The continuing renaissance of independent booksellers made for an upbeat ABA Annual Membership Meeting, while issues ranging from educational programming and minimum wage increases to ABA Board diversity were among the topics of discussion at the Town Hall.
The 15th annual Celebration of Bookselling and Author Awards Luncheon recognized the authors and illustrators who have helped to make bookselling meaningful, rewarding, fulfilling, and fun for independent booksellers over the past year.
During Thursday’s Celebration of Bookselling Lunch, Oren Teicher, current CEO of the American Booksellers Association, honored former CEO Avin Mark Domnitz with the help of ABA presidents past and present.
ABA member booksellers began Wednesday morning at BEA with visits to “Meet the Editor” at various publishers’ offices around New York City. “It was just an incredible, incredible session with some very high caliber editors,” said Matt Miller of Tattered Cover about his experience.
On Tuesday, Kobo revealed plans for an incentive program aimed at encouraging customers at ABA member stores to give e-reading a try. Set to launch later this summer and to run for 100 days, eRead Local will reward both ABA member stores that acquire new Kobo customers and the customers themselves.
The 2015 winners of the Book Industry Charitable Foundation’s Higher Education Scholarships, announced this week, include 53 current bookstore employees/owners and their dependents as well as former Borders Group employees and their dependents.
The U.S. Senate is deadlocked over proposed changes in the USA PATRIOT Act. It must pass legislation extending several sections of the law before midnight on Sunday, May 31, or they will expire, forcing the government to shut down surveillance programs that it says it needs to protect the country from terrorism.