Headlines for the week of July 19, 2017

    PRH Offering Free Year of Treeline Analytics Lite to New Users

    Penguin Random House and Above the Treeline are teaming up to offer a free year of Analytics Lite to independent booksellers in the U.S. that are new to Above the Treeline.

    Congressman Calls for Antitrust Hearing on Amazon’s Whole Foods Purchase

    Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline is calling for a hearing on Amazon’s proposed $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods.

    Labor Department Abandons Obama Administration Overtime Rules

    The U.S. Department of Labor has decided not to challenge a November injunction blocking an overtime rule that would have doubled a worker’s exempt status.

    Video of Webinar on Managing Large-Scale Off-Site Events Now on BookWeb

    A video of the July 11 webinar on managing large-scale off-site events, along with related handouts, is now available to all ABA member booksellers on BookWeb.org.

    Face Out: ABA Board Member Christine Onorati on Her Life Among Books

    WORD Bookstores owner Christine Onorati, who joined the ABA Board this past May, talks about her earliest experiences with books and reading, her goals as a new Board member, and more.

    A Q&A With Joshilyn Jackson, Author of August’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

    The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson, about a graphic novelist who discovers a family secret, is booksellers’ number one-pick for the August Indie Next List.

    Book Industry Bids Farewell to Retiring Tattered Cover Owner Joyce Meskis

    Bookselling friends and colleagues gathered at Tattered Cover Book Store on July 16 to celebrate the many achievements of longtime owner Joyce Meskis, who is retiring after 43 years at the helm.

    Booksellers Focus on Implementing Eco-Conscious Practices

    Independent bookstores continue to implement new environmental initiatives and practices, in step with how ideas of green living, sustainability, and climate change have permeated the public consciousness in recent years.

    Two Physicians Open Rebel Heart Books in Jacksonville, Oregon

    Doctors Eileen Bobek and Natalya Miller have opened Rebel Heart Books, a new general-interest independent bookstore specializing in adult, children’s, and young adult books.

    Booksellers on Becoming Inclusive Places for Dialogue and Discovery Through Diversity

    To help stores strengthen the unique role they play in their communities, here is a list of bookseller-generated suggestions in the category of diversity.

    IndieCommerce to Change Sender Address on Transactional E-Mails

    Here, the IndieCommerce team provides an update on the recent issue of spambot interference with e-mails generated for customers by the IndieCommerce system.

    Retail Sales at Bookstores Up in May

    Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were up by 1.7 percent in May 2017 compared to May 2016, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

    Around Indies

    Titcomb’s, Farley’s mark half a century in business; New England Mobile Book Fair relocates

    BTW News Briefs

    Dana Canedy named administrator of Pulitzer Prizes; Indigo Books & Music may expand to U.S.; Status of Affordable Care Act repeal vote uncertain; Celadon Books to launch; Staff changes at S&S Books for Young Readers, Harvard University Press, The Feminist Press; Hugh M. Hefner Foundation award winners, Center for Fiction First Novel Prize longlist, International Thriller Writers’ award winners announced; Little Free Library wins WNBA’s Second Century Prize

    The Indie Biography & Memoir Bestseller List

    Based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending July 16, 2017.

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    Eileen Bobek and Natalya Miller

    Two doctors, Eileen Bobek (left) and Natalya Miller (right), are the owners of Rebel Heart Books, a new general-interest bookstore in Jacksonville, Oregon.