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McLain's Circling the Sun Tops August Indie Next List

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain is the ABA's No. 1 Indie Next pick for August. The rest of the list also includes Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal and The Marriage of Opposites, by Alice Hoffman, both featured in our Spring/Summer Buzz Books 2015 ebook, as well…

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Bookselling: Amazon Expands in Mexico; Indigo Expands Store Discounts; and More

Two years after launching its Kindle store in Mexico, Amazon has expanded to offer a broad spectrum of physical goods, including printed books, at http://amazon.com.mx/. Offerings include the three versions of the Kindle e-reader. Indigo will now discount 100 top-selling and bookseller-recommend books by 40 percent, ceo Heather Reisman tells the Globe…

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Judge Denies Results of Family Christian Bankruptcy Auction

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge John Gregg voided the results of the complicated bankruptcy auction for the Family Christian Stores bookselling chain, calling the process "at times, nothing short of chaotic." At the same time, the Judge wrote, "While the Debtors clearly made mistakes at the auction, this court concludes that the…

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Nebraska Book Company Sells Retail Division to Follett

The Nebraska Book Company has sold its Neebo retail division to Follett, which will lead to the loss of 60 jobs at the company's headquarters in Lincoln, NE. The sale of Neebo, for which terms were not disclosed, comes after the Nebraska Book Company announced it would close its Lincoln…

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People, Etc.

At Ecco, Ashley Garland has been promoted to senior publicity manager. Ami Greko will start working at Penguin Random House UK next Monday, as product manager of their author portal, reporting to digital publisher Dan Franklin. She was book marketing strategist at Goodreads before relocating to London earlier this year. At Sourcebooks, Cat Clyne…

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Buck's Oregon Trail Leads July Indie Next List

The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck is the ABA's No. 1 Indie Next pick for July. The rest of the list includes two books, The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler and The Hand That Feeds You by A.J. Rich, featured in our Spring/Summer Buzz Books 2015 ebook, and also includes the…

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Bookselling: June Picks From Amazon, iBooks Costco, Target; Independent Bookstore Day 2016

Amazon's "spotlight pick" for June is Jami Attenberg's Saint Mazie and their "featured debut" is Erika Swyler's The Book of Speculation. Their other best books of June top picks are: Aziz Ansari & Eric Klinenberg, Modern Romance Mia Alvar, In The Country Sarah Hepola, Blackout Judy Blume, In the Unlikely Event…

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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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People, Etc.

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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