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Also see For the Record: Across the Country – Indie Bookstores are Vital and Healthy

Press Releases

American Booksellers Association and Libro.fm Partner for Sale of Digital Audiobooks Through Independent Bookstores (November 9, 2016)
The American Booksellers Association, the national trade group for independent bookstores, and Libro.fm, the digital audiobook provider, have announced a marketing partnership coupled with the integration of Libro.fm with hundreds of ABA’s IndieCommerce platform websites, enabling the convenient purchase of digital audiobooks. Customers now have an option to purchase digital audiobooks – as well as print and ebooks – while supporting their local, independent bookstore, and as an alternative to Amazon’s Audible.com.

Independent Bookstores in Seven Cities to Host Banned Books Week Events on Same Night (September 21, 2016)
American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE), a project of the American Booksellers Association, has announced that seven independent bookstores will participate in “A Night of Silenced Voices” on Tuesday, September 27, to celebrate diversity and honor freedom of expression during this year’s Banned Books Week (September 25–October 1).
Banned Books Week Event Photo

Lena Dunham Named Spokesperson for Indies First (September 14, 2016)
The American Booksellers Association is pleased to announce Lena Dunham as the 2016 official spokesperson for Indies First, a national campaign of activities and events in support of independent bookstores that takes place on Small Business Saturday, the weekend after Thanksgiving.

American Booksellers, Publishers and Librarians Praise Hong Kong Bookseller (June 18, 2016)
The American Booksellers Association, the Association of American Publishers and the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom today praised Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kee for revealing details of his illegal imprisonment by Chinese authorities and for refusing to identify customers in China who purchased books that are critical of Chinese officials.

Cheryl Strayed Announced as 2015 Indies First Spokesperson (September 16, 2015)
The American Booksellers Association is pleased to announce Cheryl Strayed, the bestselling author of Wild, Tiny Beautiful Things, Torch, and the forthcoming Brave Enough, as this year's official spokesperson for Indies First, a national campaign of activities and events in support of independent bookstores.

Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer Call for Support of Independent Bookstores Through “Indies First” Campaign (September 26, 2014)
The American Booksellers Association (ABA) announced yesterday that bestselling author Neil Gaiman and musician and soon-to-be-published author Amanda Palmer will be volunteer spokespeople for the Indies First campaign during the 2014 holiday season.

ABA CEO and Board Named PW Person of the Year (November 26, 2013)
Publishers Weekly announced today that American Booksellers Association CEO Oren Teicher and the ABA Board have been chosen as PW’s Person of the Year for 2013.

Indie Booksellers Stand Tall on Small Business Saturday (November 19, 2013)
Thousands of authors and booksellers working together as part of author Sherman Alexie’s “Indies First” program

Kobo and Independent Bookstores Join Forces to Expand eReading Across the U.S. (August 29, 2012)
Kobo Technology Powers eBooks and eReaders for Local Bookstores

2012 Indies Choice and E.B. White Book Award Winners Announced (April, 2012)
American Booksellers Association Awards Honor Indie Bookseller Favorites

Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize Shortlist (January 31, 2012)
The Center for Fiction and ABA Partner

Strong Holiday Sales for Independent Bookstores (December 8, 2011)
Indies Defy Conventional Wisdom as Sales and Locations Continue to Increase

New Mobile Reading App Launches for E-Books Sold at Independent Bookstore Websites (December 1, 2011)
Indiebound Reader for Android First Dedicated Reading App for Independent Booksellers

ABA Hails Governor Quinn for His Support of Main Street Retailers in Signing Affiliate Nexus Bill into Law (March 10, 2011)
Following Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's signing today of sales tax fairness legislation, ABA strongly praised the governor's leadership role in helping to ensure that Main Street businesses continue as engines of innovation, growth, and job creation.

On March 1, ABA announced the winners for the Indies Choice Book Awards, now including the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards. The winners will be chosen by the owners and staff at ABA member stores in balloting throughout the month of March.
 
American Booksellers Association Applauds Random House Move to Agency Model for E-Books (February 28, 2011)
ABA indicated its strong support of the decision by Random House, Inc. to adopt the agency pricing model for the publisher's ebooks in the United States.
 
New Study Presented at First-Ever National Summit of Independent Retail Advocacy Groups Identifies the Top U.S. Cities in Independent Retail (January 20, 2011)
A new study presented at the first-ever national meeting of leaders of independent, local, and community-based businesses has ranked more than 300 U.S. metropolitan areas according to the vitality of independent retail.
 
More than 500 Independent Booksellers to Gather in Washington (January 10, 2010)
Small Business Issues and Best Practices on the Agenda; Congressional Visits Planned
Independent Bookstores Begin Selling Google eBooks™ Today (December, 6, 2010)
"Cloud-Based" Library and Multi-Device Access Allow Indies to Compete in Growing E-book Business
Positive Effect of Buy Local Campaigns (January 15, 2010)
Holiday Survey Shows Sales Increase for Indie Business
Len Vlahos Named ABA's Chief Operating Officer (June 11, 2009)
Oren Teicher, the new Chief Executive Officer of the American Booksellers Association, today announced the appointment of Len Vlahos to fill the post of Chief Operating Officer. The position was vacated when the ABA Board promoted Mr. Teicher to the role of CEO.
American Booksellers Association Announces 2009 Indies Choice Book Award Winners (April 16, 2009)
Favorite Handsells by Independent Booksellers Nationwide
American Booksellers Association Announces New CEO (April 1, 2009)
Oren J. Teicher to Assume Leadership Role as of June 1, 2009
Opportunities in the Digital Arena for Independent Bookstores: An Action Plan for the American Booksellers Association (March 12, 2009)
A white paper by Len Vlahos, ABA Chief Program Officer, presented to the ABA Board of Directors at its March 2009 Meeting
ABA Announces Finalists for the 2009 Indies Choice Book Awards (March 3, 2009)
Independent Bookstores Reflected in New Categories
BookExpo America And American Booksellers Association Announce Joint Innovations (January 8, 2009)
Features Free Attendance And Coordinated Education For Booksellers
“Community” and “Connectivity” are Themes of Show
IndieBound.org Debuts Book Wish Lists, Book Search (November 6, 2008)
New Features Anticipate Holiday Traffic
Indie Bookstores Emphasize the Value of the Book for Challenging Holiday Season (October 23, 2008)
ABA Unveils Targeted IndieBound Holiday Marketing Effort
Nationwide Independent Bookstore Movement Announced at BookExpo America (May 29, 2008)
American Booksellers Association Launches IndieBound; Localism Emphasized
ABA, Ingram Announce Strategic Partnership (May 6, 2008)
Ingram Book Group and Ingram Publisher Services to Underwrite Bookseller Education
115 New Independent Bookstores Open in 2007 (January, 2008)
The Positive Trend Continues, Further Evidence of the Lure of Independents

 


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