The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression has received an initial royalty check from sales of the Coffee House Press title Read This! Handpicked Favorites From America’s Indie Bookstores, compiled and edited by Micawber’s Books owner Hans Weyandt.
A Glen Ellyn, Illinois, school district has banned Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower from eighth grade classrooms, but parents, teachers, students, and the Kids’ Right to Read Project are asking the district to reconsider its decision.
With BEA less than two weeks away, now’s a good time to revisit a checklist of recommendations from booksellers who are masters at navigating the trade show and accomplishing key business goals while grabbing galleys, attending educational events, and making new connections.
John Evans and Alison Reid, the owners of DIESEL, A Bookstore, will open their fourth store next month in Larkspur, California. The 2,800-square-foot bookstore, featuring knotty pine walls, a wood ceiling, a reddish cork floor, and floor-to-ceiling bookcases, will join local boutiques and artisanal cafés in the renovated Marin Country Mart open-air mall.
Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord, New Hampshire, is moving into a larger location on Main Street and has plans to open in July with added inventory and a coffee shop. The new storefront has triple the amount of space (more than 10,000 square feet) for expanding popular sections, including crafts, antiques, and cookbooks.
Several independent bookstores have created pop-up shops and kiosk locations, including Vroman’s Bookstore, Village Books, Mysterious Galaxy, and Greenlight Bookstore. Some had better-than-expected success and others found that the cost of the shop outweighed the benefits.
Since March, when ABA unveiled its education program for this month’s BookExpo America, more presenters and event details have been added. Here is a look at the updated schedule of session descriptions and presenters.
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.