BTW - Week of September 16, 2020

16 Sep

ABA Board of Directors Announces Newly Appointed Booksellers

After ABA bookstore members voted to change the association bylaws, the ABA Nominating Committee put out a call for two Black booksellers to join the Board of Directors. Today, the board announces the results.

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16 Sep
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Preparing for the 4th Quarter: What to Know and What to Do (Part II)

Here, ABA CEO Allison Hill offers a new round of information on challenges booksellers may face heading into the 4th quarter as well as actions they can take to prepare for an uncertain holiday season.

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16 Sep
Top 10 Things to Know About...

Sign Up for the “Top 10 Things to Know About...” Webinar Series on Improving Operational Workflow

The Thursday, September 17, conversation will look at streamlining your current processes — online fulfillment, curbside pickup, local delivery, etc. — to improve efficiency and accuracy.

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14 Sep

September 25 Deadline to Sign Up for Virtual Education Sessions on Sales and Bestseller Reporting

Virtual education sessions on September 29 and October 2 will feature an overview of the benefits of reporting in-store and online sales and bestsellers.

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15 Sep
Banned Books Week 2020: Censorship is a Dead End

Banned Books Week 2020: Everything You Need to Know

This year’s event, to be held September 27 to October 3, features the theme “Censorship Is a Dead End.”

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14 Sep
Punching the Air book club: Wednesdays in October at 2:00 pm ET

Booksellers Invited to Order Signed Copies for “Punching the Air” Virtual Reading Series

HarperCollins has made available 50 eight-copy cartons of signed editions of Punching the Air for booksellers to offer to their customers during the October virtual reading series.

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15 Sep
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October 8 Technology Meetup to Look at Shipping Tools

All ABA member booksellers are invited to participate in an upcoming Technology Meetup, where bookseller panelists will share details about their shipping software and platforms as well as helpful tips.

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14 Sep

Professional Bookselling Certification Program Opens for Signups

During the NAIBA/SIBA fall conference, booksellers from all regions can take classes on “Event Management: Press Kits” and “Event Management: Virtual Platforms.”

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16 Sep
Nominate Now for the ABA Board of Directors Election

Nominate Yourself or a Fellow Bookseller for the ABA Board of Directors

Nominees that meet the minimum requirements will receive a form to fill out with more information and will be asked to provide two recommendation letters. Booksellers can nominate themselves or someone else.

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16 Sep

ABA Announces Affinity Partnership With Crowdcast

The virtual event platform is offering a 20 percent discount to independent bookseller members of ABA.

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15 Sep

IndieCommerce Launches “Preferred Name” Feature for Customers

Enabling this field ensures that booksellers are addressing customers as they wish to be addressed. 

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16 Sep

Top 10 Things to Know About: Managing Cash Flow

Among ABA CFO PK Sindwani’s top tips are revisiting sales and inventory budgets, adjusting staffing levels, taking advantage of publisher co-op, and more.

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16 Sep

Technology Meetup Recap: Eventbrite Updates

Team members from Eventbrite provided updates on recent changes to the ticketing platform and announced new special pricing for ABA members.

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16 Sep

20th Annual National Book Festival Goes Virtual

“Even though we call ourselves the National Book Festival…it’s actually international because anyone can come in and listen to the programming now,” said Library of Congress Literary Director Marie Arana.

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16 Sep
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B&N CEO James Daunt Delivers Keynote at BISG Annual Meeting

Barnes & Noble CEO James Daunt appeared in conversation with Book Industry Study Group Executive Director Brian O’Leary to discuss the future of B&N and bookselling in general during the BISG virtual annual meeting.

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14 Sep

Binc Offers Help for Booksellers Affected by Wildfires

The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation may be able to help owners or employees with personal household expenses related to the wildfires in the western United States. 

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16 Sep
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15 Sep

The Booker Prize Announces Shortlist

The winner will be announced in November and will receive £50,000 (about $64,365).

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16 Sep
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A Q&A With V.E. Schwab, Author of October’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

Lindsey Pattavina called The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue “epic, beautifully written, heartwarming, and heartbreaking.” 

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11 Sep
Indie gift guide

Indie Gift Guide Flier to Arrive in Stores in October Box Mailing

ABA’s Indie Gift Guide flier features 30 titles across a range of categories, including Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Mystery/Thriller, Graphic Works, and Other Great Gifts. 

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16 Sep

The Indie Sci-Fi & Fantasy Bestseller List

The American Booksellers Association’s specialty bestseller lists provide a current snapshot of what’s selling in indie bookstores nationwide.

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15 Sep

The Latest Audiobook News From Libro.fm

Here, Libro.fm highlights the September book club pick, talks with an audiobook accessibility consultant, and more.

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