BTW Articles

21 Aug

Winter Institute Registration to Open September 18

The countdown to Winter Institute registration is underway, and booksellers and publishers planning to attend should mark their calendars with these important dates.

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21 Aug

Banned Books Week Kits Arrive in Bookstores

Indie booksellers that ordered a Banned Books Week promotion kit from the American Booksellers Association should keep an eye out for it in their August Box mailing.

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15 Aug

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in June

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 5 percent in June 2019 compared to June 2018, according to preliminary figures from the Bureau of the Census. As of August 14, the year-to-date sales among ABA member stores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, are down 0.49 percent over 2018. Compound annual growth among ABA member stores is 7.5 percent over the past five years. 

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13 Aug

Let ABA Know Your Childcare Needs for Winter Institute 2020

Anyone who is planning to attend Winter Institute and will be needing childcare is asked to fill out a survey by no later than October 1.

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14 Aug

Booksellers Invited to Join Exclusive Cover Reveal for Eoin Colfer’s “Highfire”

On Wednesday, August 21, booksellers who have signed up will get the final cover and pre-order graphics to share.

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14 Aug

Meet With the IndieCommerce Team at the Fall Regional Trade Shows

At this fall’s regional trade shows, booksellers can sign up for one-on-one meetings with IndieCommerce staff to discuss the IndieCommerce and IndieLite e-commerce platforms.

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14 Aug

N.K. Jemisin Named 2019 Indies First Spokesperson

The author of the Broken Earth series and How Long ’til Black Future Month? will be promoting this year’s celebration of Indies First, which takes place on Small Business Saturday, November 30.

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14 Aug

Ordering Underway for the ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalog

The full-color, 16-page consumer circular, which is slated to be in stores in September, features nearly 200 frontlist and backlist titles for children and teens, all suggested by ABA member booksellers.

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13 Aug

Join ABA’s August 22 Marketing Meetup to Learn About Holiday Marketing

One in five U.S. consumers will likely be making their first holiday purchases in October — or earlier — so booksellers should get their holiday marketing plans underway as soon as possible.

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14 Aug

Booksellers to Nominate Five Backlist Titles by Indie Publishers for Winter Reading Group Flier

ABA member booksellers can vote for their five favorite backlist titles from a list of 19 books nominated by members of the Independent Publishers Caucus.

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