BTW - Week of May 6, 2020

06 May

#SaveIndieBookstores Campaign Ends at $1,239,595

“This message of support from book lovers and from every sector of the book industry clearly demonstrates how deeply people value independent bookstores and the roles they hold in their communities,” said Binc Executive Director Pam French.

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06 May

“Stamped” Book Club With Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi Begins Today

The book club will continue to 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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06 May

Nominations Open for Reader’s Digest’s “Nicest Places in America” Contest

For 2020, Readers Digest is inviting people to recognize those in their lives who have stood up against COVID-19 as part of Nicest Places in America 2020: United in Kindness.

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06 May

E-commerce Update: Traffic Continues to Bookstore Websites

Of particular note was traffic on Tuesday, May 5, with a 27 percent increase over the previous Tuesday, representing the single highest traffic day IndieCommerce has ever had.

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06 May

Bookstores, Authors, Musicians Band Together for “Bookstock” Fundraiser Concert

Driftless Books and Music has announced plans for a two-day virtual book and music festival called Bookstock 2020, which uses the tagline “Peace, Indie Bookstores, and Music.”

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06 May

ABA Announces 2020 Board of Directors Election Results

The results of balloting by the bookstore members of the American Booksellers Association to elect three directors to serve on the ABA Board are now official.

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06 May

House Judiciary Committee Calls on Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos to Testify

According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon used sensitive business information from individual third-party sellers on its platform to inform the development of Amazon’s own competing products. 

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06 May

Free Speech Groups Condemn Alaska School Board’s Book Ban

The National Coalition Against Censorship called the school board’s decision “educationally misguided, disrespectful of teachers’ educational competence, and legally questionable.”

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05 May

Marketing Meetup Recap: Virtual Events, Part III

Representatives from Penguin Random House, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Macmillan, and Hachette Book Group discussed virtual events. 

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06 May

Join ABA Meetups on Retaining New Customers, Tools for New Ways of Business

The May 7 Marketing Meetup will help booksellers come up with strategies for retaining new customers as online sales increase; the May 14 Technology Meetup will look at services and tools that are helping booksellers manage new ways of doing business.

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06 May

IndieCommunication: News, Updates, and More

The most recent update from the IndieCommerce team shares news about signed copies of Afterlife and updates about fraudulent orders.

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06 May

Libro.fm’s May Audiobook Bestseller List

The Monthly Audiobook Bestseller List is based on sales through hundreds of independent bookstore locations participating in the Libro.fm audiobook program.

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