BTW - Week of September 30, 2020

28 Sep

Every Bookseller Invited to Nominate Themselves or a Colleague for ABA Board of Directors

Nominating takes just a few minutes via a webform that asks two questions: In what capacity have you known and/or worked with this candidate? What talents or experiences do you believe this person would bring to the ABA Board?

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28 Sep
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Independent Bookstore Day Launches Logo Design Contest

Submissions are due by Monday, October 26, and the winner will receive $500. The contest is open to anyone who wishes to submit.

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28 Sep
October is the New December, Buy Early Buy Local

“October Is the New December” Designs Encourage Shopping Early This Holiday Season

In addition to the digital versions available, booksellers can print a book-themed version of the poster for use in-store and share a general version with fellow local businesses.

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

Banned Books Week Underway

There is still time to celebrate with the entire book community before the week comes to an end on October 3.

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28 Sep
Top 10 Things to Know About...

Next “Top 10 Things to Know About...” Webinar to Look at Leveraging Customer and Sales Data

Knowing how to collect and use customer and sales data is key to successful marketing and better customer engagement. Booksellers can sign up now for the October 1 webinar.

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

“Punching the Air” Virtual Reading Series Kicks Off October 7

Bookstores can share the Eventbrite registration link and special marketing and educational materials in order to bring the book club to local educators, students, and readers of all ages.

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29 Sep

Fall Virtual Reading Series to Feature Black Lives Matter Founder Patrisse Cullors in November

The two-part series will take place on November 5 and November 19 and will focus on Cullors’ book When They Call You A Terrorist: A Story of Black Lives Matter and the Power to Change the World.

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29 Sep
ABA Coffee Break

Join ABA’s October 6 Coffee Break to Hear From a Former ABA President

To encourage booksellers to nominate themselves or a colleague for the Board of Directors, former ABA President Robert Sindelar will join the call to speak briefly about his experience on the board.

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28 Sep
ABA Coffee Break

ABA Launches Quarterly Coffee Break for New Members

During this new quarterly Coffee Break, kicking off on October 5, new and provisional bookstore members will be introduced to the many programs and resources ABA provides.

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28 Sep
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Sign Up for an October 8 Technology Meetup to Learn About Shipping Tools

Three bookseller panelists will discuss what shipping platforms and software they use, what their process is, and useful tips. All ABA member booksellers are invited to join.

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30 Sep

Regional Bookselling Associations to Present Closing Keynote Event With Allie Brosh

Booksellers are invited to join in on Wednesday, October 14, at 7:00 p.m. ET as Brosh discusses Solutions and Other Problems with Jenny Lawson, author of Broken (in the Best Possible Way) and owner of Nowhere Bookshop.

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28 Sep

Register Now for IndieCommerce Webinars on Preparing for the Holiday Shopping Season

Booksellers are encouraged to register for the October webinars in advance or visit the Education Resources page following the sessions to view recordings.

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28 Sep

IndieCommerce Team Offering Virtual Education Session at CALIBA Fall Show

Booksellers will learn about several recently developed new features and upgrades created to help stores manage their online sales.

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30 Sep
The Pop-Hop's storefront

The Pop-Hop Bookstore Opens Under New Owners Amid Pandemic

“The community has been welcoming and supportive,” said co-owner Rosario Calatayud-Serna. “Our group is enthusiastic, helpful, and supportive of one another, which has also been a blessing.”

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30 Sep
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E-commerce Update: Average Purchase Amount Increases

While there were slightly fewer visitors buying online last week, those that were buying were spending more.

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30 Sep
Liberty From All Masters by Barry Lynn

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

“In short, booksellers, simply by doing what they do best, will help to protect one of the fundamental institutions of democracy, which is the book industry itself,” says Lynn.

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29 Sep
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Top 10 Things to Know About: Curbside Pickup and Delivery Service

Booksellers suggest designating a space in the store for coordinating orders, providing clear instructions for customers picking up, tracking deliveries, and more. 

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29 Sep
November Indie Next List Flier

The November 2020 Indie Next List Preview

Here are the 20 Indie Next Great Reads and six special poetry picks featured on the November 2020 Indie Next List flier.

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29 Sep
Indie gift guide

Indie Gift Guide Flier Coming to Stores in October

Stores that would like to send a digital version of the flier to their customers can sign up by October 2. The digital version will be sent on October 8.

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29 Sep

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Romy Hausmann

“This is a story rife with twists and turns. It will keep you guessing!” says Deon Stonehouse of Sunriver Books & Music about Hausmann’s Dear Child.

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29 Sep

The Latest Audiobook News From Libro.fm

Here, Libro.fm highlights Latinx Heritage Month, offers audiobook gift memberships, asks about the option of free audiobooks for crowdfunding campaigns, and encourages pre-orders of A Promised Land by Barack Obama.

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