BTW - Week of January 20, 2021

20 Jan

Join Your Colleagues at the Virtual Winter Institute

Registration costs $35 per person. There is no cap on attendance, and registration closes January 29.

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20 Jan

Sign Up Now to Participate in Independent Bookstore Day

Booksellers have until February 5 to sign up to participate in Independent Bookstore Day (April 24) and/or place orders for special literary-themed merchandise to sell during the event. 

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20 Jan
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Deadline Extended for Financial Survey: Respond Now

Booksellers are encouraged to fill out the survey by Monday, January 25, to help ABA better understand what members need and how we can help. The survey takes just five minutes.

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20 Jan
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20 Jan
Winter 2020-2021 Reading Group Guide

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

Stores have until February 4 to sign up to send the second installment of a digital version of the flier to their customers, featuring Family and Coming of Age, Nonfiction and Memoir, Mystery/Thriller, and Other Worlds titles.

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20 Jan
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2021 Children’s Institute Moves to Late Summer

The 9th annual Children’s Institute, slated for June 2021, will now take place August 30–September 1 at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona.

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20 Jan

One Week Left to Sign Up for Virtual Buzz Books Editors Panel

Booksellers are invited to join editors on Zoom on Wednesday, January 27, at 7:00 p.m. ET for an event sponsored by the American Booksellers Association and Publishers Lunch.

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20 Jan
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Join February Marketing and Technology Meetups

A Marketing Meetup on Edelweiss360 will be held on Thursday, February 4, and a Technology Meetup on Constant Contact will be held on Thursday, February 11. 

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20 Jan

BIPOC Coffee Breaks, Forum Coming Up

Last week, the American Booksellers Association hosted its quarterly forum for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color booksellers, who joined together virtually to discuss any matters of bookselling they chose.

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20 Jan

Afternoon, Evening Coffee Breaks Scheduled for Next Week

Virtual Coffee Breaks will be held on January 26 at 3:00 p.m. ET and January 28 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Join for an opportunity to talk with booksellers from across the country.

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19 Jan
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Join an IndieCommerce Webinar to Learn About Creating Clean, High-Converting Websites

Booksellers can register now for Web Design 101: How to Create Clean, High-Converting Websites, which will take place on Wednesday, January 27.

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20 Jan
Shop local this Valentine's Day

Take Advantage of Valentine’s Day Marketing Assets to Boost Sales

The assets, which are available for a range of social media platforms and websites, share two different shop-local messages.

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20 Jan
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ABA Staff Join Senior Team, Receive Title Changes

As a result of the annual staff review process, two team members have joined the senior staff group and two others have received title changes.

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20 Jan
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E-commerce Update: Normal Traffic & Sales

Although traffic dropped by 3.87 percent over the past seven days, the e-commerce conversion rate increased to 4.90 percent.

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19 Jan
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Booksellers Talk Building School Partnerships in the Time of COVID

Bookseller panelists discussed how to reach out to librarians, what collaboration looks like, the best way to cultivate the partnership, and how a strong relationship with librarians can benefit a bookstore.

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20 Jan

IndieCommunication: Not for Sale Feature

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

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20 Jan
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How Bookstores Are Managing Online Sales

Earlier this month, the IndieCommerce team asked stores that have e-commerce sites about the friction points the experience when processing online orders. Here’s what we learned.

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19 Jan
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A Q&A With Janet Skeslien Charles, Author of February’s Indie Next List Top Pick

“I can’t think of a more perfect novel to recommend to book lovers than The Paris Library!” said Alyssa Raymond of Copper Dog Books.

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20 Jan
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The Indie Mystery & Thriller 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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19 Jan
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The Latest Audiobook News From Libro.fm

Here, Libro.fm announces the first Bookstore Champion of 2021, shares 24 challenges to help readers have an enriching reading year, and asks booksellers to fill out a Q&A to be featured on its blog.

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