BTW - Week of July 15, 2020

15 Jul

ABA Members Vote to Pass Bylaws Changes, Ratify Board Election

Nearly 300 member booksellers of the American Booksellers Association visited BookWeb.org to vote on four items proposed by the ABA Board of Directors.

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15 Jul
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ABA Nominating Committee to Launch Call for Black Bookseller Nominations

Watch the daily updates from ABA CEO Allison Hill for the announcement on how to nominate.

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15 Jul
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ABA Issues Membership Survey to Collect Demographic Information

The survey will take most people just a couple of minutes to complete.

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15 Jul

ABA Welcomes New Affinity Partner Transport Specialties International

Transport Specialties International (TSI) has launched a mailing service to help booksellers ship signed copies of books or any other bulk orders directly to customers’ homes.

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15 Jul
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8th Annual Children’s Institute Underway, More to Come

Today, booksellers at the 8th annual Children’s Institute attended two education sessions, an antiracism workshop, an Indies Introduce presentation, and more. Programming continues tomorrow.

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15 Jul

Sign Up Now to Participate in Bookstore Romance Day

Swag packs with buttons, window clings, and more will be sent to all bookstores that register by August 1; T-shirts should be ordered by July 18.

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15 Jul
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Country Bookshop Teams With Author/Illustrator Matthew Myers to Promote Masks

Booksellers looking to promote mask-wearing in their stores are welcome to download and use the images Myers has created.

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15 Jul
Duende & The Word BIPOC Bookseller Award

Nominations Close July 17 for BIPOC Bookseller Award

All BIPOC who work in U.S. independent bookstores in any capacity are eligible to be nominated for the three categories: activism, innovation, and leadership.

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15 Jul
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Simon & Schuster Announces Carolyn Kroll Reidy Memorial Scholarship

The scholarship program will grant awards to students based on financial need and academic merit, and is specifically intended for candidates from historically underrepresented groups in the publishing industry.

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15 Jul

E-commerce Update: Don’t Forget Your Online Customers

The number of online customers completing purchases on IndieCommerce and IndieLite websites continues to be very high. 

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15 Jul
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Changes Coming to Credit Card Processing on IndieCommerce Websites

To address recent volume issues and lower credit card processing costs for stores using IndieCommerce and IndieLite, ABA is transitioning stores to their own credit card merchant account. 

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15 Jul
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Technology Meetup Recap: Cyber Insurance

The team from Arrowhead General Insurance Agency presented information on cyber coverage and how this coverage can protect bookstores, especially as threats have increased during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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14 Jul

Sign Up for the July 30 Technology Meetup to Learn About Zoom

Zoom for Dummies author Phil Simon will provide his expert advice on Zoom, including best practices, tips, and answers to some commonly asked questions.

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13 Jul
Dan Unmasked by Chris Negron

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Chris Negron

“This stellar, heartwarming, reassuring, layered, childhood-affirming, and brave story will awaken even the most reluctant hero in all readers,” said Drew Durham of Books Inc.

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15 Jul

The Latest Audiobook News From Libro.fm

Here, Libro.fm highlights July Bookstore Champion N.K. Jemisin, shares a collection of audiobooks for titles by BIPOC authors, and announces the launch of an audiobook bingo game.

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