BTW - Week of September 23, 2020

23 Sep

Tell Customers to Buy Early, Buy Local With “October Is the New December” Designs

To encourage readers to start their holiday shopping now, ABA has created several images for booksellers to use in stores, on social media, in newsletters, and on websites.

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23 Sep
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Nomination Process Underway for ABA Board of Directors Election

All ABA member booksellers are encouraged to nominate themselves or a fellow bookseller to stand for election to the ABA Board of Directors.

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23 Sep
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IndieCommerce Credit Card Processor Migration Deadline October 22

Stores that have not switched over to their own credit card merchant account by October 22 will be charged a 4.5 percent service fee plus the new 1 percent commission.

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23 Sep
Top 10 Things to Know About...

Sign Up for the “Top 10 Things to Know About...” Webinar on Leveraging Customer and Sales Data

On October 1, Jordan Brannon and Cassandra Cross of Coalition Technologies will provide an introduction on how sales and customer data is collected through a few sources.

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23 Sep

Two Days Left to Sign Up for Virtual Education Session on Sales and Bestseller Reporting

“Why Sales and Bestseller List Reporting Is Vital in 2020” will look at the increase of online sales in the indie channel this year and why it has become more important than ever to report to the Indie Bestseller Lists and the New York Times bestseller lists.

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22 Sep

Upcoming IndieCommerce Webinars to Help Booksellers Prepare for the Holiday Shopping Season

Webinars will be held on topics such as getting your IndieCommerce or IndieLite site ready for launch; how to create, sell, and manage stock; creating and promoting gift guides and wish lists; and more.

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23 Sep

Banned Books Week Begins Sunday: Share Your Plans

Whether stores are hosting virtual events or planning in-store displays and festivities, ABA wants to know.

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23 Sep

Join the October 1 BIPOC Bookseller Coffee Break

The Coffee Break meeting spaces for BIPOC — Black, Indigenous, or People of Color — booksellers and bookstore owners offer a virtual space to gather for connection, support, community, resources, and networking.

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23 Sep
ABA Coffee Break

Join ABA for an Evening Coffee Break on Thursday, September 24

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

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

Signed Copies Available for “Punching the Air” Virtual Reading Series

For this series, authors Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam will discuss their young adult novel, Punching the Air (Balzer + Bray), in hour-long talks moderated by Cliff Helm of Left Bank Books and Kathy Burnette of The Brain Lair bookstore.

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23 Sep
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Join the October 8 Technology Meetup to Learn About Shipping Tools

This session will feature booksellers discussing what shipping platforms and software they are using, what their process is, and useful tips. All ABA member booksellers are invited to join.

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23 Sep
Liberty From All Masters by Barry Lynn

Part I: A Q&A With Barry Lynn, Author of Liberty From All Masters

Lynn’s book, out September 29, examines how monopoly power, specifically that of Google, Amazon, and Facebook, threatens liberty, democracy, prosperity, and national security. 

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23 Sep
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Booksellers: Medicare Open Enrollment Is Less Than One Month Away

Medicare’s open enrollment period for 2021 will run from October 15 to December 7; booksellers should prepare by contacting ABA membership health insurance partner LIG Solutions for a no-obligation health insurance assessment.

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21 Sep
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Top Ten Things to Know About: Improving Operational Workflow

Booksellers learned about having open and honest communication with staff, ideas for reducing redundancies, and tips to streamline store processes. 

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22 Sep
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PRH Launches “The Conversation” to Sustain Antiracist Engagement, Collaboration, and Action

Penguin Random House has announced the launch of a new website to support families, educators, communities, organizations, and readers who are working to combat racism and end racial inequities in our daily lives.

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23 Sep

HarperCollins Launches Fall 2020 Holiday Express Shipping Program

From September 21 to January 8, qualifying orders received by 3:00 p.m. ET will ship out the next business day and will be expedited so that in most cases they will be delivered in two business days.

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23 Sep
Let's Talk About Pre-Orders!

New Titles Added to ABA’s Pre-Order Calendar

The calendar features books with added value, such as signed copies and exclusive merchandise, to entice customers to order from their local indie bookstore. 

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22 Sep

PartnerShip Announces Improved FedEx Discounts for ABA Members

Through the ABA shipping program with PartnerShip, stores can save 50 percent on FedEx Express and 30 percent on FedEx Ground. 

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23 Sep
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E-commerce Update: Online Sales See Uptick

Significant pre-orders for Barack Obama’s A Promised Land (publishing November 17 from Crown) helped drive a sales increase, which started last Thursday.

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23 Sep

Binc’s Bookseller Stories: “A Bookstore Blooms in Uncertain Times”

The tenth volume of the Book Industry Charitable Foundation’s Bookseller Stories newsletter featured two bookstore owners working hard to keep their sales booming during a COVID-related shutdown.

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23 Sep
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