BTW - Week of December 9, 2020

09 Dec

ABA Launches Nomination Call for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

The committee serves as a sounding board and advisory council on issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, representation, and access facing the bookselling community and ABA.

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09 Dec
Winter Institute Logo: Virtual World, Real Booksellers, February 18-20, 2021

Mark Your Calendar: Winter Institute Registration Opens January 7

The American Booksellers Association’s 2021 Winter Institute will be held virtually from Thursday, February 18, through Saturday, February 20.

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09 Dec

Watch Dan Rather’s Indies First Event Recording Now

Indies First spokesperson Dan Rather held a national event in honor of his bestselling collection of essays, What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism, in support of independent bookstores.

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08 Dec
ABA Coffee Break

Talk With Colleagues at Virtual Bookseller Coffee Breaks This Month

Each week, the American Booksellers Association hosts a live virtual Coffee Break forum where bookseller members can discuss any bookselling-related topics.

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09 Dec
Caste, Ambergris, A Promised Land

What Books Are ABA Staff Gifting This Year?

See what books and non-book items ABA staff are gifting this holiday season, from What Unites Us by Dan Rather to Labyrinth: The ABC Storybook by Luke Flowers.

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08 Dec
We Are Lit holiday book display on social

As 2020 Comes to a Close, Remember to Report Sales

The American Booksellers Association urges all stores to report to the Indie Bestseller Lists during this busiest of seasons to demonstrate the power of independents.

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08 Dec
Don't let indie bookstores end up in the history section #BoxedOut #ShopIndie

Take Advantage of ABA’s Holiday Designs to Spread the Shop Local Message

Three new designs have been added for the #BoxedOut campaign, in addition to assets announced earlier this season encouraging customers to shop local, buy gift certificates, and support their indie bookstore.

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08 Dec
Stethoscope on faded background of bookcases

Last Chance for 2021 Health Insurance: December 15

Tuesday, December 15, is the last day for booksellers to get Affordable Care Act health coverage for 2021 in most states. ABA health insurance partner LIG Solutions offers a no-obligation health insurance assessment.

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07 Dec

Sign Up to Send the Indie Next List E-Newsletter to Your Customers

The December Indie Next List e-newsletter, featuring the month’s 20 titles with bookseller quotes in addition to a Q&A with the #1 pick, was sent to more than 662,000 customers at 182 ABA member stores.

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09 Dec
Cartoon of a shopping cart on a laptop screen

E-commerce Update: Expect an Online Sales Rush Monday and Tuesday

On Sunday, the e-commerce conversion rate spiked to 11.06 percent, which indicates that indie bookstore customers are highly motivated to buy from store sites right now.

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08 Dec
Choose Indies, Support Binc, Love Books

Binc Announces New Match, Stretch Goals for Year-End Fundraising Campaign

Supported by a group of authors, Binc is launching a new matching campaign and a stretch goal of an additional $20,000, for a new total campaign goal of $80,000 by December 31.

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09 Dec

Indie Bookstores Invited to Partner With Book Post Newsletter

Founding editor Ann Kjellberg said Book Post is a place where people can “engage with new ideas in literature, history, science, etc., and try to grow a common language based on shared ideas.”

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09 Dec

Tattered Cover Book Store Sold to Denver Investors

Denver natives Kwame Spearman and David Back, founding partners of Bended Page, LLC, lead a group of Colorado-based investors and national bookselling and publishing experts that purchased the 49-year-old business. 

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08 Dec
IndieCommerce logo image

IndieCommunication: Online Fraud, New IC & IL Features, and More

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

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08 Dec
2020 Indie Bestsellers

2020 Indie Bestseller Lists Ready for Download

The 2020 Indie Bestseller Lists, featuring the year’s top-selling titles at hundreds of independent bookstores nationwide, are now available as PDFs, Word documents, and in HTML format.

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09 Dec

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Karah Sutton

“I loved this fabulous story, with all the different points of view, the wonderful illustrations, and the magical writing,” said Rebecca Crosswhite of Rediscovered Books.

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09 Dec
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The Latest Audiobook News From Libro.fm

Here, Libro.fm highlights a special audiobook membership offer, a list of frequently gifted audiobooks, and a link to share how your store is doing this holiday season.

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