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    A Report on the ABA Board’s January 2017 Meeting

    At its January 25–26 meeting in Minneapolis, just prior to the12th Winter Institute, the ABA Board worked on a range of business.

    BTW News Briefs

    Follett names COO; Children’s Book Week expands staff; PEN World Voices Festival to focus on gender and power; PEN America Literary Award winners and Nebula, Norton, and Bradbury nominees announced

    Winter Institute 12 Seen Through the Eyes of a German Book Industry Professional

    Buchreport’s Anja Sieg shares her observations from Winter Institute 12 in this column, which was published in the February 10 edition of the U.K.’s The Bookseller.

    Noelle Santos’ Lit. Bar Gathers Momentum for a Summer Opening

    Noelle Santos, an HR professional with a love of literature, is just a few steps away from signing a lease for The Lit. Bar, a bookstore/wine bar, in her native South Bronx. 

    Wi12 Education: Booksellers Make the Business Case for ABACUS

    Three Winter Institute bookseller panelists shared insights on how using the information from ABA’s ABACUS survey has improved management of their bookstore finances.

    Post-Election Discussion at A Novel Experience Uses “Living Room Conversations” as a Model

    A Novel Experience invited customers to take part in a post-election conversation using guidelines from Living Room Conversations, a website that offers resources for hosting civil discussions on difficult topics. to Offer Audiobook Memberships for Indie Bookstore Customers

    On March 1, will launch audiobook memberships through more than 270 indie bookstore locations.

    ABA Board Election Process Open for Petitions in Support of Additional Candidates

    Under ABA’s Bylaws, any bookstore member may submit petitions to have the names of additional candidates added to the ballot for the 2017 Board of Directors elections.

    BTW News Briefs

    Jack Lynch named HMH CEO; Consortium adds five publishers; Amazon to open store in San Francisco; Grammy, Lincoln Prize, Little Free Library winners and Audie finalists announced

    International Book Fair Scholarship Application Now Open

    Europa Editions is partnering with Other Press to award scholarships to three American booksellers to attend the 2017 Turin Book Fair.

    Registration Opens for Children’s Institute Bookstore Tours

    Booksellers and publishers attending Children’s Institute 2017 in Portland, Oregon, this April may now register for half-day and full-day bookstore tours.

    Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in December, Up in 2016

    Retail sales at bookstores were down by 3.1 percent in December 2016 compared to December 2015 but were up for the year, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

    Booksellers Appointed to ABA Advisory Council, Diversity Task Force

    In response to concerns expressed by booksellers at the Wi12 Town Hall, ABA has increased the number of members on its Booksellers Advisory Council and created a Diversity Task Force.

    Independent Bookstore Day Offers Marketing-in-a-Mailer

    The Independent Bookstore Day Marketing-in-a-Mailer contains signage, stickers, teasers, shelf-talkers, and balloons to help bookstores promote the event. The kit costs $19 and orders are due March 1.

    ABA Announces 2017 Board Candidates

    ABA has announced three director candidates to stand for election to the ABA Board, as well as the Board’s selection for president and vice president, who must be ratified by membership.


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