BTW - Week of March 17, 2021

17 Mar

A Letter From ABA CEO Allison Hill on the Challenges of 2020 and Plans for 2021

“I’ve said many times that my plan for my first year at ABA, like so many people’s plans for 2020, was thwarted by the pandemic,” writes Hill. “Instead of the answers I came in with, I let questions guide ABA’s efforts this past year.”

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17 Mar
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New Survey Asks Membership to Evaluate Work of ABA CEO and Staff

ABA is asking member booksellers to fill out a survey to evaluate the association’s efforts to support member stores over the past 12 months.

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17 Mar

ABA Governance Review Committee Seeks Bookseller Input

All booksellers are asked to fill out this four-question survey to offer information and input for the Board as it works to meet members’ needs.

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11 Mar

ABA 101: Governance and Administration

This article offers an explanation of the distinction between the roles of the ABA Board of Directors and the ABA staff

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17 Mar
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April Virtual Reading Series on “A Universe of Wishes” to Feature YA Sci-fi and Fantasy Worlds

The four-part series will take place every Wednesday in April. Booksellers can start promoting the event to their customers now.

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17 Mar

Sign Up for “Twitter Engagement: To Tweet or Not to Tweet”

On Thursday, March 25, booksellers can learn about when to use Twitter vs. other social media platforms, important considerations for engaging with Twitter’s online community, and more.

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17 Mar

ABA Rebrands Coffee Breaks as “ShopTalk”

For the spring, the number of gatherings will be reduced, but ABA is adding a dedicated event for ABC Children’s Group members as well as an event for new and newish bookstores.

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17 Mar

Bookseller Danny Caine Publishes “How to Resist Amazon and Why”

Booksellers interested in hearing more can register to attend a March 31 discussion about the book and strategies to help small businesses thrive in the face of tech monopolies.

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17 Mar
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April Meetups to Look at Independent Bookstore Day, Gravity Payments

The April Marketing Meetup will be held on Thursday, April 1, while the Technology Meetup will be held on Thursday, April 8.

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17 Mar

Regional Associations Plan Spring Programming

Virtual programming will take place in March, April, and May.

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17 Mar

Talk With POS Vendors on March 24

On Wednesday, March 24, booksellers are invited to talk with a number of point-of-sale vendors to discuss their current operations or learn about alternative system providers.

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17 Mar
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Booksellers Celebrate Women’s History Month

Bookstores from coast to coast took to social media to share some of their favorite books by women. 

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17 Mar
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Wi16 Education Recap: Creating a Work Environment That Embraces Access, Equity, and Justice

Speakers Amber Cabral, Dr. Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, and Dr. Lauren Wadsworth discussed how to dismantle white supremacy in the workplace.

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17 Mar

Wi16 Education Recap: Managing Online Sales Growth

Booksellers talked IndieCommerce, project managements tools, and communicating with customers.

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17 Mar

New Winter Institute Recordings Available Now

Six education sessions, all three keynotes, and all rep picks videos from Winter Institute are available now on BookWeb for ABA member booksellers.

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17 Mar

Technology Meetup Recap: Canva Tips & Tricks

Here are bookseller-recommended best practices for using the free graphic image platform Canva.

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17 Mar

Booksellers Talk Navigating Returns

In this session, booksellers discussed how the pandemic altered their operations and how they handled it. 

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17 Mar
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ABA Releases Report Detailing Amazon’s Anti-competitive Behavior

ABA makes the case for investigating Amazon for antitrust violations, concluding that it is best for the country’s economy and its consumers that Amazon be broken up into at least four autonomous companies: retail, e-commerce marketplace platform, web services, and logistics. 

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17 Mar

An Overview of the American Rescue Plan

The $1.9 trillion relief package builds on many of the same programs established by the CARES Act and subsequent relief bills. Here is an overview of some of the most important provisions for booksellers.

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17 Mar

Health Insurance Subsidies Expanded in Relief Bill, Marketplace Open Through May 15

This change increases subsidies for people already eligible and offers new subsidies for higher earners who previously did not qualify. 

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29 Mar
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An Updated List of Federal COVID Relief Available + Deadlines

The deadline to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program has been extended through May 31. Booksellers are encouraged to look through the full list of relief to ensure they are not leaving money on the table.

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17 Mar
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Kaitlyn Greenidge on April Indie Next List Top Pick “Libertie”

Alyssa Raymond of Copper Dog Books called Libertie “a profound meditation on what it means to be truly free...while struggling against grief, sexism, racism, colorism, or classism.”

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17 Mar
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The Indie Biography & Memoir 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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