BTW Articles

24 Jul

Sign Up to Join ABA’s July 25 Marketing Meetup

In the first of two meetups on how to organize and market multi-store events, bookseller speakers will focus on Independent Bookstore Day and how regional businesses put together bookstore crawls and passports. 

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23 Jul

Face Out: ABA President Jamie Fiocco on Her Life Among Books

Flyleaf Books owner Jamie Fiocco, who was elected president of the ABA Board this past May, talks about her earliest experiences with books and reading, her goals as a board president, and more.

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24 Jul

Get Schooled: Watch Ci7 Education Session Videos Now on BookWeb

Topics include author event grids, conducting a diversity audit, the art of reading aloud, and more.

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28 Jun

Indie Booksellers Bring Enthusiasm, Excitement to Seventh Annual Children’s Institute

The city of Pittsburgh welcomed 330 children’s booksellers from 230 indie bookstores, 70 authors, and numerous publishers and bookselling friends this week for the 2019 ABC Children’s Institute.

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17 Jul

Help ABA Plan for the 2020 Children’s Institute

Booksellers who attended the 2019 Children’s Institute are encouraged to fill out the post-event survey and sign into the Children’s Institute app to complete session evaluations.

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16 Jul

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in May

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 0.7 percent in May 2019 compared to May 2018, according to preliminary figures from the Bureau of the Census. As of July 10, the year-to-date sales among ABA member stores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, are down 0.5 percent over 2018. Compound annual growth among ABA member stores is 7.5 percent over the past five years. 

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17 Jul

Indie Booksellers Celebrate Shopping Local Instead of Amazon’s Prime Day

On July 15 and 16, indie booksellers across the country came up with creative social media posts and in-store promotions to remind shoppers of the importance of local businesses.

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17 Jul

Sign Up to Join ABA’s Marketing, Technology Meetups

These live online discussions feature expert booksellers sharing tips, tricks, advice, and insight with attendees.

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17 Jul

American Booksellers Association to Take Over Management of Independent Bookstore Day

At the fall regional trade shows, ABA will host an educational program that will offer an overview of the event and tips from booksellers who have successfully made the best of the national celebration.

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16 Jul

Face Out: ABA Board Member Jenny Cohen on Her Life Among Books

Waucoma Bookstore co-owner Jenny Cohen, who joined the ABA Board this past May, talks about her earliest experiences with books and reading, her goals as a new Board member, and more.

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