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Bi-Weekly Newsletter for Book Industry
May 10, 2016

 Bargain Book News is the only eZine that covers, not only important information in the book industry, but also all the news in the book aftermarket, including trade shows, overstock and remainder product and more!


It's BEA Week!

Set-up for the largest Book Exposition in American is almost done and the doors will open tomorrow morning for the Remainder Section of BEA2016 hosted by Chicago for the first time in many years!
The book show returns to the Midwest after a 12-year absence
The decision to return BEA to Chicago was due to a number of factors, Brien McDonald, event director, says. The available dates at New York’s Javits Center were “not optimal,” but the most important reason for the switch, McDonald notes, is to attract a range of book buyers that haven’t made it to New York. In that regard, the 2016 event is doing well. Preregistration among book buyers—which include booksellers, librarians,
museum stores, and specialty retailers—is up over 2015 in the Midwest, especially in the heartland states of Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Missouri. McDonald says registration is also strong from book buyers in California, Washington, and Texas. “We’re getting a lot of fresh faces,” McDonald says, noting that BEA is seeing a 40% increase in new registrations for its book buyers VIP program.
Be sure to visit Wordsworth Classics while at BEA!
Will be open in the Remainder and Bargain Book Section Wednesday - Friday!
The move to Chicago has had some downsides, though. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Rodale are sitting out, for instance. “We are disappointed they chose not to come,” McDonald says. And the short gap between the London Book Fair and BEA, and the fact the event is not in New York City, will likely result in a decline of international participants. Still, McDonald says, “the show floor will be very vibrant.” Read On!


BookCon Heads to the Windy City
Following two successful years in New York City, BookCon will move to Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center on Saturday, May 14, taking place for one day only. According to Brien McDonald, event director for both BEA and BookCon, even though last year’s BookCon, at the Javits Center, drew
approximately 18,000 attendees over a two-day period, the Chicago event is being modeled on the first-year launch of BookCon, which was a one-day affair that reached its 10,000-person limit. McDonald says that they are on target for attendance of 7,500–10,000.
Chicago has a bit of an advantage over that first BookCon in New York; since 2010, the Windy City has been home to ReedPop’s C2E2, the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo. But by having it last only one day, McDonald is using the 2014 New York launch as the template to expect a similar-size crowd. Read On!

ABA Sees Membership Grow for 7th Straight Year
Since 2010, independent bookstores have been coming back. And 2016 is no exception. With BookExpo America set to open in Chicago this week, American Booksellers Association CEO Oren Teicher reported to the AP a 63-store increase in membership from last year.
With the uptick, ABA now has 1,775 ABA members with 2,311 outlets. This year's jump in membership marks the seventh straight year that the ABA has swelled its ranks. Read On!

Ingram to Distribute NYU Press
Ingram Publisher Services has announced an agreement to provide full-service distribution to New York University Press. The agreement is the most recent step in an ongoing relationship between the two companies that, to date, have included Ingram's print-on-demand and digital asset services, NYU Press books will become available through Ingram beginning on July 2.  Read On!

A Best Summer Read List 2016
This summer's crop of new books offers something for everyone. PW staff picks include Noah Hawley's blockbuster thriller (Before the Fall), Russell Banks's dispatches from all over the globe (Voyager), a 900-page manga-style biography (The Osamu Tezuka Story), and much more. After surveying our staff picks, be sure to take a look at our category picks for even more books to stash in your suitcase or beach bag. Read On!

Recorded Books Acquires christianaudio
Independent audiobooks publisher Recorded Books acquired christianaudio, a publisher of Christian audiobooks. Terms of the deal, completed last week, were disclosed. Recorded Books’ chief content editor Troy Juliar said that the acquisition will increase his company’s strength in the Christian nonfiction space.
“Our core business is schools and libraries and Christian fiction and clean romance,” he said. “[Christianaudio] gives us an opportunity to add exposure in Christian nonfiction, and it complements our fiction strength.” Read On!

2016 Edgar Award Winners Revealed
The Mystery Writers of America have revealed the 2016 Edgar Award winners. According to the press release, the announcements were made at the organization’s 70th gala banquet in New York City.
This annual prize, named after beloved writer Edgar Allan Poe, was established in 1945 to honor the best authors within the mystery genre. Read on for the full list of winners.

Len Riggio: 'It's the Internet, Not Amazon'
"There are components of the printed book business that remain sentimental, endearing, and even practical. So I don't think that books will go away, but I think the digital business and all things digital will continue to grow at a much faster rate....
"It was not Amazon's delivery of books that changed things as much as it was the Internet itself. Because the things that people would have to find in books were now available online and free. In fact, even today, authors that I speak to do more of their research online than they do in libraries. So I think that technology component had more to do with the suppression of book store sales than Amazon did." Read On!

