BTW Articles

22 Oct

Get Customizable Marketing Materials for Small Business Saturday

Booksellers can visit American Express’ Shop Small Studio to access a variety of marketing materials to help business owners attract and engage with their customers for the November 30 event.

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16 Oct

Northern, Southern California Independent Booksellers Associations Offer Update on Plans to Unify

NCIBA President Michael Barnard and SCIBA President Maryelizabeth Yturralde detailed plans for bringing the associations together.

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16 Oct

Booksellers Celebrate Indie Exclusive Cover Reveal for “Felix Ever After”

Indie booksellers simultaneously unveiled the book jacket on social media on Tuesday, October 15, and encouraged customers to pre-order the title from author Kacen Callender at their local store.

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16 Oct

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in August

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 10.3 percent in August 2019 compared to August 2018, according to preliminary figures from the Bureau of the Census. As of October 10, the year-to-date sales among ABA member stores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, are down 0.26 percent over 2018. Compound annual growth among ABA member stores is 7.5 percent over the past five years. 

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16 Oct

ABACUS-18 Survey Results Delivered to Participating Bookstores

More than 300 bookstores participated in the ABACUS-18 survey. On October 16, those stores received an e-mail with information about how to access a report analyzing their 2018 financial results. 

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09 Oct

AUPresses Announces 2019 University Press Week Theme: “Read. Think. Act.”

The theme was selected based on the recognition that many citizens around the globe continue to engage in important debates that will influence vital decision-making in the months ahead.

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07 Oct

Book Industry Charitable Foundation, Lion Forge Partner to Launch the Forge Fund

In addition to an initial investment of $100,000, five percent of proceeds from select titles will go to the Forge Fund, which was created to support comic shops.

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09 Oct

Boost Your Quantities: Extra Stock Available of ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalogs

The catalog began shipping to stores on Monday, October 7. Booksellers can supplement their supplies with extra stock by placing an order via the 2019 online order form, while supplies last. 

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09 Oct

“Booksellers of America” Invites ABA Members to Send in Photos for Social Media Campaign

The sign-up form asks participants to supply a photo and to reflect on their career in the bookselling industry, identify what they love about their jobs, and share significant or funny memories from their time in the business.

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04 Oct

Signup Underway to Join Exclusive Cover Reveal for Kacen Callender’s “Felix Ever After”

Felix Ever After, about a transgender boy grappling with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the first time, will be published by Balzer + Bray in May 2020.

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