BTW - Week of August 19, 2020

18 Aug

Bestseller Reporting to Be the Focus of ABA Education at Fall Regional Shows

This year’s virtual education session from ABA will offer an overview of the benefits of reporting bestsellers as well as how stores can report to various lists.

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18 Aug
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Indie Bookstores Celebrate Bookstore Romance Day

This year’s event featured a robust schedule of virtual events, which included exclusive talks and panels featuring romance authors, along with a dedicated tea time and cocktail hour. 

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18 Aug
Independent Bookstore Day, August 29, 2020

Independent Bookstore Day Virtual Events to Feature Tayari Jones, Gene Luen Yang, Lauren Groff, and More

More than 630 stores are planning to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, August 29, and booksellers are invited to promote a range of virtual events to their customers.

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19 Aug

BIPOC Booksellers Invited to Join a Dedicated Coffee Break on September 3

This session will be facilitated by Chief Executive and Founder of Diversity Decoder Linda Dunbar, a PR and corporate communications consultant and executive with global Fortune 500 experience.

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19 Aug

Upcoming Marketing Meetup to Look at Marketing Romance Books

In the August 20 meetup, booksellers will learn about marketing romance books, who the romance reader is, who might be a romance reader, the types of events that can be created, and more. 

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18 Aug

Indie Shindig Invites Booksellers to Learn About Upcoming Titles to Benefit Binc

The Indie Shindig is aiming to raise $15,000 for Binc by hosting weekly events that introduce booksellers to new and upcoming titles. All participating publishers split a donation of $10 per bookseller attendee.

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19 Aug
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How the ABA Board of Directors Election Works

To help booksellers understand the full scope of the election process, ABA has launched the “Board of Directors Elections” page on BookWeb.org. 

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19 Aug
Banned Books Week 2020: Censorship is a Dead End

Banned Book Week 2020: Promotional Kits, Ingram Discount, and Virtual Programming Ideas

Bookstores that received a Banned Books Week promotional kit from ABA last year will receive the 2020 kit in the September Box mailing. 

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19 Aug

E-commerce Update: Conversion Rate Holds Steady

Over the past two weeks the conversion rate (the number of online customers that complete a sale) has remained fairly stable.

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18 Aug
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IndieCommerce Rolls Out New and Upgraded Features

Here, the IndieCommerce team shares information about credit card processing and order editing, as well as bulk order processing.

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19 Aug
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Technology Meetup Recap: Crowdcast

Crowdcast Specialist Steve Fisher provided a brief demonstration of how to create an event through Crowdcast.

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19 Aug

IndieCommerce Webinar Recap: Credit Card Processing

The webinar recording, which can be found on BookWeb.org, includes demonstrations of new IndieCommerce site features, a walkthrough of where to find and configure information on Authorize.net, and more.

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19 Aug
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A Q&A With Fredrik Backman, Author of September’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

“I couldn’t put it down and barreled to the end, but now I am sad it’s over,” said Lisa Driban of Hockessin BookShelf.

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17 Aug

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Aiden Thomas

Cemetery Boys is a ghost story, a mystery, and a swoon-worthy romance all at once, and I have fallen in love with it!” said Mariana Calderon of Second Star to the Right Children’s Books.

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18 Aug

The Latest Audiobook News From Libro.fm

Here, Libro.fm highlights a special Independent Bookstore Day promotion, the most anticipated audiobooks coming this fall, and the August Indie Bookstore Champion, Cory Doctorow.

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