BTW - Week of February 10, 2021

10 Feb

Watch Your Inbox: Winter Institute Event Links Coming Soon

Over the next week, ABA will send out all the information that registered booksellers need to access the range of virtual events taking place during Winter Institute.

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10 Feb
Visit our Expo booths for a chance to win $100

Visit With Publishers and Partners in the Winter Institute Expo

Visit as many Expo booths as possible on all three days of Wi16 to win one of 15 $100 AmEx gift cards. 

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10 Feb
Binc Trivia Night

Join ABA’s Trivia Game and Support the Binc Foundation

Tickets are $5 per participant, and all proceeds benefit the Binc Foundation. The deadline to sign up is February 17.

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10 Feb

Talk About the Future During Winter Institute’s Bookseller-to-Bookseller Discussion Groups

These discussions are intended to prime booksellers for the Saturday, February 20, keynote “How to Think Like a Futurist” with futurist and author Brian David Johnson.

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10 Feb
Wi16 Virtual Hangouts

Connect With Colleagues and ABA Staff at Winter Institute Socials

The virtual hangouts are divided up by theme, such as Readers & Knitters, Pet Show-and-Tell, Wanderlusters, and more. 

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10 Feb
Amanda Gorman Poetry Interlude

Take a Break With Poets During Winter Institute

Amanda Gorman, Ross Gay, torrin a. greathouse, Chris Martin, and Warsan Shire will be reading.

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09 Feb

Virtual Winter Institute to Feature ASL Interpretation

Handwriter Ink will be providing American Sign Language interpreting services for a number of events at Wi16, sponsored in part by Biblio.com, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, and Bookazine.

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10 Feb

Learn to Manage Online Sales at Winter Institute

Booksellers will hear from panelists who will discuss what they have learned over the past year about managing online sales as well as best practices for efficiency. 

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10 Feb

Winter Institute to Offer Education Session on Neurodiversity in the Workplace

The session will feature a panel of neurodiverse individuals and advocates discussing challenges and concerns neurodiverse employees experience in the workplace and customers experience in the store.

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10 Feb

Fall in Love With Romance Books at Winter Institute

In this session, attendees will hear from both bookseller panelists and LGBTQ+ romance authors.

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08 Feb
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Petition Process Underway for 2021 Board Election

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. Booksellers can petition to be added to the ballot.

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08 Feb

Visit ABA’s New Events Calendar to See What’s Coming Up

As the American Booksellers Association increases its event offerings, bookseller members now have a place where they can see the entire lineup in one convenient calendar view.

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08 Feb
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Renew Your ABA Dues Now

Membership with ABA ended on January 31, 2021, so booksellers are encouraged to complete their dues renewal form on BookWeb to ensure they continue to receive member benefits. 

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10 Feb
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Registration Opens for IndieCommerce Institute

The institute will offer a day of programming for IndieCommerce users and a day of programming for IndieLite users.

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09 Feb

Start Making Plans for Independent Bookstore Day

Booksellers planning to participate in Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 24, can check out a number of ideas for virtual and in-person celebrations to get the inspiration flowing.

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08 Feb

Next Webinar in New IndieCommerce Series to Look at Signing Up for the Program

On February 17, the IndieCommerce team will host an educational webinar for stores that are interested in learning about how to sign up for an IndieCommerce or IndieLite site.

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08 Feb
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February 11 Technology Meetup to Look at Constant Contact

Topics discussed will include how to create a template, manage reporting, and grow your contact list.

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08 Feb

Coffee Breaks Continue This Month

Five more Coffee Breaks are on the schedule for the month of February. Join for an opportunity to talk with booksellers from across the country.

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09 Feb
First Aid Kit

Health Insurance Marketplace Reopens February 15

If booksellers missed the 2021 Open Enrollment Period for Affordable Care Act coverage, there are still options in 2021 as things have changed under the Biden Administration.

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09 Feb
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Register Now for Antitrust Webinar With Rep. Cicilline

Booksellers are encouraged to register for an upcoming antitrust webinar with Rep. David Cicilline, chair of the House Antitrust Subcommittee, on Monday, February 22.

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10 Feb
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Indie Bookstores Celebrate Black History Month

Booksellers are taking to social media to celebrate diverse voices during Black History Month.

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10 Feb

Marketing Meetup Recap: Edelweiss360

The session included a live demonstration from Shaina Mahler and Justin Gold of Above the Treeline, as well as tips from a panel of booksellers.

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10 Feb
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E-commerce Update: Conversion Rate Jumps

The conversion rate was up 39.47 percent vs. the previous week, while sales revenue over the past seven days was down 12.07 percent vs. the previous week. 

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09 Feb
Kids' Indie Next List

The Spring 2021 Kids’ Indie Next List Preview

Here is a preview of the 50 titles on the Spring 2021 Kids’ Indie Next List flier, arriving at stores in the upcoming Kids’ Box mailing.

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09 Feb
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The Latest Audiobook News From Libro.fm

Here, Libro.fm shares information about Winter Institute, celebrates Black History Month, and showcases author interviews.

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