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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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09 Oct

Boost Your Quantities: Extra Stock Available of ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalogs

The catalog began shipping to stores on Monday, October 7. Booksellers can supplement their supplies with extra stock by placing an order via the 2019 online order form, while supplies last. 

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09 Oct

AUPresses Announces 2019 University Press Week Theme: “Read. Think. Act.”

The theme was selected based on the recognition that many citizens around the globe continue to engage in important debates that will influence vital decision-making in the months ahead.

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09 Oct

July–September 2019: ABA Member Stores Opened/Sold

The third quarter of 2019 saw 26 ABA member store openings and 5 sales of existing businesses to new owners.

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09 Oct

The Tylt Interviews Avid Bookshop Owner Janet Geddis

As part of the “Tell Me Everything” series from online news and debate website The Tylt, editor-at-large Jessie Blaeser visited Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia, to find out why people love independent businesses.

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09 Oct

BTW News Briefs

U.K.’s Publishers Association revises statement on U.S. tariffs; Square to change standard processing rate; Today Show to announce Nicest Places contest winner; Sourcebooks creates international sales program; Mango acquires Conari; Arcadia launches internship program; Abrams to launch LGBTQIA graphic novel imprint; Europa, Iperborea to co-publish Passenger series; Personnel changes at Ingram, HarperCollins Children’s Books, Penguin Random House, Little Bee Books; National Book Foundation announces Literature for Justice selections; Goldsmiths Prize, Stephan Russo Books Prize for Social Justice shortlist announced; New England Book Award winners announced

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08 Oct

2019 National Book Awards Finalists Announced

Winners will be announced at the National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner on Wednesday, November 20, in New York City.

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07 Oct

Book Industry Charitable Foundation, Lion Forge Partner to Launch the Forge Fund

In addition to an initial investment of $100,000, five percent of proceeds from select titles will go to the Forge Fund, which was created to support comic shops.

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04 Oct

Signup Underway to Join Exclusive Cover Reveal for Kacen Callender’s “Felix Ever After”

Felix Ever After, about a transgender boy grappling with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the first time, will be published by Balzer + Bray in May 2020.

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02 Oct

SCIBA Members Vote to Dissolve Organization

On Friday, September 27, members of the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association voted unanimously in favor of a resolution that would dissolve the organization at the end of 2019.

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