25 Jun

Using Book Lists for Your Store's Book Groups

Recent updates to in the form of multiple book lists and widgets give customers new ways to shop indie bookstores. Booksellers can use these new features in interesting ways, too, even as tools for book group administration.

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24 Jun

The Indie Comics & Graphic Works Bestseller List

For the eight-week period ending June 23, 2009, and based on sales at independent book stores nationwide.


Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons, DC Comics, $19.99, 9780930289232


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18 Jun Introduces New Book Lists, Widgets

This week, launched several exciting new features for consumers and booksellers that focus on indie bookstores and spreading the word about great books.

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16 Jun


The July Indie Next List flier, on its way to stores in the IndieBound movement, misidentifies the name of the bookstore for the bookseller's quote for the title It's Not Me, It's You: Subjective Recollections From a Terminally Optimistic, Chronically Sarcastic, and Occasionally Inebriated Woman. The title was nominated by Sam Droke-Dickinson of Aaron's Books in Lititz, Pennsylvania.

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10 Jun

The Indie Parenting Bestseller List

Based on sales in independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending June 9, 2009.


Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace
Ayelet Gilbert Waldman, Doubleday, $24.95, 9780385527934


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04 Jun

The July 2009 Indie Next List

Here's a preview of the July Indie Next List, now on its way to ABA member stores in the IndieBound movement, and a reminder that June Notable titles are now featured in a flier and shelf-talkers, downloadable here and from

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03 Jun

The Indie Gardening & Nature Bestseller List

For the eight-week period ending June 2, 2009, and based on sales in hundreds of independent bookstores nationwide.


Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
Barbara and Camille Kingsolver, Steven Hopp, Harper Perennial, $14.95, 9780060852566


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20 May

Bestseller List Deadline Unchanged for Memorial Day Holiday

The deadlines for reporting sales to the Indie Bestseller List next week remain unchanged; the deadlines will not be extended for the Memorial Day holiday.

The Indie Bestseller List will be compiled and sent to booksellers, as usual, on Tuesday, May 26, and the printable PDF will be posted on ABA's trade website,, on Wednesday afternoon. The American Booksellers Association is urging all bookstores to report during the holiday weekend to ensure that the Bestseller List reflects the true range and influence of indies nationwide.

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14 May

The Summer 2009 Children's Indie Next List Preview

A new season of insightful indie booksellers' recommendations for the next great reads in children's and young adult titles -- featured in a four-page list with a bold, bright, and fun design -- will be arriving soon in bookstores in the Summer 2009 Kids' Next List.

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13 May

The Indie Poetry Bestseller List

Based on sales at independent bookstores nationwide for the eight-week period ending May 12, 2009 (including National Poetry Month).


Mary Oliver, Beacon, $23, 9780807068984


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13 May

Handmade Products Designed Exclusively for ABA

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11 May

The Summer 2009 Children's Indie Next List

1. Radiant Darkness: A Novel by Emily Whitman
(Greenwillow, $16.99, 9780061724497 / 0061724491)
"Emily Whitman has written an inventive retelling of the myth of Persephone's kidnapping by Hades and her stay in the Underworld. In this version, she is a willing participant in the seduction, but then has to establish herself as an equal in her relationship with Hades. Are there modern overtones? Yes, and they help make Radiant Darkness a very good story." --Nicola Rooney, Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, MI

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07 May

IndieBound on the Rise!

This has been a banner week for the IndieBound application for iPhone. It's now at #2 in iTunes Free Book Apps list, and was recently featured on the front page of the iTunes App Store, viewable both in the iTunes program and in the iPhone's native App Store.

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06 May

Author Sets Out to Visit 100 Independent Bookstores

Marc Fitten, author of the new novel Valeria's Last Stand (Bloomsbury), is "spicing up" his U.S. book tour by visiting 100 independent bookstores along the way.

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30 Apr

50 Authors to Participate in Celebration of Bookselling Luncheon

Fifty of independent booksellers' favorite authors will be at this year's ABA Celebration of Bookselling Luncheon at BookExpo America. The Friday, May 29, event, open exclusively to the owners and staff at ABA member stores, will feature the presentation of the inaugural Indies Choice Book Awards (ICBA).

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