BTW - Week of July 8, 2020

08 Jul

A Letter From ABA Board President Jamie Fiocco

“We are addressing our lack of diversity and representation on the board and have approved two bylaws changes to address this immediately,” writes Fiocco.

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08 Jul
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ABA Members Invited to Vote on Bylaws Changes, Board Election Ratification

All member booksellers of the American Booksellers Association are asked to visit BookWeb.org to vote on four items proposed by the ABA Board of Directors.

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08 Jul
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Watch Your Inbox: Children’s Institute Event Link to Arrive July 10

On Friday, July 10, ABA will send out all the information that registered booksellers need to access the range of virtual events taking place during Children’s Institute.

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08 Jul

Authors Kwame Alexander and Jerry Craft to Appear in Conversation at Virtual Ci8

During the session, Alexander and Craft will discuss their careers as writers, their lives as readers, and their experiences being two of only five Black authors to win Newbery Awards.

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08 Jul

All Children’s Institute Attendees Invited to July 15 Virtual Hangout

Booksellers, authors, publishers, and guests will meet up in virtual rooms to connect during this (socially distant) party.

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08 Jul

Can’t Make it to the Antiracist Allyship Workshop at Ci8? Let ABA Know

Many booksellers are waitlisted for this workshop; registered booksellers who cannot attend should let ABA know by the end of the day on July 9 so waiting booksellers can take their place.

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08 Jul

Meet With the IndieCommerce Team One-on-One at Children’s Institute

Booksellers can sign up now 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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07 Jul

ABA Business Partners Available for Meetings at the Ci8 Expo

The Expo section of the event offers an area for booksellers to meet with vendors, including the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, Booklog, Drag Queen Story Hour, and We Need Diverse Books.

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08 Jul
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Join Your Colleagues Every Tuesday for a Virtual Coffee Break

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

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08 Jul
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Find Waldo Local Digital Underway

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Find Waldo Local is going digital for 2020.

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08 Jul
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Order Additional Merch for Independent Bookstore Day by July 10

This year, booksellers are invited to sell the IBD merchandise on their websites beginning 10 days ahead of the event.

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08 Jul

E-commerce Update: Highly Motivated Customers Driving Online Sales

Although online traffic was down, customers that visited IndieCommerce and IndieLite websites last week were highly motivated to complete an online purchase. 

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08 Jul

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

The July 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 667,000 customers at 171 ABA member stores.

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08 Jul
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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to Testify at House Antitrust Hearing on July 27

After initially saying it would not send Bezos but rather “the appropriate executive” to testify, Amazon reversed course and said it was willing to make Bezos available.

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08 Jul
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Marketing Meetup Recap: Marketing Ideas from Small Stores

This session featured guest speakers from small bookstores, who shared what works for their stores in a variety of marketing areas, including social media, newsletters, events, and general marketing.

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08 Jul

Technology Meetups on the Calendar for July

During the month of July, ABA will host Technology Meetups on cyber insurance and on Zoom. All booksellers are invited to join; sign up now.

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08 Jul
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Tobly McSmith on Summer Kids’ Indie Next List Top Pick “Stay Gold”

Stay Gold is one of those rare novels that reads easily and has comic romantic appeal, but punches hard realism into your gut,” said Joy Preble of Brazos Bookstore.

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