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18 Sep

Sales of “The Testaments” Abound at Indie Bookstores

Booksellers around the country took to social media, hosted midnight releases, and ran pre-order campaigns to promote the book.

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18 Sep

BTW News Briefs

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 

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17 Sep

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in July

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. 

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17 Sep

Penguin Random House Commences Two-Day Transit Program

For the eighth consecutive year, orders received from independent booksellers by 3:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday will ship for arrival at booksellers’ doors within two days.

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11 Sep

Booksellers on Southeastern U.S. Coast Post Updates Following Hurricane Dorian

Bookselling This Week collected several social media posts from bookstores in the southeastern U.S. that are recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Dorian.

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11 Sep

BTW News Briefs

Reed reboots BookExpo again; NYT reports on Amazon delivery driver crashes; Random House’s Susan Kamil dies; Oasis Family Media launches Paperback Classics; Abrams to publish Magic Cat in North America; Personnel changes at Shelf Awareness, Parallax Press, Random House Children’s Books, Penguin Young Readers, Simon & Schuster; National Translation Awards longlists announced; American Poets Prizes winners announced

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11 Sep

American Booksellers Association Debuts Program for 15th Annual Winter Institute

Booksellers should be ready to register for the event at 1:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 18, as it always sells out quickly.

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11 Sep

Bookmarks Hosts Its Inaugural Well-Read Black Girl Book Club

Bookmarks’ WRBG book club will meet again on October 21 to discuss Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson, one of the titles chosen for all WRBG book clubs to read that month.

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10 Sep

ABA CEO Oren Teicher Appears at Booksellers Association Conference in U.K.

During the event, Teicher reflected on his career in bookselling, shared his thoughts about the future, and received an award for his contribution to independent bookselling.

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10 Sep

Anonymous Donors to Match Sustaining Donations to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation

Two anonymous donors have stepped forward with a pledge to encourage booksellers, bookstores, publishers, and industry professionals to join Binc’s community of sustaining donors.

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10 Sep

Indie Booksellers Take Back Center Stage on Release Day for Margaret Atwood’s “The Testaments”

Indie booksellers across the country took to social media to entice customers to their stores on the official September 10 release date of The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s long-awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale.

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09 Sep

ABA CEO Oren Teicher Wins National Book Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award

Teicher will be honored at the 2019 National Book Awards for his career championing independent bookstores.

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04 Sep

A Statement From the American Booksellers Association on Amazon’s Early Release of “The Testaments”

ABA has been in communication with Penguin Random House to express our strong disappointment regarding this flagrant violation of the agreed protocol in releasing this book to the public.

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04 Sep

Edelweiss Updates Process for Nominating Titles for the Indie Next List

Booksellers who do not use Edelweiss can still submit nominations to the Indie Next List on NetGalley and by filling out the nomination form on BookWeb.org.

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04 Sep

Indie Booksellers Name the 20 Indies Introduce Debut Titles for Winter/Spring 2020

Booksellers can sign up now to take advantage of special publisher offers on the 10 adult and 10 kids’ titles chosen by booksellers as the top debuts of the upcoming publishing season.

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