BTW - Week of March 31, 2021

31 Mar

Voting Underway for ABA Board Election

All voting is being conducted electronically on BookWeb, and ballots are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on April 27. 

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31 Mar
Indie Next: Booksellers Recommend

Sign Up to Send the Free Indie Next List E-newsletter to Your Customers

As part of a refresh of the Indie Next List program, booksellers are invited to sign up to send the free Indie Next List e-newsletters to their customers, including the adult, kids’, reading group, and gift lists.

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31 Mar
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Last Call for Responses: Evaluate the Work of ABA CEO and Staff

The 10-minute survey covers the period of March 2020 through March 2021. Survey responses are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 31.

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31 Mar

Last Call for Responses on Governance Review Committee Survey

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. Survey responses are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 31.

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31 Mar

What Are You Reading? Nominate It for the ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalog

The 2021 catalog will feature titles nominated by American Booksellers Association bookstore members as well as titles nominated by publishers.

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30 Mar
Survive to Thrive: Donate Now

$1 Million Donation Kicks Off “Survive to Thrive” Initiative

Binc’s new initiative has received $500,000 jointly from Ingram Charities and Ingram Content Group, $250,000 from Bookshop.org, and $250,000 total from Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, and Penguin Random House.

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31 Mar
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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31 Mar

E-Commerce Update: Higher Online Traffic, Lower Ecommerce Conversion

A slight drop in the ecommerce conversion rate is being countered by a slight increase in traffic visiting IndieCommerce and IndieLite websites. 

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31 Mar
Center for Anti-Violence Education sessions

ABA to Present Two Sessions From the Center for Anti-Violence Education

The April 15 event will look at de-escalation techniques, while the April 22 program will unpack microaggressions. All booksellers are invited to sign up for these sessions now.

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31 Mar
Independent Bookstore Day with three balloons tied to a stack of four books

Independent Bookstore Day Marketing Kit Now Available

Booksellers can download and print signs, book teasers, and shelf-talkers to promote the event in their stores, as well as images for social media posts.

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29 Mar
First Aid Kit

April 12 Webinar to Look at ABA Health Insurance Partner LIG Solutions

This webinar will highlight changes in the insurance marketplace that will be taking place under the new Biden administration, followed by a discussion around the future of Association Group Health Plans. 

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

“A Universe of Wishes” Virtual Reading Series Kicks Off April 7

Topics for the series include magic and queering fantasy worlds; magic, speculative, and real-life issues; identity in the future; and diverse worldbuilding in short stories.

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31 Mar

Sign Up for Meetups on Independent Bookstore Day, Gravity Payments

Booksellers should sign up now to join the April 1 Marketing Meetup on Independent Bookstore Day and the April 8 Technology Meetup on Gravity Payments.

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31 Mar

April Offers Opportunities to Connect During ABA ShopTalks, Forums, Office Hours

Booksellers can visit the new at-a-glance calendar to see all upcoming events.

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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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29 Mar

What Booksellers Need to Know About the Employee Retention Tax Credit

With Q1 coming to a close, booksellers should check if they are eligible for the credit (worth up to $28,000 per employee for 2021). The tax credit can be claimed on quarterly tax filings.

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29 Mar
May 2021 Indie Next List flier featuring Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead

The May 2021 Indie Next List Preview

Here are the 24 Indie Next List and six Now in Paperback picks on the May 2021 Indie Next List flier.

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