With more and more authors signing onto Indies First, now is the time for ABA members to promote the IndieBound and IndieCommerce affiliate programs to ensure that a buy button for indie bookstores appears as the first purchasing option on authors’ websites.
Following criticism of author Stephen Jimenez’s The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard (Steerforth Press), several bookstores hosted the author at events that led to a civil dialogue on a controversial issue.
Earlier this month, Anne Caldwell joined the staff of the American Booksellers Association as the new Industry Relations Assistant. Caldwell comes to ABA with bookselling experience as well as a working knowledge of the many member benefits that small business associations provide.
Next Saturday, October 19, Antigone Books is proudly celebrating 40 years of bookselling with the community of Tucson, Arizona. Staff will host a day of discounts, games, and cake, as they reflect on the store’s success and look forward to its future.
Winter Institute 2014’s Consultation Station will give bookseller attendees the opportunity to meet with representatives of ABA’s affiliated business solution partners, POS vendors, and other service providers.
After 34 years of feminist bookselling, Ann Christophersen and Linda Bubon are on the lookout for a new owner or owners who will carry on the mission and traditions of Chicago’s Women & Children First.
The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.
Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.