Friends and Colleagues Remember Avin Mark Domnitz

    Former ABA CEO Avin Mark Domnitz died on Saturday, June 27. Since then, friends and colleagues have been offering their thoughts on a man who was a passionate advocate for independent booksellers, a good friend, and a loving husband and father.

    Still Time to Submit Data to ABACUS Survey

    While today is the deadline for ABACUS-14, bookstores that begin their submissions today — or that have not yet finished submitting their store’s information — will have until midnight (Pacific) on Tuesday, July 7, to finalize their submissions.

    The August 2015 Indie Next List Preview

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

    A Q&A With Rinker Buck, Author of July’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

    In 2011, Rinker Buck set out in a covered wagon to navigate the historic Oregon Trail, a trip he chronicles in The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey. Here, Buck discusses some of the surprises he encountered on his adventure and the passion that prompted his journey.

    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.

    Meet ABA’s Support Team for Publisher Programs

    ABA Development Officer Mark Nichols, Membership Program Manager Pete Reynolds, and Design and Production Manager Linda Ford discuss their work with the association’s Publisher Partners, on the Indie Bestseller and Indie Next lists, and more. 

    2015 Find Waldo Local Kicks Off July 1

    Find Waldo Local 2015 begins on Wednesday, July 1, at indie bookstores and other locally owned businesses across the country. The event, sponsored by Candlewick Press and ABA, has become a summer tradition.

    Bicycling for Charity: Chuck Robinson Shares Highlights From the Road

    During a 2,400-mile cross-country bicycling tour to raise money for three charities, Village Books co-owner Chuck Robinson is visiting with friends old and new, popping into bookstores, and tackling tough terrain.

    On-Air Send-Off Celebrates Suzy Staubach

    In honor of Suzy Staubach’s retirement from UConn Co-op, The Wayne Norman Show invited authors Wally Lamb, Lynn Bloom, Sam Pickering, and Bruce Cohen to share their favorite memories of Staubach and the bookstore.

    Letterpress Books Thrives in Portland, Maine

    Letterpress Books, which opened in Portland, Maine, in October 2013, is seeing business increase by the day, bolstered by good word-of-mouth, Portland’s strong Buy Local movement, and its owners’ commitment to filling the diverse needs of the local community.

    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.

    President Hails Supreme Court Decision Upholding Affordable Care Act Subsidies

    On June 27, in his weekly address, President Obama said the Supreme Court decision to uphold a crucial provision in the Affordable Care Act, which allows individuals in states with federally run health insurance exchanges to receive a tax credit, means the law is “here to stay.”

    Louisiana Governor Vetoes E-Fairness Bill

    On June 19, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal vetoed a bill that would have leveled the playing field for the state’s Main Street retailers. H.B. 555 required remote retailers with a broad network of affiliates in the state to collect and remit sales tax in the state.

    Appeals Court Affirms Apple Violated Antitrust Laws

    On Tuesday, June 30, the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed by 2–1 a lower-court ruling that Apple did conspire to raise, fix, and stabilize the retail price for newly released and bestselling trade e-books in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act and various state laws.

    NAIBA’s Bookstore Visit Challenge Encourages New Connections

    The New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association is challenging booksellers to visit other bookstores around the country to share experiences and make connections with their peers.

    ABC Group Newsletter Hits Inboxes

    The latest edition of the ABC One-Two-Three e-newsletter was sent to members of the ABC Children’s Group at ABA on Wednesday morning, July 1.

    Around Indies

    Bluebird Books hosts Superman-themed Shop Local scavenger hunt; Burke’s Book Store changes with the times, marks 140 years; Lake Country Booksellers celebrates 35th anniversary; Business magazine features King’s English for Local First efforts; Joyce Meskis discusses Tattered Cover’s changing ownership

    BTW News Briefs

    BISG seeks nominations for Industry Champion and Innovation Awards; WNDB scholarship winners to receive free membership in children’s literary society; PEN posts summary of Emerging Writers Prize-winning work

    Free BTW Classifieds Available to ABA Member Stores

    All ABA bookstore members in good standing are entitled to four free two-week Classified Ad insertions in Bookselling This Week each year.