BTW - Week of November 7, 2018

07 Nov

A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

Here, Teicher encourages booksellers to gear up for the holiday sales season as well as the sixth annual celebration of Indies First on Small Business Saturday.

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07 Nov

Two Indies First Press Release Templates Now Available on BookWeb.org

For more promotional material, booksellers can go to the AmEx website for Small Business Saturday posters and e-mail templates, or to BookWeb.org for Indies First web banners and social media images.

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01 Nov

Celebrate With Your Community This Small Business Saturday

American Express, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Etsy, The Wing, Record Store Day, and the American Booksellers Association are among those backing the shop small movement on November 24.

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01 Nov

Publishers’ Special Terms for Indies First Offer Great Deals for Booksellers

“We love the special terms and it’s good for our bottom line when we get behind a book,” said Bill Reilly, co-owner of the river’s end bookstore.

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07 Nov

Reminder: Submit Your Proposal to Receive One of Two Events With Jason Reynolds in 2019

Stores participating in this month’s #IndiesGiveBack campaign received an e-mail with instructions for how to submit a proposal for author Jason Reynolds to visit their community this spring.

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07 Nov

Need to Cancel Your Winter Institute Registration? Let ABA Know Now

A full refund will be offered through November 16. Booksellers on the waitlist will be notified on a first-come, first-served basis if cancellations are received. 

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07 Nov
Everyone Gets a Book This Year

A Holiday Preparations Checklist

Once again, BTW offers our annual list of preparations to help booksellers manage day-to-day operations and keep things running smoothly during the holiday shopping season.

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07 Nov

ABA Delivers Survey to Gauge Health Insurance Needs

Booksellers should check their inboxes for a link to a survey seeking bookseller input on group health insurance options. The deadline to complete the survey is Monday, November 19.

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07 Nov

Sourcebooks Announces Indie Rapid Replenishment Program for 2018 Holiday Season

With this program, which runs through December 19, all independent retailers in the United States will have the benefit of ship times of two days or less.

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07 Nov

“Love Your Bookstore” Challenge Kicks Off November 10

Readers will share their love of bookstores by taking part in the Love Your Bookstore Challenge between November 10 and 16.

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06 Nov

BTW News Briefs

Booksellers boycott Amazon’s AbeBooks; W.H. Smith was B&N’s rumored buyer; Abrams to distribute Cernunnos; Hopkins to distribute Northeastern University Press; Promotions at Penguin Press, Barefoot Books, Tom Doherty Associates, Open Road: USPS proposes rate increases; LSC Communications to acquire Quad/Graphics; Nominations open for CILIP Book Awards; SIBA Book Prize, Cundill History Prize finalists announced; World Fantasy Award, National Translation Award, PEN America Literary Award winners announced

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07 Nov
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Education in Depth: Five Indies on the Importance of Regular Store Inventories

“It’s a daunting task, but very worth it. Planning and auditing are key,” said Vroman’s President/CEO Allison Hill.

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06 Nov

Changing Hands Offers Professional Development to its Booksellers

Changing Hands co-owner Cindy Dach wanted to help the stores’ booksellers learn skills that could be used in both the industry and beyond, so she launched a series of educational sessions on a range of topics.

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02 Nov

Join ABA’s Marketing Meetups to Talk Strategy With Fellow Booksellers

Recent topics covered include subscription services, loyalty programs, and social media. The November 8 roundtable discussion will focus on co-op, followed by audiobooks on November 29.

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07 Nov
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Free Speech Still a Thing at Indie Bookstores

“Every day my e-mail inbox is filled to the brim with stories on attempts to censor,” writes ABFE Director David Grogan, but “independent bookstores remain a bastion of free expression and diversity.”

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06 Nov

Amazon Holds Advanced HQ2 Talks With Crystal City, New York City, and Dallas

The company’s request for proposals, which kicked off the search for a second location last year, led to a bidding war among 238 cities and regions, though the proposals have largely been kept under wraps.

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07 Nov

Cellar Door Books’ Drag Queen Story Hour Met With Anti-LGBTQ Protester

These events “are critical opportunities to celebrate our common humanity, erasing fear and hatred — and we must continue them no matter who tries to shout us down,” said Cellar Door’s Linda Sherman-Nurick.

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07 Nov

Resources Available to Support Booksellers’ Advocacy Efforts

The Local Policy Action Toolkit offers independent business owners and retailers tools to advocate for local policies that support local economies. 

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01 Nov
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IndieCommunication: IndieCommerce Institute, Credit Card Security, Co-Op Advertising

The most recent IndieCommunication invited booksellers to register for the IndieCommerce Institute, get ready for new credit card security changes, and sign up for a roundtable on co-op.

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01 Nov
December 2018 Indie Next List flier

The December 2018 Indie Next List Preview

Here are the 20 Indie Next Great Reads and 12 Now in Paperback titles featured on the December 2018 Indie Next List flier, which is on its way to stores in the IndieBound movement.

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01 Nov

The Winter 2018–2019 Kids’ Indie Next List Preview

Here’s a preview of the 52 titles on the Winter 2018–2019 Kids’ Indie Next List flier, arriving at stores in the upcoming Kids’ White Box.

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07 Nov

Red and White Box Mailings to Become One “Monthly Box”

Starting in 2019, booksellers will receive one monthly mailing from ABA that combines the contents of the Red and White Boxes.

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01 Nov

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Adam P. Schmitt

Novel’s Nicole Yasinsky, who served on the panel that selected Schmitt’s book, said Speechless “blew me away.”

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07 Nov

The Indie Politics & Current Events 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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01 Nov

Libro.fm’s Indies First Promo, November 2018 Audiobook Bestsellers

Just in time for Indies First on Small Business Saturday, Libro.fm has announced details about how it will be celebrating indie bookstores, as well as the November 2018 Audiobook Bestseller List, based on sales through hundreds of independent bookstore locations.

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07 Nov
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What’s in a Name?: The Barn Owl Books & Gifts

"The image of a barn owl kept coming up for me," said co-owner Amy Cooper, recounting how she and her husband came up with the name for the store.

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06 Nov
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Copperfield’s to Open in DIESEL’s Former Marin Country Mart Location

Copperfield’s Books decided to open a new store in Larkspur because it would like to continue the independent bookstore legacy previously upheld by DIESEL, said Copperfield’s President Paul Jaffe.

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06 Nov

Third Place Books, Island Books Mark Milestone Anniversaries

Over the weekend in Washington State, Third Place Books celebrated 20 years in business, and Island Books toasted to 45 years.

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07 Nov

Around Indies

Change in ownership at Reading Rock Books; River Dog Book Company to open bookmobile; The Homer Bookstore to celebrate anniversary; Tom Braun of Wild Rumpus dies; Blue Manatee, Joseph-Beth Booksellers among best bookstores in Cincinnati; Porter Square Books announces winners of 2019 Writers in Residence program

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