BTW Articles

23 Jul
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

A Q&A With Colson Whitehead, Author of August’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

The Nickel Boys is “a mystery and a thriller, a treatise on race and social injustice, and a literary masterpiece all rolled into one,” said Michelle Malonzo of Changing Hands.

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17 Jul

April–June 2019: ABA Members Opened/Sold

The second quarter of 2019 saw 30 ABA member store openings and five sales of existing businesses to new owners. Among the openings are a romance bookstore, a bookmobile, and new branches of established bookstores.

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16 Jul

A Summer Update From Libro.fm

Libro.fm is running a variety of listener promotions this summer, including the company’s #AudiobookSwitch campaign and its Summer Listening Challenge.

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16 Jul

Ci7 Education: Advanced Bookselling — Author Event Grids

In this session, attendees heard tips for the perfect pitch, how to create a great general event profile, how to request access to author grids, and more.

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24 May

Tweet to Author Garners Carmichael’s 1,000 Online Orders in a Day

After a bookseller at Carmichael’s Bookstore reached out him, author Shea Serrano pointed his sizeable Twitter following to the store’s website, resulting in 1,000 online orders in one day.

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10 Jul

#BookstoresAgainstBorders Raises Over $80,000 for Migrants at U.S.-Mexico Border

Gretchen Treu, co-owner of A Room of One’s Own Bookstore, reached out to independent bookstores across the nation last month asking them to donate a percentage of their July 5–7 sales to RAICES.

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10 Jul

Ci7 Education: Well-Read Black Girl Workshop With Glory Edim

At Children’s Institute, booksellers gathered to hear from Well-Read Black Girl founder Glory Edim and discuss ideas for fostering diversity and representation in stores and communities.

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10 Jul

Ci7 Education: Buying & Selling — Subscription Boxes

At this session on subscription boxes, booksellers learned about best practices for marketing, inventory control, options for special services, how to select categories, fulfillment management, and order tracking.

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13 May
2019 Summer Kids INL teaser

The Summer 2019 Kids’ Indie Next List Preview

Here is a preview of the 50 titles on the Summer 2019 Kids’ Indie Next List flier, arriving at stores in the upcoming May Kids’ Box.

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20 Jun

Learn More About Google Analytics at ABA’s First Technology Meetup

The July 2 session is the first of a new series within ABA’s education curriculum, which also includes the association’s Marketing Meetups, and will look at more technology-related topics. 

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