduce novel for young adults. Cristin Stickles of McNally Jackson Books called the debut “a truly original and fantastic conceit.”

    Children’s Book Week Display Contest Starts April 30

    Booksellers planning to enter this year’s Children’s Book Week Display Contest, sponsored by the Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader in partnership with the ABC Children’s Group at ABA, must mount their displays from April 30 to May 10.

    January–March 2015: ABA Member Stores Opening/Sold

    The first quarter of 2015 saw five ABA member store openings and six sales of existing businesses to new owners.

    Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in February

    Retail sales at bookstores were down by 2.2 percent in February 2015 compared to February 2014, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

    Around Indies

    R.J. Julia to celebrate 25th anniversary; Bookworks marks 30 years with loyalty program launch; Kepler’s plays host to weekly radio program; Literary Hub profiles San Francisco’s City Lights; Itinerant Literate bookmobile holds first event; South Carolina indies team to support SC Book Festival

    BTW News Briefs

    CBC and WNDB partner on internship program; GLIBA, MIBA bestseller lists debut; Shortlists announced for 2015 PEN Literary Awards; SIBA Book Award finalists announced; ALA releases list of most frequently challenged books of 2014; S&S’s Wendy Sheanin promoted; New Zealand booksellers and retailers launch eFairness campaign