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At ABA Annual Keynote, Teicher Points to "Impressive Resurgence" of Indie Bookselling

At the ABA's annual general meeting, ceo Oren Teicher called attention to independent bookstores' "impressive resurgence" and the association's expanding initiatives over the past twelve months. Teicher called attention to "significant investment in technology, especially for IndieCommerce"; an expansion of Winter Institute as well as the Children's Institute; the "successful…

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Kobo Extends ABA Partnership With eRead Local Program

Kobo is adding a new component to its existing partnership with the American Booksellers Association with the impending launch of eRead Local, set to launch later this summer (the exact timing is still TBA.) Participating ABA members will receive $5 USD per new Kobo customer acquired, and each new customer…

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Martin Barabas has joined Regan Arts as publicity manager. Most recently he worked at Ingber & Associates Talent Agency. Debra Woodward will join Red Wheel/Weiser as sales manager on June 8. She was most recently the New England sales representative for Candlewick Press. At Soho Press, Amara Hoshijo has been…

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Briefs: Canongate To Publish Rhodes Memoir After Winning Legal Battle; Regional Bookseller Paperbacks From Unbridled Books

Canongate will publish British classical pianist James Rhodes' memoir Instrumental on May 28 as an ebook and the following week in hardcover after the UK Supreme Court overturned an injunction that banned publication. The injunction resulted from a lawsuit by Rhodes' former wife, who claimed publication of the memoir, which…

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Bookselling: BN to Close Forest Hills Store; Outgoing ABA President Bercu On "Continuing Resurgence"

Barnes & Noble will close its Forest Hills, Queens store in January, according to the NY Daily News, which reported comments from the 22,000-square foot store's landlord, Muss Development. BN has occupied the space since 1995; should the store close it would leave its outpost in Bayside as the retailer's…

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BN Files to Allow Microsoft and Pearson to Sell Their Shares; BAMM Trades Above Buyout Offer

Barnes & Noble filed paperwork with the SEC to prepare the way for Microsoft and Pearson to be able to sell the roughly 3.340 million shares of the bookseller's stock they were given as part of the deals to buy out their stakes in Nook Media LLC. Those shares comprise…

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At Simon & Schuster Children's, Christian Trimmer has been promoted to executive editor; Kristin Ostby moves up to senior editor; and Catherine Laudone has been promoted to assistant editor. In addition, Christine Dong has been promoted to senior demand planner. At Macmillan Audio, Robert Allen has been promoted to associate…

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Haruf's Final Novel Leads June Indie Next List; May Picks from iBooks, Amazon and Costco

Kent Haruf's final, posthumous novel OUR SOULS AT NIGHT is the ABA's No. 1 Indie Next pick for June (and makes the iBooks Store's top picks for May as well). The rest of the list features the following (including 5 books, asterisked, you can start reading right now in our…

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Bookselling: Sales Fall Another 4 Percent at WHSmith; Looking Glass Books For Sale; and More

WHSmith reported interim half-year results (ending February 28) with sales at their High Street stores were down 5 percent, with same store sales also down 4 percent. Profits for that segment increased 2 percent (or £1m) to £50m, as "strong gross margin performance and costs were tightly controlled" saving costs…

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Gabrielle Gantz joins Palgrave as associate director of publicity. She was previously director of publicity at McSweeney's. Mia Amato has joined Start Publishing as marketing director, overseeing all print and digital marketing of the recently acquired Cleis Press and Viva Editions imprints. Her background in digital channel marketing includes stints…

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