BTW - Week of April 29, 2020

29 Apr

#SaveIndieBookstores Fund Hits $956,414

Booksellers are asked to share the donation link now on social media, in their newsletters, or wherever they are reaching customers.

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29 Apr
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Stephen King and John Grisham to Help #SaveIndieBookstores

On April 29 at 7:00 p.m. ET, the authors will come together in a virtual conversation about their new books and encourage donations to Binc.

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29 Apr

Highlighting the Helpers: Isaac Fitzgerald Emcees #SIBYAAfterDark

“Once it ended, I had so many authors and readers reach out to ask how they could help and get involved. Having so many stellar YA authors involved definitely piqued folks’ interest,” said Fitzgerald. 

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29 Apr

E-commerce Update: Conversion Rate Sees Slight Dip

When comparing the two periods, last week had an average conversion rate of 7.79 percent vs. the previous week at 8.16 percent. 

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29 Apr

IndieCommerce Team to Hire Additional Customer Support Specialists

The specialists will assist the team with the growth in stores using the IndieCommerce platform as well as the large increase in customers shopping online.

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29 Apr
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Join Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi for a Virtual Book Club in May

The book club will meet each Wednesday in May to discuss Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped From the Beginning.

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29 Apr
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ABA Launches “Give Me Summer, Give Me Books!”

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.

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29 Apr
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Last Call to Vote in ABA Board Election

Ballots are due on April 30. Election results will be announced in May in Bookselling This Week

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29 Apr

Talk to Great American About Business Interruption Insurance

Booksellers with questions about their policy and the current pandemic can contact Great American’s claims department to discuss potential business interruption coverage.

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29 Apr

Shop With W.G. Ellerkamp Co. for Shopping Bags, Gift Card Holders, and More

The company’s 2020–2021 catalog features a range of items that booksellers are using to package books for shipping, curbside pickup, and local delivery.

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29 Apr
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ABA Joins National Retail Federation in Calling for Pandemic Risk Insurance Program

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.” 

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29 Apr

Early Social Security Disbursement: An FAQ

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.

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28 Apr
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Marketing Meetup Recap: Hosting Virtual Events, Part II

The guest speakers discussed Sqweee, Crowdcast, Facebook Live, and Streamyard. 

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29 Apr
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April 30 Marketing Meetup on Virtual Events to Feature Publisher Panelists

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.

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29 Apr

SIBA to Host Webinar on the Future of Independent Bookstores

Booksellers from all regions are invited to attend the webinar, during which they will hear from the CEO and management team of Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park, California.

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29 Apr
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IndieCommunication: Online Order Fulfillment and Shipping

The most recent update from the IndieCommerce team addresses Ingram’s Consumer Direct Fulfillment as well as shipping options for customers.

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29 Apr
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The June 2020 Indie Next List Preview

Here are the 20 Indie Next Great Reads and 12 Now in Paperback titles featured on the June 2020 Indie Next List flier.

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28 Apr

The Latest Audiobook News From Libro.fm

Libro.fm recently joined the #VirtualBookstoreParty (in lieu of Independent Bookstore Day) and talked with Fast Company about the growth of audiobooks.

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