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04 Jan

ABA Condemns President Trump’s Demand to Halt Publication of Wolff Book

Lawyers for President Trump are demanding that publisher Henry Holt “cease and desist” from the publication of a new book by Michael Wolff about the president. The publisher has announced it will publish on January 5, and ABA CEO Oren Teicher has issued a statement calling the demand a “dangerous precedent” and strongly defending the publisher.

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23 Oct

YouTube Launches New “BookTube” Digital Book Club

Episode one featured bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell, and upcoming authors will include Margaret Atwood, James Patterson, and Melinda Gates.

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23 Oct

Bookselling Without Borders Winners Attend Frankfurt Book Fair

Fellowship winners Jonathan Woollen of Politics and Prose, Lesley Rains of City of Asylum Bookstore, and Chris McDonald of Bear Pond Books attended the October 16–20 event in Germany.

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23 Oct

Highlights From the ABACUS-18 Financial Benchmarking Report

Among other reveals, respondents’ net income before taxes has continued to grow and was positive for the third straight year.

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23 Oct

Matchbook Marketing Aims to Help Indie Booksellers Tell Their Story

Matchbook Marketing, which works with more than 60 indie booksellers, offers a print newsletter, custom store logos and branding, web development, and graphic design. 

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22 Oct

BTW News Briefs

Australia initially blocks sales of new Ronan Farrow book; Consortium adds six new publishers; S&S to distribute OneWorld; Two Rivers to distribute David and Charles Ltd.; Personnel changes at Flatiron, Shambhala; Winner of Legacy Award for fiction announced; Cundill History Prize and Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction finalists announced

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21 Oct

Binc’s Bookseller Stories: “No Safe Place to Call Home”

The seventh volume of the Book Industry Charitable Foundation’s Bookseller Stories newsletter featured a bookseller who reached out to Binc for help moving after her new roommate became abusive.

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16 Oct

Major League Baseball Pitcher Sean Doolittle Discusses His Support of Indies in New CBS Video

Libro.fm CEO and co-founder Mark Pearson and Christine Onorati of Libro.fm partner store WORD also appeared in the news segment to talk about the importance of indie bookstores.

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16 Oct

BTW News Briefs

Nobel Prizes, Booker Prize winners announced, sparking controversy; Worzalla to expand; AUPresses condemns book-burning incident; Chosen Payments named top POS company; PRHPS to distribute MIT press; New imprint Hachette Go to publish self-improvement titles; Andrews McMeel to print, distribute Abrams calendars; Blue Dot Kids Press to launch; Dayton Literary Peace Prize, PEN International Writer of Courage Award, and Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction winners announced

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16 Oct

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in August

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 10.3 percent in August 2019 compared to August 2018, according to preliminary figures from the Bureau of the Census. As of October 10, the year-to-date sales among ABA member stores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, are down 0.26 percent over 2018. Compound annual growth among ABA member stores is 7.5 percent over the past five years. 

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16 Oct

Northern, Southern California Independent Booksellers Associations Offer Update on Plans to Unify

NCIBA President Michael Barnard and SCIBA President Maryelizabeth Yturralde detailed plans for bringing the associations together.

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16 Oct

Booksellers Celebrate Indie Exclusive Cover Reveal for “Felix Ever After”

Indie booksellers simultaneously unveiled the book jacket on social media on Tuesday, October 15, and encouraged customers to pre-order the title from author Kacen Callender at their local store.

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16 Oct

Need to Restock the ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalog? Extra Copies Available Now

Booksellers can supplement their catalog supplies with extra stock by placing an order via the 2019 online order form, while supplies last. 

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16 Oct

Non-Bookstore Indie Retailers Offer Transferable Ideas for Bookstores

In conversations with Bookselling This Week, a California hardware store owner and printshop owner each shared their own creative tips for retail success that indie bookstore owners can borrow easily.

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10 Oct

American Booksellers Association Announces Selection of New CEO

On Friday, October 11, ABA President Jamie Fiocco notified members that the position of association CEO had been offered to, and accepted by, Allison K. Hill, president and CEO of Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena, California. 

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