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  • ABA Brings Back #BoxedOut Marketing Campaign

    Ahead of Amazon's Prime Day sales event, set for June 21 and 22, the ABA is reviving its #BoxedOut campaign, which is aimed at highlighting the danger that Amazon's dominance of online retailing continues to pose for local communities and independent stores.

  • Fiction Leads Another Week of Sales Gains

    Unit sales of print books rose 4.8% last week over the week ended June 12, 2020, as adult fiction sales rose 23%. 'The President's Daughter' by James Patterson and Bill Clinton was the week's top seller.

  • April Bookstore Sales Skyrocketed

    Rebounding from the worst month of the 2020 sales collapse, April bookstore sales soared 204% over last year, jumping to $514 million, from $169 million in April 2020.

  • This Week's Bestsellers: June 14, 2021

    Elin Hilderbrand has the #1 book in the country with her latest beach read, 'Golden Girl.' Plus poet and 'Atlantic' staff writer Clint Smith, #2 in hardcover nonfiction, shows 'How the Word Is Passed,' and 'Daisy Jones & the Six' author Taylor Jenkins Reid returns with 'Malibu Rising.'

  • June Starts with a 4.1% Gain in Print Unit Sales

    With only the adult and YA fiction categories posting increases, unit sales of print books still rose 4.1% in the week ended June 5, 2021, over the comparable week in 2020, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan.

  • Bookselling Profile: A Room of One’s Own

    Once again, A Room of One’s Own in Madison, Wis., is a bookstore in transition. Founded by five young women in 1975, A Room relocated in 1997 and again in 2011. A Room will reopen in a 4,300-square-foot space in late July.

  • New Adult Fiction Dominates Bestseller List

    Unit sales of adult fiction titles jumped 28% last week over the comparable week in 2020. Seven of the top 10 overall bestsellers last week were brand-new novels.

  • Senator Klobuchar Advocates Against Amazon, Other Monopolies

    In a presentation cosponsored by the American Booksellers Association and Small Business Rising, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar spoke of pending legislation and other efforts to curb Amazon's stranglehold upon the economy.

  • Print Unit Sales End May with 11.6% Increase

    Unit sales of print books rose 11.6% in the week ended May 29, 2021, over the comparable week in 2020, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan.

  • This Week's Bestsellers: June 7, 2021

    Amateur golfer Tom Coyne lands at #7 in hardcover nonfiction with 'A Course Called America.' Plus Harlequin's Love Inspired Romance line captures readers' attentions, and ob-gyn Jen Gunter puts forth 'The Menopause Manifesto.'

  • Growth of Online Sales Cushioned Pandemic Blow at Indigo

    Online sales jumped 127% at Indigo Books & Music in fiscal year 2021 over FY 2020, partially offsetting a 34% decline in sales through its physical stores. Still, sales dropped 5.5% in the year, and the bookseller's losses deepened.

  • Sales of Adult Fiction Books Stay on Fire

    Unit sales of adult books rose 25.8% last week over May 30, 2020, and for the first five months of 2021, adult book sales jumped 32.4% over the comparable period a year ago at outlets that report to BookScan.

  • Seminary Co-op Launches Two Imprints

    Seminary Co-op Bookstores announced that it will start two imprints, one in partnership with Northwestern University Press, and the other, which will focus on bookselling, with Prickly Paradigm Press.

  • This Week's Bestsellers: May 28, 2021

    John Green has the #2 book in the country with 'The Anthropocene Reviewed.' Plus the children's book world says goodbye to beloved creators Eric Carle and Lois Ehlert.

  • Print Unit Sales Rose 2.3% in Mid-May

    Unit sales of print books rose 2.3% in the week ended May 22, 2021, over the comparable week in 2020, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan.

  • Bookselling Profile: Hipocampo Children’s Books

    In the months since Hipocampo Children’s Books has reopened to in-person browsing, a group of pre-teens and teens have made the space a regular stop on their wanderings through the Rochester, N.Y., neighborhood where it opened two years ago.

  • Print Book Sales Rose 2.3% Last Week

    Despite the blockbuster release of 'The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes' by Suzanne Collins at this time last year, unit sales of print books managed to rise 2.3% last week over the week ended May 23, 2020.

  • Booksellers Grapple with a Host of Issues at Annual Meeting, Town Hall

    The ABA held its second virtual annual meeting Thursday, followed by a Town Hall. While some booksellers expressed concerns over publisher discounts and plans by Ingram to ship all IPS titles from a single warehouse, others focused on the future of in-person events.

  • Eso Won and Crockett Named PW’s Bookstore and Sales Rep of the Year

    Publishers Weekly has named the L.A.-based indie bookstore Eso Won Books its Bookstore of the Year, and Simon & Schuster sales rep Toi Crockett has been named PW Sales Rep of the Year. The announcement was made at the inaugural U.S. Book Show.

  • CALIBA's Crosby Leaving for Utah Bookstore

    Calvin Crosby, executive director of the California Independent Booksellers Alliance, has purchased Betsy Burton's majority share of The King's English Bookshop in Salt Lake City and will be relocating. Burton is retiring this summer.

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