BTW - Week of April 7, 2021

07 Apr

2021 Children’s Institute to Go Virtual

Attendees can expect all their favorite programs to return during the virtual event. Registration will open on June 15. 

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07 Apr
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Bookselling This Week to Get a New Look and Schedule

ABA’s weekly newsletter will soon come twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, and feature more streamlined news and action items.

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07 Apr

Stores Invited to Vote in ABA Board Election

The ballot also includes space for write-in candidates. Ballots are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on April 27. 

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07 Apr
Indie Next: Booksellers Recommend

Indie Next List E-newsletter Offers Tracking of Customer Clicks

Booksellers who sign up to send the e-newsletter with partner Matchbook Marketing are able to track email-generated traffic and sales using tools like Google Analytics. 

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07 Apr
Center for Anti-Violence Education sessions

Sign Up for Education Sessions From the Center for Anti-Violence Education

All booksellers are invited to sign up for the De-escalation Workshop on April 15 and Microaggressions in the Workplace session on April 22.

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06 Apr

Join ABA’s Upcoming Sessions on Business Models to Learn About Retail Cooperatives and Nonprofits

Whether your store is new or long established, it can be profitable to consider how it could be structured differently than your current business model.

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06 Apr
Bookstore Shout Out step by step

Special Bookstore Day Event Announced, #BookstoreShoutOut Campaign Begins

Registration for the April 22 event with author Glennon Doyle opens on April 12, and the IBD social media campaign, featuring a special giveaway, is underway now. 

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07 Apr

Learn About Credit Card Processor Gravity Payments at April 8 Technology Meetup

ABA recently partnered with Gravity Payments, which came recommended by several booksellers, to offer credit card processing services to bookstore members.

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07 Apr

New (and New-ish) Members: Get an Introduction to ABA Benefits on April 12

This session will offer a tutorial on navigating BookWeb.org to ensure a better understanding of where to find the information most vital for members.

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06 Apr
First Aid Kit

Special Enrollment Extended: Join ABA Health Insurance Partner LIG Solutions for April 12 Webinar

The Special Enrollment Period for the health insurance marketplace has been extended to August 15. Booksellers are encouraged to register for a webinar with LIG Solutions to learn more.

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07 Apr

BIPOC Quarterly Forum Scheduled for April 13

The ABA team will attend from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., and the BIPOC Forum will continue until 7:30 p.m. ET. BIPOC allies and booksellers who do not identify as BIPOC should not plan to attend. 

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07 Apr
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Next ABA Board Office Hours Scheduled for April 14

Office Hours on April 14 offer booksellers a forum to share questions, comments, and concerns with the ABA Board of Directors.

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07 Apr

April ShopTalks to Offer Special Opportunity for Children’s Booksellers

ABA is inviting bookstore members of the ABC Group to this April 20 conversation to share best practices, talk about their business, and crowdsource ideas and solutions to problems.

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07 Apr

Marketing Meetup Added for April 27 to Look at Bookshop.org

Join the Tuesday, April 27, Marketing Meetup at 3:00 p.m. ET to learn about optimizing your Bookshop.org page. The session will be led by Bookshop Partnerships Manager Sarah High.

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07 Apr
A Universe of Wishes virtual reading series

“A Universe of Wishes” Virtual Reading Series Begins

The series kicked off today, April 7, and continues every Wednesday throughout the rest of the month. Booksellers are invited to have their customers join now.

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06 Apr
Small businesses, it's time to rise up

ABA Joins Independent Business Groups in New Coalition “Small Business Rising” to Fight Monopoly Power

The coalition will urge policymakers to rein in monopoly power and level the playing field that has allowed monopolies like Amazon to amass outsized power and influence.

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06 Apr
Banned Books Week: Books Unite Us

Banned Books Week Announces 2021 Theme: Books Unite Us

This year’s Banned Books Week, the annual celebration of the right to read, will be held September 26–October 2, 2021.

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07 Apr
Independent Bookstore Day

IndieCommerce Launches Independent Bookstore Day Feature

The new feature will allow stores participating in Independent Bookstore Day (April 24) to have the products listed on their site while also providing more control over the product pages themselves. 

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07 Apr
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E-commerce Update: Sales Dip Over Easter

While normal consumer behavior for the holiday, the sales decline may have been more pronounced due to good weather and more social activity as COVID vaccines become more accessible.

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07 Apr
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Top 10 Tips for Using Twitter

A recording of the recent session “Twitter Engagement: To Tweet or Not to Tweet,” as well as a handout, can be found on the Education Resources page on BookWeb.org. 

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07 Apr

Marketing Meetup Recap: Independent Bookstore Day

Booksellers shared how they plan to market and celebrate Independent Bookstore Day, which is coming up on Saturday, April 24.

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07 Apr
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The Indie Personal Finance 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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