BTW - Week of June 17, 2020

17 Jun

A Report on the 2020 ABA Annual Meeting

On Thursday, June 11, the American Booksellers Association convened online for its Annual Membership Meeting.

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17 Jun
Annual Meeting and Town Hall

Booksellers Comment on Diversity, Finances, Healthcare, and More at Town Hall

On Thursday, June 11, the American Booksellers Association hosted a virtual version of its Town Hall, where booksellers were invited to share their thoughts about the association and the book industry at large.

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15 Jun

Visit BookWeb.org for All Your Bookselling Needs

All booksellers can request a username and password to access members-only content, from educational materials to the Bookseller-to-Bookseller Forums and more.

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17 Jun
ABA Coffee Break

First Evening Coffee Break to be Held June 25

This regular live forum, now with a monthly evening session, offers booksellers the opportunity to talk with one another about any bookselling-related topics.

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16 Jun
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Don’t Miss the Virtual Children’s Institute: Register Now

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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17 Jun

Sign Up for Virtual IndieCommerce One-on-One Meetings at Children’s Institute

Booksellers are encouraged to sign up for virtual one-on-ones with members of ABA’s IndieCommerce team, open to current IndieCommerce and IndieLite members as well as to non-members.

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16 Jun

Vote Now on Proposed Association Bylaws Changes

The American Booksellers Association’s Board of Directors has proposed changes to two sections of Article IV of the association’s Bylaws; votes are due by 11:59 p.m. PT on Thursday, June 18.

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16 Jun
"Summer reading journal" banner over a woodland camp scene

ABA Offers Ready-to-Go Materials for Summer Reading Programs

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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17 Jun
Juneteenth

Indie Booksellers Mark Juneteenth

Bookstores across the country are sharing social media posts and hosting virtual events to celebrate the Juneteenth holiday on Friday, June 19.

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17 Jun

E-commerce Update: Sales Slide After Rush for Antiracism Titles

Much of the traffic increase from two weeks ago was driven by first-time customers who were referred from Google searches to bookstores that were selling antiracism titles. 

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16 Jun

New Indie Shindig Initiative for Independent Bookstores to Benefit Binc

Indie Shindig will consist of 14 separate hour-long themed weekly events to introduce booksellers to new and upcoming titles.

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16 Jun

2020 PW Bookstore of the Year Honored

Porter Square Books in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was named Publishers Weekly’s 2020 Bookstore of the Year and recognized during the virtual ABA Annual Meeting and Town Hall on Thursday, June 11.

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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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17 Jun
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Cyber Threats: The Risks are Real — Protect Your Bookstore

Cyber threats can come in many forms, such as phishing, malware, extortion, viruses, etc. Cyber insurance coverages can come in many forms as well. 

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17 Jun

Technology Meetup Recap: Using Chatbots for Online Orders

In this session, booksellers heard about an online chatbot service and saw a demonstration of how it works from the customer side. 

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17 Jun

Learn About Marketing Your Store to Schools at the June 25 Marketing Meetup

After receiving requests to revisit the topic, this meetup will also focus on what needs to change as businesses are in various states of operation and events are taking place virtually instead of in-person.

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17 Jun
Mexican Gothic Book Cover

A Q&A With Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Author of July’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

“Creepy and romantic, Mexican Gothic is easily one of my favorite books of 2020,” said Tyrinne Lewis of Rakestraw Books in Danville, California.

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17 Jun

The Latest Audiobook News From Libro.fm

Libro.fm is celebrating Juneteenth, Black-owned bookstores, and Pride this month.

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