BTW - Week of January 27, 2021

26 Jan

ABA Announces 2021 Board Candidates

ABA has announced five director candidates to stand for election to the ABA Board, as well as the board’s selection for president and vice president, who must be ratified by membership.

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27 Jan
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President Barack Obama to Appear at Winter Institute

President Barack Obama, an avid supporter of independent bookstores and bestselling author of the recent memoir A Promised Land (Crown), will open the 2021 Winter Institute with a personal video message to independent booksellers.

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26 Jan
Save the date: Thursday, May 27, 2021 Annual Meeting & Town Hall

Save the Date: ABA Virtual Annual Meeting and Town Hall Set for May 27

The Annual Meeting will take place at 2:00 p.m. ET with the Town Hall immediately following. ABA will provide details about the digital platform in the coming weeks.

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25 Jan

Join ABA for Upcoming Coffee Breaks

An Evening Coffee Break will take place on January 28 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Join for an opportunity to talk with booksellers from across the country.

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25 Jan
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Upcoming Marketing and Technology Meetups to Cover Edelweiss360, Constant Contact

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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26 Jan
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ABA Board Announces New Ends Policies

Following the American Booksellers Association Board of Directors’ meeting this month, new association ends policies have been posted on BookWeb.

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27 Jan

A Report on the January 2021 ABA Board 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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26 Jan
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ABA Dues Renewals Underway

Membership with ABA ends on January 31, 2021, so booksellers are encouraged to complete their dues renewal form on BookWeb to ensure a continuation of benefits. 

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25 Jan

ABA Seeking Candidates for Marketing Manager Position

ABA’s marketing manager position is responsible for marketing independent bookstores as a channel and creating marketing campaigns for stores to use to reach new and existing customers.

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26 Jan

Attention Booksellers: Majority of ABA Membership Dues Are Tax-Deductible

Ninety-five percent of ABA membership dues are deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses; the rest are not tax-deductible.

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27 Jan
Winter Institute Logo: Virtual World, Real Booksellers, February 18-20, 2021

Sign Up for Virtual Winter Institute to See Notable Keynote Speakers and Chat With 120+ Authors

Booksellers have until Friday to register for Winter Institute, which will feature bestselling authors Lauren Groff, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Colson Whitehead, as well as futurist and author David Johnson.

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27 Jan

Order Literary Merch and Tote Bags for Independent Bookstore Day

The 2021 Bookstore Day tote bags are sponsored by Simon & Schuster and wholesale for $40 for each multiple of 10 (price includes shipping). The deadline to order is Wednesday, February 10.

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26 Jan
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, as well as big titles that have good pre-order potential.

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25 Jan

Binc Foundation Welcomes New Board Member, New Staff

As the Book Industry Charitable Foundation kicks off its 25th anniversary year, it is welcoming Kuo-Yu Liang as a new Board member and Kera Yonker as development coordinator.

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26 Jan
Make a date with your local bookstore

ABA Shares Range of Valentine’s Day Marketing Assets for Stores

The images tell customers: “Share the Love. Shop Local” and “This Valentine’s Day, make a date with your local bookstore.”

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27 Jan
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E-commerce Update: Online Sales Increase

Over the past seven days, IndieCommerce and IndieLite stores saw a 9.24 percent increase in sales revenue.

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27 Jan
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Learn About Managing Staff in the Age of COVID at Winter Institute

Attendees are invited to submit questions for the session ahead of time by this Friday, January 29.

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27 Jan

Winter Institute to Offer Education Session on Hand-selling in a Hybrid World

Booksellers and industry experts will talk about the success they’ve seen in switching to a remote customer experience, as well as the challenges. 

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27 Jan

Wi16 Attendees, Send in Your Education Questions Now

Wi16 attendees are invited to send in questions for select sessions ahead of time; questions must be submitted by this coming Friday, January 29.

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25 Jan
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What Booksellers Need to Know About the Employee Retention Tax Credit

If you think your business is eligible for the 2020 and/or 2021 ERTC, speak to your payroll provider and accountant as soon as possible.

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27 Jan

Get Your PPP Round Two Questions Answered on a January 28 Webinar

The webinar, which will last approximately one hour, will cover PPP reauthorization and important changes, advance grants through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, SBA Debt Relief Program, and more.

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26 Jan
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Switch Now: Last Day of Shared ABA Credit Card Processing Is March 31

After March 31, the shared ABA credit card processor is being discontinued as a credit card payment option on IndieCommerce websites.

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26 Jan
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The Latest Audiobook News From Libro.fm

Here, Libro.fm shares a list of audiobooks to pre-order, details about an upcoming Zoom meeting, bookseller-recommended audiobooks, and a special bookseller edition T-shirt.

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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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