BTW - Week of April 22, 2020

22 Apr

#SaveIndieBookstores Fund Reaches $758,302

Rick and Becky Riordan have announced a personal matching gift challenge in which they will match each dollar raised up to $100,000 beginning today.

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22 Apr
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Generous Donors Support #SaveIndieBookstores at All Levels

More than 350 people have donated to the #SaveIndieBookstores campaign since its launch on April 2. Eight days remain to contribute to the campaign.

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22 Apr

Follow the #SaveIndieBookstores Tweet-a-Thon Tonight

At 8:00 p.m. ET, young adult authors will gather on Twitter for an Ask Me Anything (AMA) to benefit the #SaveIndieBookstores campaign.

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22 Apr

Author Shannon Hale to Host “Austenland” Reunion to Benefit #SaveIndieBookstores

Appearing on the April 28 livestream with Hale will be director Jerusha Hess and producer Stephenie Meyer as well as a number of cast members.

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22 Apr

Backlist Picks to Hand-Sell to Benefit #SaveIndieBookstores

As part of the Bookscan Challenge, participating publishers have each identified one backlist title — an enduring hand-sell with a proven track record — for which they will donate 100 percent of the profit to the campaign.

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22 Apr
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Booksellers Invited to Share Their Story to Boost #SaveIndieBookstores Donations

Booksellers can send a high-resolution photo and an edited story or video. Some submissions will be selected to be featured in the campaign to encourage contributions.

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22 Apr

E-commerce Update: New Customers Heading to Store Websites

While the IndieCommerce team expected a 20 percent increase in daily traffic/users over this time last year, they are actually seeing a 99.79 percent average increase compared to 2019.

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22 Apr

Publishers Weekly Launches #BooksAreEssential Campaign

More than two dozen publishing executives participated in the kick-off of the campaign — each with a selfie taken with a book held up as a surgical mask. 

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21 Apr

Nosy Crow Publishes Free E-book “Coronavirus: A Book for Children”

The informational guide defines coronavirus, explains why everyday routines have been disrupted, and lays out how everyone can do their part to help.

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17 Jun
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Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Information

ABA has continued to update this article with new information about the Paycheck Protection Program. For specific questions about PPP loan forgiveness, booksellers should reach out to their lender, accountant, and/or local SBA office or SBA-resource partner. 

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21 Apr

Government Relief Webinar Now Available on BookWeb

“Government Relief and Wage Requirements: What You Need to Know” is now available on the Education Resources page on BookWeb.org.

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21 Apr

ABFE Responds to Raleigh Police Tweet That Protest Is Non-Essential Activity

More than 30 groups condemned an April 14 tweet posted by the Raleigh, North Carolina, police department that declared: “Protesting is a non-essential activity.”

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21 Apr

2020 Banned Books Week Theme Announced

Banned Books Week, which promotes the right to read, will be held September 27–October 3 and feature the theme “Censorship Is a Dead End.”

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21 Apr
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#VirtualBookstoreParty Kicks Off

Through April 25, the original date for the celebration of Independent Bookstore Day, booksellers are holding contests, creating book lists, and promoting the indie message.

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22 Apr
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How to Cancel Your BookExpo Hotel

Following last week’s announcement that BookExpo and BookCon will not take place this year, ABA is encouraging booksellers to review their hotel reservations and make cancellations as necessary.

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22 Apr
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Publishers Share Expectations for Booksellers Planning Virtual Author Events

Here, ABA offers publisher feedback on a range of questions, from what authors think about participating in virtual events to how booksellers can encourage sales during them.

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22 Apr

How Independent Bookstores Are Driving Online Sales

According to the IndieCommerce team, browsers on indie bookstore websites are more likely to purchase a book online than ever before. 

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22 Apr
Charm City Books Care Packages

Indie Bookstores Give Back to Each Other, Their Communities

Booksellers are offering their expertise online, donating to the #SaveIndieBookstores campaign, creating care packages, and sending thank you notes to local healthcare workers. 

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20 Apr
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Join ABA’s April 23 Marketing Meetup to Learn About Virtual Events Planning

With readers staying home and bookstores in various states of closure due to COVID-19, staying connected with customers and the local community is vitally important.

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22 Apr
Satisfactory Screenprinting & Design, Made in Athens, Georgia, since 2004

ABA Announces New Affinity Partnership With Satisfactory Printing

The screen printing and design shop is based in Athens, Georgia, and is locally owned and operated.

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