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Bookstores participating in the American Booksellers Association/Kobo partnership can offer their customers a new Kobo Mini & Snapback offer, beginning this Friday, April 5, and running through Thursday, April 18.
Drummer John Densmore of The Doors is helping independent record stores and bookstores celebrate Record Store Day, on April 20, with the launch of his new, self-published book, The Doors: Unhinged, a look at the deep divide among the remaining band members after Jim Morrison’s death.
Eight e-book promotions were recently added to the IndieCommerce Publisher Promotions page. Categories include detective stories, YA titles, books for tax time, and about the Catholic Church and the papacy.
The first in a series of book-oriented promotions planned by Kobo for 2013 launched on Wednesday with the Lonely Planet eBook USA’s Best Trips: 99 Themed Itineraries Across America, a guide to the country’s most iconic road trips.
More than 10 e-book promotions were recently added to the IndieCommerce Publisher Promotions page. Categories include gut-wrenching teen reads, murder mysteries, cookbooks, craft books, St. Patrick’s Day specials, and more. Several feature custom web banners provided by their publishers.
On Friday, February 8, Macmillan became the final publisher to agree to a settlement of the e-book agency model pricing suit brought by the Department of Justice against Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, and Apple in April 2012.
Winter Institute 8 will feature several opportunities for booksellers to learn more about the ABA/Kobo program and plans in the works for 2013. In addition, Kobo representatives will be available to talk to booksellers directly.
BTW’s spotlight on current and upcoming eBook promotions that booksellers can choose to highlight on their IndieCommerce websites returns this week with 15 promotions, including three free samplers, a selection of cookbooks and home organizers, great titles for Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, Ash Wednesday, and more.
This week, Publishers Lunch releasedBuzz Books 2013: Spring/Summer, a free e-book of pre-publication excerpts from 28 highly anticipated books set to go on sale between March and July. Close to half of the excerpts (11 titles) will also be featured at this month’s Winter Institute.
Starting today, IndieCommerce stores that do not participate in the Kobo eBook program will no longer be able to sell e-books. Earlier this year, Google set January 31 as the date that the Google eBooks catalog and the ability to sell Google eBooks would be removed from all reseller sites.
The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.
Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.