This summer, instead of a reading challenge, the ABC Children’s Group is inviting bookstores to share a reading journal that gives young customers the chance to slow down and explore their love of reading.
The act would “mandate that businesses who could demonstrate significant business interruption and sharp decline in present and future revenue would be insured, through a pre-funded risk pool, in the case of a pandemic or epidemic.”
ABA has heard from members who are struggling financially, including those who are near retirement age (between the ages of 62 and 70) and considering how early Social Security retirement benefits might play a role in easing current financial uncertainty.
Publisher panelists will share what online platforms they are using and the types of events being held, tips and best practices, whether to ticket or offer free events, and how they work with bookstores and the platforms they are using.
The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.
Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.