Industry News

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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20 Feb

BTW New Briefs

BookExpo announces Adult Book & Author Breakfast lineup; Pearson sells K-12 courseware division; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt launches HMH Audio; Baker & Taylor to distribute seven new publishers; Philip Himberg to lead MacDowell Colony; Personnel changes at William Morrow, Johns Hopkins University Press, Chronicle Books; James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award Council names two new Fellows; Aspen Words Literary Prize shortlist announced; Carnegie Medals, Kate Greenaway Medal, Green Earth Book Awards longlists announced; Southern Book Prize winners announced

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20 Feb

Winter Institute Book Drive Collects Thousands of Titles for Refugees

Denise Chávez, owner of Casa Camino Real Book Store and Art Gallery, has been distributing books to refugees in her hometown of Las Cruces; more than 2,500 books were collected through the book drive. 

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20 Feb
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Petition Process Underway for Additional Board Candidates

Upon receipt of valid petitions, additional director candidates will be added to the ballot alongside the four candidates put forth by the ABA Nominating Committee and approved by the Board at its January meeting.

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20 Feb
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Dozens of Indie Bookstores to Host Well-Read Black Girl Book Clubs

As events are scheduled, Glory Edim, who launched Well-Read Black Girl in 2015, will promote indie bookstores on her social media platform and encourage followers to ask their local store to host a book club.

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19 Feb

Retail Sales at Bookstores Up in November

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were up by 10 percent in November 2018 compared to November 2017, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

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13 Feb

BTW News Briefs

Amazon reconsidering NYC headquarters; BookExpo announces Children’s Book & Author Breakfast panelists; NBF director pens Time op-ed; Center for Fiction to host grand reopening; S&S to distribute Health Communications; Verso Books to launch Verso Fiction; Lonely Planet names new CEO; Personnel changes at Harlequin, Viking/Penguin, Harper Group, House of Anansi and Groundwood Books; Romantic Novelists’ Association Awards finalists announced; BIO Award winner announced

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13 Feb

Children’s Book Week Taps Ayesha Curry as Centennial Spokesperson, Reveals Official Poster

More than 1,000 indie bookstores, schools, and libraries are participating in the 100th annual celebration, taking place from April 29 to May 5, 2019.

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12 Feb

Nominations Sought for 2019 WNBA Pannell Award

Nominations are being accepted for the WNBA Pannell Award, which honors bookstores that foster a love of reading and books in children and young adults.

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12 Feb
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Signup Underway for 2019 Find Waldo Local Campaign

Candlewick will provide bookstores with a toolkit containing mini Waldo standees, window clings, prize buttons, a Waldo poster, Waldo prize books, and more.

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12 Feb

ABA Membership Renewals Due Now

The membership year expired on January 31, so stores are encouraged to submit their dues renewal right away to remain a member of ABA’s community of independent bookstores.

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12 Feb
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New BookExpo Grant Program to Send Booksellers to 2019 Event

The brand-new BookExpo Bestsellers Grant Program was designed to make it possible for new booksellers to experience and benefit from all that BookExpo has to offer during the May 29–31 event.

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12 Feb
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Petition Process Open for Additional Board Candidates

Under ABA’s Bylaws, any bookstore member may submit petitions to have the names of additional candidates for Board officers and/or directors added to the ballot for the upcoming election.

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12 Feb
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Sign Up Now to Host a Well-Read Black Girl Book Club

Stores that sign on to host book clubs will receive a window display kit from Random House and be featured on an interactive online map of indie bookstores hosting events.

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06 Feb

February Indie Next List e-Newsletter to Deliver to More Than Half a Million Customers

On Thursday, February 7, the February Indie Next List e-newsletter, powered by Shelf Awareness, will be delivered to more than 521,000 customers at over 130 ABA member stores.

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