BTW - Week of March 24, 2021

24 Mar

ABA Board Election Begins Friday

One person per ABA Member ID number may vote; staff should determine now who the designated voting member is at each store.

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23 Mar
Penguin Random House

Penguin Random House Announces Extended Payment Plan for Independent Bookstores

Effective May 1, 2021, independent bookstores in the U.S. will receive an additional month to pay their Penguin Random House invoices. 

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23 Mar
Indie Next: Booksellers Recommend

ABA Refreshes Indie Next List With New Design, New E-newsletter Partner

Booksellers should visit the Matchbook Marketing Indie Next List page now to continue sending the Indie Next List e-newsletter to their customers or sign up for the program.

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22 Mar
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Booksellers: Evaluate Work of ABA CEO and Staff by March 31

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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22 Mar

ABA Governance Review Committee Seeks Bookseller Feedback

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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24 Mar

IndieCommunication: Future Plans for IndieCommerce & IndieLite

ABA’s four-phase plan is a multi-faceted approach to making the platform as robust as possible.

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24 Mar
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Glennon Doyle Named 2021 Bookstore Day Author Ambassador

Booksellers can also visit the searchable Independent Bookstore Day map, which went live this week, and sign up to attend the April 1 Marketing Meetup on Independent Bookstore Day.

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24 Mar
First Aid Kit

Register for an April 12 Webinar With ABA Health Insurance Partner LIG Solutions

The webinar, which will run from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET, will provide an overview of the state of health insurance in 2021.

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22 Mar
April reading series with bestselling author Dhonielle Clayton, Wednesdays in April

April Virtual Reading Series Explores YA Science Fiction and Fantasy

Victoria Schwab, Tochi Onyebuchi, Samira Ahmed, and Zoraida Córdova will be in conversation with Dhonielle Clayton on a variety of topics. 

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22 Mar

Upcoming Education Session to Focus on Twitter Engagement

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. Sign up now.

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22 Mar

Join ABA’s Upcoming ShopTalks and More

The month of April will feature bookseller ShopTalks, a session on membership benefits, a quarterly BIPOC forum, Board Office Hours, a special ShopTalk for ABC Group members, and more. 

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22 Mar
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April Meetups to Cover 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. All booksellers are invited to sign up.

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23 Mar
Some of Loyalty Bookstore's favorite books by AAPI authors.

Bookstores Show Support for Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities

“We mourn those lost, and share in the outrage about the under-reporting of anti-Asian hate crimes, which continue to rise,” wrote Changing Hands Bookstore in an Instagram post. 

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23 Mar

Nominations for ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalog Now Open

New this year, booksellers can submit their nomination using Edelweiss. Just as a bookseller would nominate for the Indie Next List, they can also nominate children’s titles for the ABC Catalog.

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24 Mar

E-Commerce Update: Moving Into Spring, Sales Remain Steady

Over the past seven days, the e-commerce conversion rate has averaged 4.3 percent, just .1 percent lower than the previous week’s 4.4 percent.

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22 Mar
Winter Institute Logo: Virtual World, Real Booksellers, February 18-20, 2021

All Winter Institute Recordings Available Now

All available videos from Winter Institute, as well as documents featuring highlights from the chat, are now on BookWeb for ABA member booksellers.

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24 Mar
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California Booksellers: Apply for a COVID-19 Relief Grant Through March 31

California booksellers should gather all of the necessary documentation as soon as possible to ensure you are prepared to apply when the application window opens on March 25.

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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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