BTW - Week of February 17, 2021

15 Feb

ABA Announces New Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee Members

Nine booksellers have been selected to join the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee.

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16 Feb
Winter Institute Logo: Virtual World, Real Booksellers, February 18-20, 2021

Everything You Need to Know About Winter Institute

Booksellers should check their inboxes (and spam folders) for an invitation to log in to the American Booksellers Association’s 16th annual Winter Institute (Wi16), which is taking place February 18-20.

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15 Feb
Binc Trivia Night

Deadline Extended to Join ABA’s Trivia Game and Support the Binc Foundation

Saturday, February 20, at 5:00 p.m. ET is now the deadline to sign up for a trivia night to benefit the Book Industry Charitable Foundation. Tickets are $5.

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16 Feb

Visit the Winter Institute Expo to Take Advantage of Special Offers

Booksellers attending the 2021 Winter Institute this week should be sure to visit the Expo area to see some of the special offers available from publishers and business partners.

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16 Feb

Download Handouts for Winter Institute Education Sessions

Handouts for education sessions being held at Winter Institute are available now in the online program.

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16 Feb
The Capitol

Visit ABA’s Advocacy Division in the Wi16 Expo

Booksellers are invited to speak with the advocacy team about any legislative or policy issues that impact their store, negatively or positively.

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15 Feb
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Registration Underway for IndieCommerce Institute

This year’s institute will focus on helping stores manage website content, optimize their online shopping cart, and utilize all the new tools and features added to the IndieCommerce platform.

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15 Feb
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March Meetups to Look at Poetry Books, Canva

On March 4, booksellers can join a meetup to learn about marketing poetry books; on March 11, ABA will cover the easy-to-use graphic design platform Canva.

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15 Feb

New Coffee Breaks Announced for March

The month of March is filled with bookseller Coffee Breaks, including a special one for small stores. All booksellers are invited to join the Coffee Breaks to talk with colleagues.

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16 Feb
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Join ABA and Rep. Cicilline for an Antitrust Webinar on February 22

The event, “Reining in Monopoly Power: Small Businesses and the Push to Strengthen Antitrust Laws,” is an opportunity for booksellers to learn about recent antitrust updates and participate in a live Q&A.

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17 Feb
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Sign Up Now For #MarginsBookstores Month

#MarginsBookstores Month is a celebration of BIPOC, LGBTQA+, disabled, and neurodiverse-owned/managed bookstores; the deadline to sign up for the program is February 27.

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17 Feb

Binc Offers Help for Booksellers Affected by Severe Weather

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation may be able to help owners or employees with personal household expenses related to a natural disaster. In addition, Binc can assist with expenses directly related to the store in certain cases.

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16 Feb
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Bookstore Romance Day Names Kit Rocha 2021 Ambassador

Rocha will be promoting Bookstore Romance Day in the months leading up to the celebration on Saturday, August 21, and will be featured in a special spotlight panel during the day’s virtual events.

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17 Feb
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E-commerce Update: Shifting Shopping Behavior

A drop in the ecommerce conversion rate that we are now seeing may be the result of COVID infection rates rapidly dropping across the U.S.

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17 Feb

Technology Meetup Recap: Constant Contact

This session featured a live demonstration of Constant Contact led by Channel Marketing and Enablement Manager Matthew Montoya.

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15 Feb
The Booksellers Insurance Program

LIBRIS Insurance Program Starts a New Chapter

The Booksellers Insurance Program (formerly LIBRIS) covers books — and booksellers — with insurance specialized for independent bookstores.

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15 Feb
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IndieCommunication: Fun With Coupons

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

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17 Feb
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Chris Whitaker on March Indie Next List Pick “We Begin at the End”

"We Begin at the End is dramatic storytelling at its best,” said Robin Sung of Porter Square Books.

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17 Feb
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The Indie Comics & Graphic Works 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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16 Feb
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The Latest Audiobook News From Libro.fm

Here, Libro.fm shares a quiz to generate recommendations for Black-authored audiobooks, profiles an independent bookseller, and invites more indie booksellers to be featured.

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