In This Issue
ABA New Year News
NWBL Noteworthies
Kobo Mini Promo
Member Notes

Partners Skyscraper 11/09

Ingram 09/10


ABA News to Note
IndieCommerce and Contact Updates

The American Booksellers Association will reopen on or about Wednesday, Dec 19 in their new offices in White Plains, NY. All of the ABA websites, including IndieCommerce, as well as all email addresses and the 800-number will be unaffected. However, all office phone and fax numbers will change. 

* Main office address and phone updates, here.
* Key contacts list, here.

In other ABA news, January 7 is an important date for IndieCommerce users. It's the last day to sign up for the Kobo eBook program, as the Google eBooks reseller program is phased out, and avoid an interruption in the ability to service eBook requests. For stores that have already signed up to make the switch but have not committed to a specific date, the switch will happen automatically on Jan 7.

Details on the ABA/Kobo partnership can be reviewed here.

Recent Site Highlights

*  Amanda MacNaughton explored the book lovers' elation of discovering that perfect little green book with that one story or the edition with the calligraphy on the cover in her "Bookselling in the Desert" column. 

*  Christine Deavel's latest "From the Poetry Frontier" post recapped 2012, the year of the poetry touchstone doorstopper. 

*  We were introduced to a couple of new NW voices in back-to-back above-the-fold features from Eugene's Eliot Treichel and Portland's Michael Heald. Remember, you heard them here first.

*  Through the search for the perfect piece of Christmas literature, "Doodles" columnist Brad Craft recalled the magic of Christmas, "as we best remember it, and will never quite know again." And when it comes to your great auntie's conglomerate bowl of hard candy, that's actually a good thing.

*  A big thanks to Portland's Broadway Books for sharing "24 Days of Books," a Face Out each day in December leading up to Christmas.

Kobo Mini
Big Promotion

Kobo is offering a just in time for the holidays $49.99 deal to Kobo retailers on sales of Minis. 

Terms are good on in-store purchases of on-hand inventory for three days only, Dec 21-23. Kobo will not honor rainchecks or credit sales outside of the three-day promotional window. Minis are in stock at Ingram, so contact your rep today!

Online, in-store and e-newsletter promotional materials will be available on ABA's Kobo Resource Page by Tues, Dec 17.

When you provide ABA with with an electronically generated sales report or duplicate copies of register receipts, you will be reimbursed $30 per eligible device sold. Reports and questions should be directed to Hard copy reports may be mailed to Neil Strandberg at the new ABA address listed in the article above. Reports must be electronically received or postmarked by Jan 2, 2013.
Member Notes

BINC, Good to Meet You
The Book Industry Charitable Foundation not only introduced itself and its services to our membership at the tradeshow, it gave away some prizes, as well. Congratulations to Erin Smith, of Third Street Books, and Robert Portwood, of Bob's Beach Books, winners of $100 AmEx gift cards.

Carroll's Sales Calls Just Got Longer
In addition to his existing roster of publishers, George Carroll will now be representing all of the lines previously handled by Christine Foye and Wilcher Associates. Foye moved to Simon & Schuster in September. For a complete roster of of pubs now represented by Carroll, please consult your member handbook.

Welcome, Wiskermans
Bryan and Christy Wiskerman are the new owners of Gulliver's Books, in Fairbanks. The longtime customers started the process a year ago when they had a conversation with previous owner, David Hollingsworth, and Christy began a working internship at the store the next day. They officially took over in October.


Wi8 Scholarships
A full ten percent of the 500 bookseller attendees registered for the ABA's eighth Winter Institute, Feb 22-25, Kansas City, will be there on industry scholarships. Among the ten percenters, these Northwesterners, listed with their benefactors: Alec Milner, Vintage Books, Vancouver, WA (MP Publishing); Deon Stonehouse, Sunriver Books & Music, Sunriver, OR (W.W. Norton); Christy McDanold, Secret Garden Books, Seattle, WA (Random House Children's); and Sam Kaas and a sidekick TBD, Village Books, Bellingham, WA (Black Dog & Leventhal, My Bookstore Contest).


Murray's Off the Road

No word on where the accounts will land, but catalogs from Beautiful America, Schiffer Publishing and University of Iowa Press will no longer come to you by way of John Murray. "No maudlin, sappy epistle from me. Time to cut and run." But don't call it retirement. "I'm resigning," he says.


Another Store Sinks

Budget cuts have closed the bookstore at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, OR. Manager Lynne Wright hopes to some day find her way back to the PNBA fold: "After more than 30 years with ABA and 15 with PNBA, I can't imagine not being around!"


2013 Calendar   

Jan 27, 28    Annual PNBA Board Retreat, Troutdale, OR
Feb 22-25     Winter Institute 8, Kansas City
April 4          ABA Forum, Seattle (tentative)
April 23        World Book Night, All Around the World
May 28         BEA begins, NYC    

PNBA classified advertisement listings are now featured on the NW Book Lovers blog. NWBL greatly broadens the options and the audience for NW book-related postings. Current PNBA members are eligible for free classifieds. Contact Jamie for guidelines and scheduling.

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