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    A Letter From ABA Board President Robert Sindelar

    In a letter to ABA members, ABA President Robert Sindelar looks back on the fall regional shows and forward to Indies First.

    A Report on the September 2017 ABA Board Meeting

    The American Booksellers Association’s Board of Directors met from September 24–27, 2017, in Buffalo, New York, to work on a range of matters.

    July–September 2017: ABA Member Stores Opening/Sold

    The third quarter of 2017 saw 19 ABA member store openings and five sales of existing businesses to new owners. Among the openings are a bookstore pub, a mobile bookstore, and new branches of established bookstores.

    Nominations Sought for ABA Board of Directors

    The ABA Nominating Committee is looking for qualified candidates to serve on the ABA Board of Directors. Any ABA member may nominate a qualified candidate, including themselves.

    ABA to Introduce Changes to Book Buyer’s Handbook

    A new setting in the ABA Book Buyer’s Handbook will allow publishers, distributors, and wholesalers to view the contents of all handbook listings, not just their own.

    Business Risk Management for Independent Booksellers

    LIBRIS, the insurance program created and owned by ABA, provides an overview of potential risks for business owners as well as ways to minimize those risks.

    Farewell to Our Good Friend: Alison Greene

    Alison E. Greene, wife of ABA CEO Oren Teicher, died on October 2, 2017.

    October 31 Deadline for ABA Board Nominations

    Nominations of qualified candidates for the American Booksellers Association’s Board of Directors should be submitted to the Nominating Committee no later than October 31.

    Publisher Partner Guidebook Updated With 2018 Deadlines

    Publishers can find next year’s deadlines for Indie Next List nominations, the monthly Red and White Box mailings, and the quarterly Kids’ White Box mailing in the updated Publisher Partner Program Guidebook.

    PartnerShip, FedEx Team Up to Offer Rewards

    Members enrolled in the ABA shipping program with PartnerShip can now earn rewards through the My FedEx Rewards program.

    ABA Board Nomination Deadline October 31

    Nominations of qualified candidates for the ABA Board of Directors must be submitted to the Nominating Committee via a form on BookWeb.org no later than midnight EDT on October 31.

    Reminder: Candidates Sought for 2018 ABA Board Elections

    ABA members are encouraged to nominate candidates for the association’s 2018 Board of Directors elections; self-nominations are acceptable.

    New Affiliate Program With Lovepop Features 3D Greeting Cards

    Through the American Booksellers Association’s new Lovepop affinity program, booksellers can purchase high-quality 3D paper art greeting cards to sell in their stores.

    IndieBound.org Changes Improve Mobile Experience

    Visitors to IndieBound.org will now have the same experience whether they are browsing from a computer, smartphone, or tablet following recent technological upgrades to the site.

    Candidates Sought for 2018 Board Elections

    The ABA Nominating Committee is looking for qualified candidates to serve on the ABA Board of Directors. Any ABA member may nominate a qualified candidate, including themselves.

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