BTW - Week of November 25, 2020

24 Nov

Spread the Word: Virtual Event With Indies First Spokesperson Dan Rather Coming Up December 2

Indies First spokesperson Dan Rather will hold an event in support of bookstores following the annual celebration of Indies First and Small Business Saturday, to be held this year on November 28. 

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23 Nov
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ABA Membership Votes to Pass Bylaws Changes

ABA member booksellers have voted to pass five bylaws changes as put forth by the Board of Directors. 

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23 Nov
One Size Fits All: Gift Card

Remind Customers to Shop Local, Support Your Store, and Buy Gift Cards This Holiday Season

Among the new assets are “Shop now, shop local” and “’Tis the season to shop local” images; a “One size fits all” image for gift cards; and “How You Can Support Indies” and “All We Want for the Holidays Is You” images with space for booksellers to add their own text.

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23 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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25 Nov
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ABA to Call on Justice Department to Challenge Penguin Random House Purchase of Simon & Schuster

“The announcement today that Penguin Random House, the biggest of the Big 5 publishers, is buying Simon & Schuster is alarming,” says ABA CEO Allison Hill.

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23 Nov
Choose Indies, Support Binc, Love Books

Ingram Content Group Urging Support for Booksellers through Binc’s Year-end Fundraising Campaign

In the first 10 months of 2020, Binc helped more than 600 bookseller/comics retailer families, distributing more than $700,000. Comparatively, in the first 10 months of 2019, 88 grants were given totaling approximately $200,000.

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25 Nov
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E-commerce Update: IndieCommerce & Black Friday Through Cyber Monday

To keep up with the coming surge in online traffic and sales, the IndieCommerce team has brought three more servers online in addition to the servers added at the start of the pandemic.

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24 Nov

Publishers Announce Plans for Dozens of New Imprints in 2020

Throughout the year, both small and large publishers have shared plans for imprints focused on all types of subjects, from diversity and inclusion to health and wellness.

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23 Nov
ABA Coffee Break

Late-Night Virtual Coffee Break Added for December

Five Coffee Breaks will be held in December, including a late-night session and a BIPOC-only session. The final Coffee Break of the year will take place on December 15.

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

“When They Call You a Terrorist” Bookplates Available to Booksellers

Bookstores can request bookplates signed by Black Lives Matter founder and author Patrisse Cullors. 

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23 Nov

NBF’s Literature for Justice Program to Hold Virtual Launch on December 2

The book-based campaign aims to highlight annual reading lists on the topic of mass incarceration.

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23 Nov
Open enrollment ends December 15

Fewer Than Three Weeks Left in Health Insurance Open Enrollment

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

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23 Nov
Banned Books Week 2020: Censorship is a Dead End

There’s Still Time to Make Your Voice Heard on Banned Books Week 2021

Submit your ideas for next year’s Banned Books Week theme. Booksellers are encouraged to provide their input for the annual event by Tuesday, December 1.

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24 Nov
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ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalog PDF Available Now

The PDF can be downloaded on BookWeb.org. PDF pages can be saved as JPEGs and featured in newsletters and on social media.

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25 Nov

IndieCommerce and IndieLite Stores: Offer Gift Cards This Holiday Season

Stores can create a custom gift card product for their site, use the third-party company Givex, or offer online-only gift codes. 

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24 Nov
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IndieCommerce Stores: Having a Flash Sale? Let ABA Know

If you are expecting a large number of customers to make a purchase from your system at a designated time, let the IndieCommerce team know in advance.

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23 Nov

IndieCommunication: Fraudulent Orders, Status Page, and Indies First

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

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25 Nov
Thanks for Giving Weekend

Spend $15 at a Bookstore, Get a Free Audiobook From Libro.fm

Libro.fm is calling it Thanks-for-Giving weekend and hoping that book lovers everywhere will take advantage and #ShopLocalBookstores over the biggest retail weekend of the year.

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