BTW - Week of October 28, 2020

27 Oct

#BoxedOut Grabs Headlines Nationwide and Across the Globe

As the #BoxedOut campaign continues, media outlets across the nation — and the world — are speaking with independent booksellers and spreading the message about shopping local.

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27 Oct
November Is the New December

November Is the New December: Tell Your Customers to Shop Now

Booksellers are welcome to share these new designs with fellow local businesses to further spread the message to shop early and shop local.

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28 Oct
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E-commerce Update: Latest COVID Surge Potentially Driving Online Sales

On October 27, the IndieCommerce team saw a 22.58 percent spike in revenue across platform sites.

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26 Oct

Binc’s Bookseller Stories: “Escaping in the Nick of Time”

The 11th volume of the Book Industry Charitable Foundation’s Bookseller Stories newsletter features a bookseller fleeing from a rapidly advancing wildfire.

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28 Oct
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A Report on the October 2020 ABA Board Meeting

Among other business at their meeting, the American Booksellers Association's Board of Directors heard from President Jamie Fiocco on her activities on behalf of the association and from CEO Allison Hill on her activities since the last full Board meeting.

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28 Oct
Nominate now

Last Call for Nominations 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. The deadline is October 30.

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28 Oct
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November 1 Deadline for IndieCommerce Stores Migrating to New Credit Card Processor

Stores now have until November 1 before they will be charged a 4.5 percent service fee as well as the new 1 percent commission fee.

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28 Oct

Get Customizable Marketing Materials for Small Business Saturday

Booksellers can visit American Express’ Shop Small Studio to access a variety of marketing materials to help business owners attract and engage with their customers for the November 28 event.

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27 Oct
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Register for November 9 Webinar on ABA’s Health Insurance Benefit With LIG Solutions

The 45-minute webinar will go over all program details (including open enrollment), and will allow members to ask questions.

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27 Oct

Medicare Open Enrollment Underway: Contact LIG Solutions

Two important points to consider during open enrollment: Deadlines are real (options are very limited outside of open enrollment) and be careful when shopping around (as some brokers may sell your information).

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26 Oct
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Learn About Self-Defense at Upcoming “Top 10 Things to Know About...” Webinar

The final webinar of the series will look at basic self-defense tips. Booksellers can visit the Education Resources section on BookWeb.org to watch videos of all previous webinars in the series.

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28 Oct

Talk Marketing and Technology Strategies During November Meetups

The November meetups will both feature open conversations for booksellers to participate in. 

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28 Oct

Join the November 5 BIPOC Bookseller Coffee Break

The next ABA Coffee Break meeting space for BIPOC — Black, Indigenous, or People of Color — booksellers will be held on Thursday, November 5, at 6:00 p.m.

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22 Oct

Join Your Colleagues Every Tuesday for a Virtual Coffee Break

During the November 3 Coffee Break, ABA Children’s Group Manager Gen de Botton will walk booksellers through a brief lesson on meditation and relaxation.

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28 Oct
When They Call You a Terrorist Virtual Reading Series, November 5 and 19

Registration Underway for November Reading Series on “When They Call You a Terrorist”

The two-part consumer reading series will take place on Thursday, November 5, and Thursday, November 19, at 2:00 p.m. ET on Zoom.

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28 Oct
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Top 10 Things to Know About: Non-Violent Communication & De-escalation

The American Booksellers Association partnered with the Center for Anti-Violence Education to present two workshops on strategies for non-violent communication and de-escalation. 

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27 Oct

COVID-19 and Mental Health: Taking Care of Ourselves and Each Other

Here, ABA has collected a number of tips for self-care during our day-to-day lives as well as sources for virtual therapy, mental health hotlines, and calming apps.

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26 Oct
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IndieCommunication: More New Features

Here's the latest news for booksellers using ABA's IndieCommerce and IndieLite e-commerce platforms.

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26 Oct
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A Q&A With Bryan Washington, Author of November’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

“Reading Memorial is like sitting down with a dear friend and asking, ‘What’s going on with you?’” said Colleen Ellis of Lark and Owl Booksellers.

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26 Oct
Winter 2020-2021 Reading Group Guide

Send Your Customers ABA’s Winter Reading Group Guide E-newsletter

Stores that would like to send a digital version of the flier to their customers should sign up now. The digital version will be sent in two installments, on November 19 and February 18.

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27 Oct

The Latest Audiobook News From Libro.fm

Here, Libro.fm highlights a free audiobook offer for A Promised Land, spooky audiobooks in fiction, and bookstore crowdfunding campaigns.

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About ABA

The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.

Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.

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