BTW - Week of June 3, 2020

03 Jun
Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter

ABA is renewing its commitment to diversity and antiracism.

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03 Jun

Join ABA for a Q&A With Left Bank Books on Bookselling During Race-Related Protests

During the June 4 forum, booksellers are encouraged to ask questions about topics related to the antiracism protests, from operational needs during riots to their store’s responsibility to its community. 

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03 Jun
Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

“Stamped” Virtual Book Club Discusses Antiracism With Young People, Educators

Dr. Kendi told Bookselling This Week that he and author Jason Reynolds decided to hold the book club because there was a need in communities and classrooms across the country. 

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03 Jun
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Booksellers and Authors to Present the Indies Introduce Adult Debut Titles

On June 4, Indies Introduce bookseller panelists and debut authors will take part in a special virtual event to present the adult titles chosen for the Summer/Fall 2020 program.

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03 Jun
Save the date: ABA Town Hall & Annual Meeting June 11

Submit Topics Now for the June 11 ABA Town Hall

Booksellers can submit Town Hall questions or comments ahead of time at townhall@bookweb.org. During the meeting, questions will be invited through the meeting’s Q&A interface.

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03 Jun
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Bookstores, Authors, and More Promote Antiracism Titles for #ReadIndieForward

Bookstores and readers are posting about books related to the current antiracism movement and in support of Black authors.

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03 Jun

E-commerce Update: Website Traffic Soars 118 Percent

This increase is the result of customers shopping for antiracism titles across the IndieCommerce system. 

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03 Jun

Simon & Schuster Announces IndieAid 2020 Program to Assist Independent Booksellers

These new promotional terms are designed to help independent booksellers recover from financial hardships caused by the sudden and catastrophic loss of business due to COVID-19.

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01 Jun

Jonathan Karp Named President and CEO of Simon & Schuster

Karp will oversee all of Simon & Schuster’s domestic and international publishing operations. 

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01 Jun

Booksellers Invited to Submit Titles for Best Books for Young Readers Catalog

The catalog will feature frontlist titles published in the year 2020, but will not include holiday books so that the catalog may be used year-round.

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03 Jun
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Trump Signs Executive Order Targeting Social Media Companies

The executive order came two days after Twitter placed fact-checks on two of Trump’s tweets about mail-in ballots.

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03 Jun

ABA Joins Organizations in Calling for Jeff Bezos to Testify in Front of House Judiciary Committee

The group’s letter comes as Amazon recently said the company would not send Bezos, but rather “the appropriate executive,” to testify in front of the committee. 

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03 Jun

House Withdraws FISA Bill, Sends to Conference Committee

The move to conference committee came after House Democrats withdrew the bill due to opposition in the House and the threat of a veto from President Trump. Opponents argued the bill did not make significant reforms to warrantless surveillance.

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01 Jun
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IndieCommunication: News, Updates, and More

The most recent email from the IndieCommerce team shares updates about consumer direct fulfillment orders and processing online orders faster, plus a browser change recommendation.

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03 Jun
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ABA’s Next Technology Meetup to Explore Using Chatbots for Online Orders

Bookseller Angela Trigg of Haunted Bookshop in Mobile, Alabama, has created a chatbot through which customers can place orders on the store’s website. 

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02 Jun
July Indie Next List #1 Pick

The July 2020 Indie Next List Preview

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

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03 Jun
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Lucy Knisley on Summer Kids’ Indie Next List Pick “Stepping Stones”

“I adore Lucy Knisley, and I’m so excited that she’s sharing her pitch-perfect voice with middle readers in this story inspired by her childhood! Fans of Raina Telgemeier, rejoice!” said Mary Wahlmeier of Raven Book Store.

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03 Jun
Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Jordan Ifueko

Jackie Jou, formerly of Mysterious Galaxy, called Raybearer “gorgeously written and filled with legends, mystical powers, blood oaths, and curses.”

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03 Jun
The Silence of Bones by June Hur

An Indies Introduce Q&A With June Hur

“I was struck by the depth of this gripping story,” said Tegan Tigani of Queen Anne Book Company about June Hur’s The Silence of Bones. “Let’s hope this is the start of a series.”

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03 Jun

Libro.fm’s Current Bestselling Titles

Libro.fm’s current bestseller list includes titles like How to Be an AntiracistWhite FragilityMe and White SupremacyStamped, and more. 

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