BTW Articles

10 Feb
Visit our Expo booths for a chance to win $100

Visit With Publishers and Partners in the Winter Institute Expo

Visit as many Expo booths as possible on all three days of Wi16 to win one of 15 $100 AmEx gift cards. 

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08 Feb
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Petition Process Underway for 2021 Board Election

ABA has announced five director candidates to stand for election to the ABA Board, as well as the board’s selection for president and vice president. Booksellers can petition to be added to the ballot.

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09 Feb

Start Making Plans for Independent Bookstore Day

Booksellers planning to participate in Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 24, can check out a number of ideas for virtual and in-person celebrations to get the inspiration flowing.

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08 Feb

Coffee Breaks Continue This Month

Five more Coffee Breaks are on the schedule for the month of February. Join for an opportunity to talk with booksellers from across the country.

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02 Feb

ABA Launches Interactive Calendar to Display Upcoming Events

Booksellers can visit the ABA Events Calendar to see the wide range of ABA events on tap for the coming months, including Coffee Breaks, Marketing and Technology Meetups, institutes, virtual education, and more. 

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27 Jan
President Barack Obama; Photo by Pari Dukovic

President Barack Obama to Appear at Winter Institute

President Barack Obama, an avid supporter of independent bookstores and bestselling author of the recent memoir A Promised Land (Crown), will open the 2021 Winter Institute with a personal video message to independent booksellers.

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27 Jan
Winter Institute Logo: Virtual World, Real Booksellers, February 18-20, 2021

Sign Up for Virtual Winter Institute to See Notable Keynote Speakers and Chat With 120+ Authors

Booksellers have until Friday to register for Winter Institute, which will feature bestselling authors Lauren Groff, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Colson Whitehead, as well as futurist and author David Johnson.

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20 Jan

Sign Up Now to Participate in Independent Bookstore Day

Booksellers have until February 5 to sign up to participate in Independent Bookstore Day (April 24) and/or place orders for special literary-themed merchandise to sell during the event. 

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20 Jan
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Deadline Extended for Financial Survey: Respond Now

Booksellers are encouraged to fill out the survey by Monday, January 25, to help ABA better understand what members need and how we can help. The survey takes just five minutes.

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05 Jan
IndieCommerce logo on computer screen

IndieCommerce Team to Launch Monthly Webinar Series

On the third Wednesday of each month, booksellers will have the opportunity to join a webinar to look at a particular feature of IndieCommerce or IndieLite sites. 

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