BTW - Week of May 13, 2020

12 May

Save the Date: ABA Virtual Annual Meeting and Town Hall Set for June 11

The Annual Meeting will take place at 2:00 p.m. ET with the Town Hall immediately following at 3:00 p.m. ET. ABA will provide details about the digital platform in the coming weeks.

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13 May
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Privacy and Free Speech During COVID-19

Government attempts to mitigate the effects of the pandemic and public fears stemming from COVID-19 have the potential to impact privacy rights. 

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13 May
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Indie Booksellers Name the 20 Indies Introduce Debut Titles for Summer/Fall 2020

Booksellers can sign up now to take advantage of special publisher offers on the 10 adult and 10 kids’ titles chosen by booksellers as the top debuts of the upcoming publishing season.

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13 May
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Step by Step: New Ways to Report Sales to New York Times, Indie Bestseller Lists

These instructions are ideal for booksellers who have never reported to one or both of the lists; for booksellers who have never reported specifically their online sales to one or both lists; or for booksellers looking for a more streamlined process than what they are currently using.

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13 May

Sign Up to Send the Indie Next List E-Newsletter to Your Customers

The May Indie Next List e-newsletter, featuring the month’s 20 titles with bookseller quotes in addition to a Q&A with the #1 pick, was sent to more than 635,000 customers at 159 ABA member stores.

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12 May
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Simon & Schuster President and CEO Carolyn Reidy Dies

On Tuesday, May 12, Simon & Schuster President and CEO Carolyn Reidy died after experiencing a heart attack. She was 71.

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13 May

Highlighting the Helpers: Ingram Ramps Up Inventory for Booksellers

To help booksellers keep their businesses running smoothly during the COVID-19 crisis, Ingram has worked to provide an expanded inventory and Direct to Home fulfillment service. 

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12 May

2020 ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalog to Go Digital

Amidst the COVID-19 health crisis, the ABC Children’s Group has opted to produce this year’s catalog as a digital version, which will be available for stores to download in October. 

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13 May

E-commerce Update: Traffic to Bookstore Websites Dips

During the seven-day comparison period, IndieCommerce and IndieLite sites saw a 6.2 percent decrease in the number of visitors.

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12 May

Two More Fundraisers Launch to Benefit Binc

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation will receive funds from an online auction with An Unlikely Story bookstore as well as a trivia game hosted by the Book Industry Study Group.

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12 May

“For Dummies” Books Available to Booksellers on Request

To help out during the COVID-19 crisis, Wiley is offering to send copies of Microsoft Teams for Dummies and Zoom for Dummies to independent booksellers free of charge upon request.

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12 May
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“Stamped” Virtual Book Club Sells Out

The popular book club is meeting 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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12 May

ReedPop Announces Plans for Virtual BookExpo and BookCon

BookExpo Online 2020 will also present an additional day of bookseller programming in late July that will include education sessions, speed dating, UnBound content, and publisher showcases. 

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13 May

Publishers Lunch to Hold Virtual Buzz Books Editors Panel

Publishers Lunch will donate $10 for every registered participant to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation as a benefit for booksellers.

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13 May
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Is Your Website ADA Compliant?

As bookstores around the country shift their focus to online sales due to the coronavirus outbreak, web accessibility, or ADA compliance, has become increasingly important. 

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13 May

Marketing Meetup Recap: Retaining New Customers

Guest speaker Jordan Brannon of Coalition Technologies shared best practices for communication and other ways booksellers can retain new customers. 

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12 May

Join a Technology Meetup on Tools for New Ways of Business

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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13 May
Summer 2020 Kids' Indie Next List Great Reads

The Summer 2020 Kids’ Indie Next List Preview

Here is a preview of the 50 titles on the Summer 2020 Kids’ Indie Next List flier, arriving at stores in the upcoming Kids’ Box mailing.

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12 May

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Ernesto Cisneros

Efrén Divided is “a well-written account of something very topical and I hope that kids get to read it,” said Jackie Jou of Mysterious Galaxy.

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13 May
The sneeze guard at Main Street Books.

Booksellers Around the Country Show Off Their New Normal

Many bookstores are still in various states of closure to the general public, offering instead home delivery and curbside pickup, and others have reopened with social distancing measures in place.

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