Industry News

11 Dec

#HarperCollinsLovesIndies Facebook Live Program to Return in 2019

In 2019, booksellers will livestream videos from their stores every Thursday, a change from 2018’s Saturday schedule, and the videos will feature booksellers pitching their favorite reads.

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05 Dec

BTW News Briefs

Germany to investigate Amazon; Richmond newspaper features local indies’ reaction to Amazon HQ; Atwood to write Handmaid’s Tale sequel; Deadline set for Parneros to seek B&N countersuit dismissal; Polis Books to launch Agora; Personnel changes at Simon & Schuster, PRH, Arcadia, Grand Central, DK; Mystery Writers of America rescinds award following controversy; 2018 35 over 35 list, PBS Now Read This choice announced

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04 Dec

Coming in ABA’s December Red Box: Bookmarks Featuring New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of 2018

“We are delighted to share these bookmarks with independent bookstores across the country, whose work bringing books to readers we are delighted to support,” said NYTBR Editor Pamela Paul.

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04 Dec

Reports Indicate Possible Ingram Purchase of Baker & Taylor

Book trade publications have reported that Ingram Content Group has made “a tentative offer” to buy the retail wholesaling operations of Baker & Taylor. 

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04 Dec
03 Dec

Nominations Sought for 2019 PW Bookstore, Sales Rep of the Year Awards

Booksellers, authors, publishers, distributors, and others with ties to the book industry are invited to submit nominations for Publishers Weekly’s Bookstore and Sales Rep of the Year awards by January 8, 2019.

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28 Nov

Indie Bookstores Celebrate Small Business Saturday

Amidst a wide range of shop local festivities and author events, this year booksellers celebrated Indies First on Small Business Saturday by giving away copies of Jason Reynolds’ Ghost to kids in underserved communities.

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28 Nov

BTW News Briefs

Protestors storm Amazon Books on Cyber Monday; Demos Parneros to file motion to dismiss B&N’s countersuit; Lerner Publishing Group acquires Zest; Former Quarto CEO joins Trigger; Personnel changes at Harper Christian, Workman Publishing, HarperCollins Children’s; MWA names 2019 Grand Masters

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27 Nov

ABA CEO Oren Teicher Talks Indies on “The Literary Life With Mitchell Kaplan”

During his guest appearance on the Small Business Saturday episode of the podcast The Literary Life With Mitchell Kaplan, Teicher talked about independent bookstores and their cultural significance.

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26 Nov

Obituary: Ulrich Sandmeyer

Ulrich Sandmeyer, co-founder of Sandmeyer’s Bookstore in Chicago, died on Friday, November 16. 

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26 Nov

A Look Back on Last Year’s New York Times Best Books

As the New York Times Book Review prepares to announce its top picks for 2018, booksellers should keep in mind last year’s list when thinking about backlist favorites to sell this holiday season.

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21 Nov

BTW News Briefs

NYT publishes 100 Notable Books of 2018; B&N to open 10-15 stores in 2019; Becoming achieves PRH’s largest single-day sales total for 2018; Prize suspended after opposition to Amazon sponsorship; IPG to distribute three Spanish publishers; B&T to distribute Canada’s Sutherland House in U.S.; Portfolio and Simon Sinek to launch Optimism Press; Personnel changes at S&S, Harlequin; Aspen Words Literary Prize longlist announced; Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing, Scotiabank Giller Prize, Cundill History Prize winners announced 

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19 Nov
Three Lives & Co.

Three Lives & Company Owner Toby Cox on Amazon’s New York City Headquarters Plan

“Rather than consider changing his first name to ‘Amazon’ to get their headquarters, perhaps Governor Cuomo would think of changing his name to McNulty’s Tea or Katz’s Delicatessen to celebrate local and vibrant businesses,” writes Cox.

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19 Nov

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in September

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 0.9 percent in September 2018 compared to September 2017, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. As of November 15, the year-to-date sales among ABA member stores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, are up more than five percent over 2017.

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