Earnings Gain for S&S, But Flat Sales
Simon & Schuster reported revenue of $145 million in the first quarter of 2016, even though its sales were flat for the period, matching those of 2015. Operating income rose to $13 million from $12 million in the 2015 first quarter, according to S&S parent company CBS. The 8% gain in earnings was due to lower production and selling costs. Read On!

Hachette Expands Warehouse
Hachette Book Group has opened a third warehouse building in the Lebanon Business Park, Lebanon, Ind., where it has steadily expanded its operations over the past 20 years and now has two million square feet of space in three adjacent buildings. Read On!

CSPA 2016 Winning Titles
Christian Small Publishers Association (CSPA) is pleased to announce the winning titles for the 2016 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award. Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award honors books produced by small publishers each year for outstanding contribution to Christian life.
Book lovers and retailers selling Christian products voted on the nominated titles in each of fourteen categories. “We are proud to continue to recognize outstanding Christian books by small publishers and independent authors,” states Sarah Bolme, Director of Christian Small Publishers Association, the sponsor of the award.

What I’m Excited About…
Welcome back to our column in the Bargain Book News (BBN). There is so much coming up that I am excited about. It is the face-to-face time with southern booksellers that gets me so excited. My passion right now is focused on Regional Reads – region-wide handselling challenges.
What am I excited about?

  • SIBA hosts her first One Book, One South, Jr. with Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale at the close of Children’s Book Week on May 6th on Facebook. Show your support here.

  • I’m looking forward to being in Chicago at BookExpo America. SIBA is hosting a Happy Hour for southern booksellers on Tuesday evening pre the PRH Kick-Off Party, and we will all be together again after Stacy Mitchell’s talk on New Localism on Wednesday morning.

  • The SIBA Team heads to Savannah to meet with the hotel and begin laying out #SIBA16. This is always an exciting time. We will be laying out the show, meeting with local folks in Savannah, building excitement for #READ: Savannah, our consumer component, as well as our industry Discovery Show.

  • I’ll be visiting SIBA store Page 158 when Martin Lindstrom, author of Small Data, comes to fulfill Page 158’s prize of an on-site evaluation with Mr. Lindstrom. I’m eager to see him in action and hopeful it will inform SIBA’s Peer Reviews.

  • Then we’re off to the ABC Children’s Institute in Orlando, Florida, and what caught my eye there was besides Kate DiCamillo’s Keynote is the Roundtable – Coordinating a Regional Handselling Challenge on Wednesday afternoon. I’m so hoping all of the southern booksellers will be there.

  • And then SIBA will have a huge booth at the American Library Association Annual Conference and Exhibition. We’ll be joined by Phonesmith & Founder of Call Me Ishmael phone, and successful CrowdFunder Logan Smalley, and Working Title Farmer and TRIO Founder Shari Smith, SIBA Board Member Erica Merrell, and Page 158 Bookseller Sue Lucey plus any SIBA member who’d like to extend their Institute stay by two nights in exchange for one free night at #SIBA16. We’ll be promoting our bookstores, our programs, including the Trio Exhibit, the Call Me Ishmael phone, and the hundreds of other ways libraries and bookstores can work together.

  • I’d like to talk about Regional Handselling Challenges. Basically, all of the programs SIBA puts together for her stores, from Lady Banks Pick of the Week, to the Book Prize, the Okra Picks to Trio, and the Holiday Catalog are all Regional Calls to Handsell. This is a large collection of books mostly selected by booksellers that SIBA hopes her stores will accept as handselling challenges. When any of these titles show up on our Indie Bestseller list, it tells everyone, we accepted the challenge, and met it. Let’s do more of that, and please tell me how to help.

And finally, here's where my heart is for the month of May so don't be surprised if you hear about this from me in Chicago.
Regional Bookstore Challenge
East, west, north, south or mid-America; which region has more heart? Binc board members Deb Leonard (Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association) and Wanda Jewell (Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance) have put out a challenge to all independent bookstores to find out!
During the month of May bookstores can begin or increase a sustaining donation to earn points. The winning region will win a special party from Binc during their fall trade show. Here are the rules
The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) and the Great American Bargain Book Show (GABBS) have partnered up in many ways that have proved beneficial but we mostly want our efforts to benefit booksellers and with that goal in mind, BBN has agreed to give us a little space in their popular, far-reaching newsletter. So, a few housekeeping details: We are hoping to benefit all booksellers but a few columns may be SIBA-specific and we’ll let you know up front when that’s the case. We’d also like to invite booksellers to offer up guest posts so if you have an idea or concept that you’d like to share, simply email


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