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.

    Binc and Macmillan Diversity Scholarship to Award Nine in 2018

    The scholarship that encourages booksellers traditionally underrepresented in the industry to attend their regional trade show is back for a second year.

    Voting Opens for America’s Best-Loved Book

    PBS’ The Great American Read premiered on May 22, kicking off the voting process during which readers across the nation are invited to cast a ballot for their favorite book.

    BTW News Briefs

    NBF to expand programming; Rare Bird Books and Book Passage launch display contest for bookstores; Author Philip Roth dies; Roz Parr to step down at Vintage Anchor; PRH Canada gains new CEO; Promotions at Penguin and Viking Children’s; Bonnier and GLAAD to release LGBT-themed series for kids; 2018 Man Booker International Prize winner, Nebula Award winners, Chautauqua Prize winner announced

    Book Reviews Coming to Indie Bookstore Websites

    The American Booksellers Association is partnering with Literary Hub’s Book Marks to bring professional reviews to book pages on IndieBound and IndieCommerce sites.

    A Closer Look at Sourcebooks, Dominique Raccah’s “Female-Forward” Publishing Company

    Sourcebooks is known for challenging the conventional, creating conversations, relentless innovation, and creating new kinds of business for its retail partners, including independent bookstores, Raccah says.

    Sign Up Now for the Summer/Fall 2018 Indies Introduce Program

    ABA member stores new to the Indies Introduce program must sign up by June 8 to take advantage of specials on 10 adult and 10 children’s titles chosen by booksellers as the top debuts of the upcoming season.

    18 Booksellers Named “Introduce an Indie” Scholarship Winners

    The program will bring up-and-coming booksellers from around the country to BookExpo 2018 for the opportunity to be fully immersed in the book industry.

    James Patterson Opens Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program for 2018

    Today, James Patterson announced his 2018 pledge to independent bookstore employees: a personal contribution of $250,000 as part of his Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program.

    BTW News Briefs

    BookExpo to feature panel on turning books into films; Otto Penzler launches Penzler Publishers; Former Penguin Group chair Peter Mayer dies; Author Tom Wolfe dies; Innovations in Reading Prize winner, New England Society Book Award winners, British Book Award winners, Shirley Jackson Award nominees announced

    PBS’s The Great American Read to Premiere May 22

    The eight-part television and online series designed to spark a national conversation about reading will kick off with a two-hour episode at 8:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, May 22.

    Submit Now: ABACUS Financial Survey of Independent Bookstores

    Participating bookstores will receive a benchmarking report (including comparative financial ratios, operations data, and company profiles), a customized performance report, and additional online tools.

    Retail Sales at Bookstores Up in March

    Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were up by 3.5 percent in March 2018 compared to March 2017, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. As of May, the year-to-date sales for independent bookstores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, were up more than 5 percent over 2017

    Around Indies

    New bookstores for Bookie’s, The Center for Fiction; New owners for Canterbury Book Store; Books Are Magic, Mysterious Galaxy celebrate anniversaries; Eight Cousins wins award; Maria’s Bookshop goes on the market; Petition launches to keep Moravian independent; Local news features booksellers from The Reading Bug, Watermark, DIESEL, and Literati; Bookstore roundups feature stores in Atlanta, Pittsburgh, and Columbus

    ABACUS Survey to Open May 11

    The confidential survey of key bookstore financial information provides participating stores with in-depth, customized reports that are an important tool for improving business operations and profitability.

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