BTW - Week of February 24, 2021

24 Feb

Virtual Winter Institute Has Booksellers Looking to the Future

“Now seems the perfect time to move forcefully and fearlessly into what comes next. We move forward knowing that we are stronger and more resilient as a channel than we ever imagined,” said ABA CEO Allison K Hill in her opening remarks.

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

Help ABA Plan for Winter Institute 17

Booksellers who attended the virtual Winter Institute last week are encouraged to fill out the post-event survey by Monday, March 1.

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24 Feb
Wi16 Closing Keynote Brene Brown

Wi16 Keynote: Dr. Brené Brown and Janet Geddis on What’s Next

“Right now, the most important thing we have is each other. Our human beings, our people,” Brown said. “It is very necessary right now as a leader to make sure that people are seen.”

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24 Feb
Wi16 Futurist Keynote

Wi16 Keynote: Brian David Johnson on Futurecasting and Taking Action

The future is “not a fixed point on the horizon that we’re all running towards, helpless to do anything about,” Johnson said. “The future is built by people.”

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24 Feb
Wi16 Novelists Keynote

Wi16 Keynote: Lauren Groff, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Colson Whitehead on the Future for Novelists

The authors discussed state of literature in the aftermath of political upheaval, as well as their upcoming books. 

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24 Feb

Revisit the Winter Institute: Keynote, Education Recordings Available Now

All three keynote sessions from Winter Institute, in addition to two education sessions, are available now on BookWeb for ABA member booksellers.

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24 Feb
Binc Trivia Night

Trivia Game to Support Binc Raises $2,629

On Saturday, February 20, more than 200 book industry colleagues joined a virtual trivia game to benefit the Book Industry Charitable Foundation.

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23 Feb
Julie Murphy

Chat With Wi16 Author Julie Murphy on February 27

Booksellers are invited to chat with author Julie Murphy, who was unable to attend her designated Author Social during Winter Institute last week, in an event hosted by Blue Willow Bookshop.

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24 Feb
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Share Your Thoughts on the Indie Next List

As part of ABA’s periodic review of its products, campaigns, and services, booksellers are asked to share their feedback on the Indie Next List program. The deadline is March 1.

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24 Feb
ABA logo with images of interiors of bookstores

ABA Membership Year Ends; Renew Your Dues Now

The membership year for all members is February 1, 2021 – January 31, 2022. The renewal process only takes a minute. 

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23 Feb
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Sign Up Now 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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24 Feb
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Register for Independent Bookstore Day Today

Booksellers who wish to participate and appear on the searchable map must register for the event by the end of today, Wednesday, February 24.

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23 Feb
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Upcoming Meetups Focus on Poetry Books, Canva

In March, booksellers can join a meetup to learn about marketing poetry books, in addition to a meetup covering the easy-to-use graphic design platform Canva.

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24 Feb

Join ABA’s Coffee Breaks in March

All booksellers are invited to join the Coffee Breaks to talk with colleagues; in March, a special session will be held for small stores.

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24 Feb
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Nominations Sought for 2021 PW Bookstore, Sales Rep of the Year Awards

Booksellers, authors, publishers, distributors, and others with ties to the book industry are invited to submit nominations for Publishers Weekly’s Bookstore and Sales Rep of the Year awards by March 15.

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23 Feb
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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24 Feb

Virtual Buzz Books Editors Panel Recording Now Available

Booksellers who missed the January 27 Buzz Books event sponsored by the American Booksellers Association and Publishers Lunch can view a recording of it now on BookWeb.

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24 Feb
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E-commerce Update: Conversion Rate Increases

Although more bookstores are open to walk-in traffic, the increase in online sales may be due to winter weather forcing people to stay indoors and online across the U.S. 

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23 Feb
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PPP Changes Grant Certain Businesses Access to Relief

Starting February 24, the Biden Administration is opening a 14-day period in which only small businesses with fewer than 20 employees can apply for relief.

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22 Feb
First Aid Kit

Health Insurance Marketplace Open Through May 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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22 Feb
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Watch Now: IndieCommerce Webinar on Signing Up for a Website

The February 17 webinar looked at the waiting list and contract process, what to expect throughout the initial setup, and resources and tools for how to be prepared for when the site is in your hands. 

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23 Feb
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The Latest Audiobook News From Libro.fm

Here, Libro.fm shares suggestions for audiobooks to read this year, and Traci Tomas of The Stacks podcast offers her top audiobook picks for Black History Month.

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