BTW - Week of May 20, 2020

20 May

Virtual Children’s Institute Scheduled for July 15–16

The event is open to all ABA member booksellers. Watch upcoming issues of Bookselling This Week for details about programming and links to participate.

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20 May
Save the date: ABA Town Hall & Annual Meeting June 11

Virtual ABA Annual Meeting and Town Hall to be Held 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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20 May
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Sign Up to Take Advantage of Special Offers on 20 Indies Introduce Debut Titles

The Summer/Fall 2020 Indies Introduce program features titles for adults, young adults, and middle grade readers, all publishing between June and October 2020.

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20 May
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ABA Summer Reading Program Invites Kids to Fill Out Reading Journal

This summer, the ABC Children’s Group is encouraging 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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20 May

Nominations Underway 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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20 May

Sign Up for Book Group Speed Dating

On Friday, May 29, ReadingGroupGuides.com will host a virtual version of its annual Book Group Speed Dating Event, which typically takes place during BookExpo.

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20 May

Magnolia Pictures Invites Booksellers to Bring the Cinema to Their Stores

Bookstore customers can watch literary-themed documentaries online, with a portion of proceeds going back to the hosting bookstore.

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20 May
Coronavirus Resources for Booksellers

Hachette, Macmillan Launch Reopening Programs for Indie Bookstores

As independent bookstores look to reopen following COVID-19 shutdowns, Hachette and Macmillan have developed reopening programs for American Booksellers Association member stores.

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20 May
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Bookstore Romance Day Announces 2020 Ambassador

Bestselling author Meg Cabot will be the Bookstore Romance Day Ambassador for 2020.

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20 May

#ReadIndieForward Campaign Underway

The #ReadIndieForward campaign encourages book lovers to help booksellers thrive during the pandemic.

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20 May

E-commerce Update: Traffic to Bookstore Websites Levels Off

During the seven-day comparison period, IndieCommerce and IndieLite sites saw the number of visitors level off after a recent drop.

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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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20 May

Additional Loan and Grant Options Available for Small Businesses

Here is an overview of additional loan and grant opportunities beyond the Economic Injury Disaster Loans/Grants and the Paycheck Protection Program loans.

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20 May
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How to Avoid Copyright Infringement on Your Website

As bookstores around the country shift their focus to online sales due to the coronavirus outbreak, avoiding copyright infringement is becoming an increasing concern.

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20 May

Technology Meetup Recap: New Ways of Doing Business

Guest speakers covered shipping services, map routing services, scheduling services, and QR codes. 

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19 May

June 4 Marketing Meetup to Look at Customer Retention

Jordan Brannon and Cass Cross of Coalition Technologies will return to discuss how to maximize the value of each new visitor to your site through social media marketing, retargeting, paid advertising, and more. 

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20 May
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Monthly Indie Next List Moves to Digital Format

The monthly printed fliers will now only be available as downloadable digital files. No changes are being made to the quarterly Kids’ Indie Next List.

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19 May

ABA Offering Digital Reading Group Guide E-newsletter for Summer

Booksellers can sign up to send a series of four e-newsletters to customers, with each email featuring a selection of titles by genre, from dazzling debuts to historical fiction, from YA to nonfiction, and more.

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20 May

A Q&A With Megha Majumdar, Author of June’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

“A searing debut, this novel is timely and timeless. It packs a punch way above its weight. Brilliant,” said Lisa Johnson of Penguin Bookshop.

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19 May

An Indies Introduce Q&A With C Pam Zhang

How Much of These Hills Is Gold is “an unflinching portrait of burgeoning adulthood, solitude, and the search for home,” said Jake Cumsky-Whitlock of Solid State Books.

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20 May

The Latest Audiobook News From Libro.fm

Libro.fm has launched a quarantine quiz, interviewed author Maisy Card, and put together a list of things to do while listening to an audiobook.

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