ABA’s new award celebrates booksellers whose ideas, creativity, and execution have improved operations, fostered community relationships, inspired new efficiencies, created a more inclusive environment, and/or increased sales.
Launching in late October, the program will be available on qualifying orders from independent bookstores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
Amy Einhorn named Henry Holt publisher; Barnes & Noble’s Tim Mantel let go; Personnel changes at Skyhorse, National Book Foundation, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Children’s Books; Chicago Review Press and University of Chicago Press to distribute new publisher clients; Kirkus Prize finalists, Financial Times and McKinsey & Company Business Book of the Year Award shortlist announced; National Book Foundation’s 2019 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, Klaus Flugge Prize, SIBA Conroy Legacy Award, Great Lakes Great Reads Award winners announced
Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 5 percent in July 2019 compared to July 2018, according to preliminary figures from the Bureau of the Census. As of September 11, the year-to-date sales among ABA member stores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, are down 0.77 percent over 2018. Compound annual growth among ABA member stores is 7.5 percent over the past five years.
The Lion’s Mouth, Charm City to open; BookBar owner to open community book bank; Square Books opens fourth location; Righton hosts grand opening; New owners for Orinda; Mr. Mopps moves; Greenlight celebrates 10 years; Danny Caine named Midwest Bookseller of the Year; Personnel changes at Quail Ridge; Blue Manatee hosts raffle; Wild Rumpus, Published Page, Next Chapter, The Last Bookstore featured in local news.
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.