More than 750 independent booksellers gathered this week in Baltimore for the 15th annual Winter Institute, a four-day educational and networking event marked by noted positivity among attendees from across the country and around the world.
ABA hosted a Town Hall meeting at Winter Institute on Thursday, January 23, and invited booksellers to share their comments, questions, and concerns about the association and the book industry at large with the ABA Board and staff.
Raffaelli identified key findings that he believes are what have supported the growth of the indie channel, but he also looked ahead to industry-specific challenges and how booksellers can address them.
NAIBA to offer professional bookselling certification; Applications open for NBF Innovation in Reading Prize; Tin House to send indie bookseller to summer workshop; Workman book sales to boost Australian animal rescue; HarperCollins Children’s Books launches Quill Tree imprint; Albert Whitman brings distribution in-house; Skyhorse to publish books under World Almanac name; W.W. Norton to distribute Abbeville; Leadership changes at PRH; Board changes at National Book Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Booker Prize Foundation; Announcements made for Walter Dean Myers Awards, Edgar Awards, Romantic Novelists Association Outstanding Achievement Award, and Golden Kite and Sid Fleischmann Awards.
Loyalty Bookstore gains restaurant, bar; Black Dog relocates; Booked adds co-owner; University Book Store celebrates 120 years; Bookshop of Beverly Farms, Story on the Square, Book + Bottle, Madison, Seminary Co-op, Between the Covers, One More Page, Anderson’s, Bards Alley, Old Town, Last Bookstore, Hennessey & Ingalls, Skylight, Children’s Book World, and Book Soup 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.