BTW - Week of June 10, 2020

10 Jun

Watch ABA’s Annual Meeting and Town Hall

In addition to a video available to ABA bookstore members, a full report of the discussions held at the meeting will be published in Bookselling This Week on Wednesday, June 17. 

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10 Jun
ABA Coffee Break

ABA Coffee Breaks Continue Every Tuesday

This regular live forum offers booksellers the opportunity to talk with one another about any bookselling-related topics.

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10 Jun

Children’s Institute Registration Underway

The July 15–16 virtual event will feature sessions on representation in young adult and middle grade sci-fi and fantasy titles; an antiracism training with Cultures Connecting; a talk on store voice, online sales, and profitability; rep picks presentations; and more.

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10 Jun
Three top-selling antiracism titles:White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, How to Be an Antiracist, and So You Want to Talk About Race

Top 50 Titles Selling on IndieCommerce Sites: Antiracism Leads the Chart

As publishers return to print for out-of-stock titles, booksellers have the advantage of hand-selling (whether in-person, by phone, or by email) alternative titles to customers in search of works that have sold out.

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10 Jun

Publishers Share Book Lists for Talking About Race, Diversity, and Antiracism

In response to the renewed Black Lives Matter movement and the surge in sales of antiracism books, publishers have created a number of book lists on Edelweiss that feature the topics of diversity, race, antiracism, and more.

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10 Jun

E-commerce Update: After Hitting Peak Demand, Website Traffic Tapers Off

Readers flooded bookstore websites in search of antiracism titles last week. Over the weekend, traffic began to slow to normal rates for this time of year.

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10 Jun

Indie Bookstores Support Pride, Black Lives Matter

From curated reading lists by LGBTQ+ and Black authors to live conversations surrounding activism, booksellers are promoting Pride in the context of the Black Lives Matter movement. 

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10 Jun

Bookstores and Readers Continue to Promote Antiracism Titles for #ReadIndieForward

Promotional posts for the campaign are rolling in, with bookstores and readers contiuing to post about books related to the current antiracism movement and in support of Black authors.

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10 Jun
Find Waldo Local

Find Waldo Local Digital Begins July 1

The digital campaign will run the entire summer, from July 1 to August 31, 2020. No registration is required, there are no order minimums, and all ABA member stores are invited to join in.

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10 Jun

Hummingbird Digital Media Acquired by 360 Media Direct

ABA partnered with Hummingbird in 2018 for e-book sales. The free, turnkey e-book and audiobook retailing platform allows bookstores to have their own branded and customizable storefront.

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10 Jun

Booksellers, Publishers Invited to Submit Cover Ideas 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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10 Jun
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June 15 Deadline to 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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10 Jun
First Aid Kit

ABA Partners With LIG Solutions to Provide Members Health Insurance Options

The Book Industry Health Insurance Partnership, a coalition of nine organizations (including ABA), is partnering with Lighthouse Insurance Group Solutions to provide members with a choice of health insurance options.

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10 Jun

FAQs About ABA’s Health Insurance Partnership With LIG Solutions

To help members understand this new partnership and what it means for their stores, ABA has created this frequently asked questions document. 

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10 Jun

Health Insurance Options for Small Businesses

To see if any of these options is right for your business, consider talking to a licensed tax professional, benefits specialist, or health insurance agent or broker.

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10 Jun

ABFE Signs Statement Supporting Free Press in a Time of Crisis

“It is important to recognize the courage of the journalists who are under attack as they cover the national protest against police violence and racial inequality,” the letter states.

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10 Jun

ABA Joins Amicus Brief in Gibson Bros v. Oberlin

The brief addresses concern that the verdict in this case could set a precedent under which those who disseminate others’ speech risk defamation liability.

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10 Jun
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IndieCommunication: Bulk Processing of Online Orders

The most recent email from the IndieCommerce team shares news about a new feature that will help stores receiving increased online orders.

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10 Jun
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Marketing Meetup Recap: Maximizing the Value of Website Visitors

This meetup discussed 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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10 Jun

Sign Up for Upcoming Technology, Marketing Meetups

On June 11, hear from Angela Trigg of Haunted Bookshop, who has created a chatbot through which customers can place orders on the store’s website. On June 25, learn more about marketing your store to a school.

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10 Jun

Lee & Low to Host Webinar on Planning a Successful Virtual Author Visit

The webinar aims to take attendees step-by-step through the process of planning and executing a successful author visit, virtually or in person.

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10 Jun
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Monthly Indie Next List Goes Back to Print

The monthly printed fliers, which were temporarily migrated to digital-only format, will once again be printed and included in monthly box mailings to bookstores.

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09 Jun

Send Your Customers ABA’s Summer Reading Group Guide E-newsletter

Booksellers can sign up to send a series of e-newsletters to customers, with each email featuring a selection of titles by genre. The next crop: coming of age, family ties, and young adult titles.

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10 Jun

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

The June 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 670,956 customers at 171 ABA member stores.

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10 Jun

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Christina Clancy

As the three siblings in The Second Home “struggle to untangle years of hurt, secrets, and betrayal, you ache for them to save their home and themselves,” said Maxwell Gregory of Lake Forest Book Store.

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10 Jun

The Latest Audiobook News From Libro.fm

Libro.fm is offering Stamped From the Beginning for $4.99 for the month of June, promoting a discussion of the title All Boys Aren’t Blue by journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson, and more.

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