The meeting agenda will include announcing the results of ABA’s election, reports from the Board of Directors and staff on the association’s activities over the past year, and updates on new and ongoing initiatives.
ABA has debuted the new pre-order badge, which allows IndieCommerce stores to flag titles available for pre-order, and the new “Just Added” feature, which indicates new entries on ABA’s Pre-Order Calendar.
On Saturday, April 27, South Bronx native Noëlle Santos will host a series of free grand opening events for her new bookstore/wine bar, The Lit. Bar, which will be the only general-interest independent bookstore in the Bronx.
Booksellers who will be in New York City for this year’s BookExpo trade show may also want to attend the 31st Lambda Literary Awards ceremony on Monday, June 3, which celebrates queer literary excellence.
Booksellers print The Mueller Report; S&S to distribute Law&Crime imprint; Skyhorse to launch Arcade CrimeWise; PRH launches reader loyalty program; Consortium to distribute four publishers; Copperfield’s event director debuts column; Personnel changes at WH Smith, Arcadia Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s, Orbit, Harlequin; Anna Dewdney Read Together Award, Hillman Prize, International Prize for Arabic Fiction winners announced; IPA Prix Voltaire shortlist announced
Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 6.4 percent in February 2019 compared to February 2018, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. As of April 18, the year-to-date sales among ABA member stores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, are even with 2018.
ABA will present two new marketing meetups in upcoming weeks: “Hosting Successful and Profitable Local Author Education, Marketing, and Event Programs” and “Marketing the Well-Read Black Girl Book Club.”
Booksellers who would like to be featured or know another bookseller interested in participating in Libro.fm’s new bookseller questionnaire series can fill out a form on the digital audiobook company’s website.
Lark and Owl, 2nd Act Books open; Storied Owl, Capital to open; Writer’s Block, Charis relocating; New owners for Browsing Bison; Orca to go co-op; McIntyre celebrates 30th; Raven Book Store tweet goes viral; Battenkill hosts Bold Stroke Books author panel; New Dominion, Johns Creek, Third House, Boswell, hello hello, Changing Hands, The Center for Fiction, Café Con Libros, Mil Mundos, The Lit. Bar, Word Up, The Last Bookstore, White Whale, Journeys of Life, Novel., and Burke’s featured in local news; Paragraphs named small business of the year; and more.
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.