BTW - Week of November 4, 2020

04 Nov

A Holiday Preparations Checklist

This year's annual holiday checklist has been modified to help guide independent booksellers through the unique challenges the coronavirus outbreak may pose this holiday season.

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04 Nov
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Indie Booksellers Promote the Vote

In the weeks leading up to Election Day, independent booksellers created displays and shared social media posts to encourage their customers to vote.

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03 Nov
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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04 Nov
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E-commerce Update: Significant Election Day Impact on Website Traffic and Sales

Online traffic to IndieCommerce and IndieLite websites dropped by 33.41 percent on Election Day, November 3.

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03 Nov
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November Meetups to Feature Open Conversations on Marketing, Technology

The Marketing Meetup will take place on Thursday, November 5, and the Technology Meetup will be held Thursday, November 12. These will be the final meetups for the year.

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03 Nov

Sign Up for 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. ET.

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03 Nov
When They Call You a Terrorist Virtual Reading Series, November 5 and 19

November Reading Series on “When They Call You a Terrorist” Begins

Bookstores that are interested in bringing the free virtual book club to local educators, students, and readers of all ages can sign up to receive bookplates signed by Cullors. 

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03 Nov
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Institute for Local Self-Reliance Launches Independent Business Petition to Congress

The petition focuses on Amazon’s disproportionate impact on the independent business community, saying, “Amazon’s predatory tactics threaten our existence.”

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03 Nov
Open enrollment ends December 15

Open Enrollment for Health Coverage Begins

During open enrollment, you can add, drop, or make changes to your health insurance coverage. Booksellers should contact LIG Solutions for a no-obligation health insurance assessment.

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03 Nov
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Get Your Health Coverage Questions Answered: Register for November 9 Webinar With LIG Solutions

Members can also read ABA’s frequently asked questions about the health insurance partnership or schedule an appointment with a licensed advisor at LIG Solutions.

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03 Nov
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Top 10 Things to Know About: Morale Boosters and Self-Care

Among the tips from ABA's Allison K. Hill and PK Sindwani are to host a socially distant or virtual party for staff, find ways to take breaks, and invite staff to participate in a friendly competition.

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03 Nov

Top 10 Things to Know About: Physical Empowerment and Self-Defense

The session, presented in partnership with the Center for Anti-Violence Education, offered a basic self-defense workshop through a trauma-informed lens to provide practical ways to respond to the spectrum of violence.

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03 Nov

Simple Breath Work to Ease Anxious Energy: A How-To

Here from ABA’s Gen de Botton, a certified yoga instructor and manager of the ABC Children’s Group, is a step-by-step guide for using breath work to bring about calm.

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03 Nov
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Digital Best Books for Young Readers Catalog Available Now for IndieCommerce, IndieLite Sites

Bookstores that do not utilize IndieCommerce or IndieLite for their store’s website may download the complete title list, ISBNs, and catalog graphics on BookWeb.

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03 Nov
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IndieCommunication: Credit Card Processing Update, Regional Holiday Catalogs Online, and More

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

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03 Nov
The December Indie Next List flier featuring Wintering by Katherine May

The December 2020 Indie Next List Preview

Here are the 20 Indie Next Great Reads and 12 now-in-paperback picks featured on the December 2020 Indie Next List flier.

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03 Nov
Winter 2020-2021 Reading Group Guide

Sign Up to Send Customers ABA’s Winter Reading Group Guide E-newsletter

Stores have until November 5 to sign up to send the first installment of a digital version of the flier to their customers, featuring Dazzling Debuts, Historical Fiction, Small Bites, and Young Adult picks.

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04 Nov
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The Indie Politics & Current Events 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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03 Nov

The Latest Audiobook News From Libro.fm

Here, Libro.fm highlights Native American Heritage Month, bulk audiobook sales, and the monthly bestsellers and advance listening copies.

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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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