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.”

    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.

    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.

    Time to Get Organized: The Indies First Movement Expands

    The Indies First movement has grown into a full-time campaign with plenty of ways for ABA members to participate. This year’s celebration of all things local will again feature a variety of special offers from publishers, author events, and more. In addition, in response to booksellers’ input, the program’s message to consumers has been strengthened and streamlined and the participation process is easier.

    AIB Launches Social Media Campaign in Support of E-Fairness

    Advocates for Independent Business is launching the social media campaign #efairnessnow to encourage consumers to show their support for Main Street retailers by posting images on their Facebook and Twitter feeds.

    Winter Institute Registration to Open in Next Week’s BTW

    Event registration and hotel reservations for ABA’s 10th Annual Winter Institute will open in Bookselling This Week on Thursday, September 18. The 2015 Winter Institute will be held February 8 – 11 at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina.

    Cast Your Vote for a 2015 Winter Institute T-Shirt Design

    The owners and staff at all ABA member stores are invited to cast their votes for a design to be featured on T-shirts at Winter Institute 10.

    ABA to Offer “Nuts and Bolts of Finance” at MPIBA Show

    Booksellers attending MPIBA’s Fall Discovery Show, from October 9 to 11 at Colorado’s Renaissance Denver Hotel, will find a full schedule of author events and educational programming, including a new session from ABA, “The Nuts and Bolts of Finance.”

    IndieCommunication: Drupal 7 Upgrade Update

    Here is the latest on the upgrade of IndieCommerce websites to the Drupal 7 platform, including details on “no touch” service for simple sites whose DNS is hosted by ABA and “almost no touch” service for stores whose DNS is not hosted by ABA.

    HealthCare.gov SHOP Exchanges to Be Tested in Five States

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will test the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP Exchanges), the health insurance exchange for small businesses, with a soft launch in late October in Delaware, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, and Ohio.

    An Indies Introduce New Voices Q&A With Amy Zhang

    Amy Zhang is the author of Falling Into Place, a 2014 Summer/Fall Indies Introduce New Voices title for middle-grade readers and a top 10 pick on the Autumn Kids’ Indie Next List.

    Finally Found Books Donates $30,000 to Local Educators

    Finally Found Books owner Todd Hulbert is giving every teacher in two Washington school districts a $10 store gift certificate to help with classroom expenses.

    Around Indies

    Maplewood chamber of commerce to honor [words] bookstore owners; Spellbound Children’s Bookshop to celebrate first decade; Norwich Bookstore marks 20 years with an expansion; New bookstore to open in Winter Park, Florida; Blue Frog Books voted best new business; Rizzoli Bookstore finds new location; Lift Bridge Book Shop to change ownership

    BTW News Briefs

    ICSC poll finds support for e-fairness at all-time high; Chase and Google to award small business grants; Study analyzes reading habits of Millennials; Man Booker Prize shortlist revealed; Neil Gaiman to present lifetime achievement award to Ursula Le Guin; Ellen Chodosh named director of NYU Press

    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.

    The Indie Love & Romance Bestseller List

    Based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending September 7, 2014.