BTW - Week of November 21, 2018

19 Nov

Jason Reynolds Pens Letter to Readers for Special-Edition “Ghost” Giveaway

As part of the “Indie Bookstores Give Back on Small Business Saturday” campaign, booksellers are working with local schools and educational programs to give young readers 20,000 free copies of Ghost this week.

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19 Nov
Jason Reynolds and Ghost book cover

Jason Reynolds Kicks Off “Ghost” Giveaway at Miami Book Fair

Award-winning author Reynolds, who is serving as Indies First spokesperson, launched the “Indie Bookstores Give Back on Small Business Saturday” campaign (#IndiesGiveBack) over the weekend.

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20 Nov

Winter Institute 14 Waitlist Closed

In the coming weeks, ABA will do its best to admit as many waitlisted booksellers as possible. Registrants who are no longer planning to attend are asked to notify ABA right away.

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19 Nov

Sign Up Now for Post-Winter Institute Ski Trip

Registration for a trip to Ski Santa Fe resort is now open to all Winter Institute attendees, including ABA member booksellers and their families as well as publishers.

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20 Nov

Now on BookWeb: Calendar Featuring Title Suggestions With Pre-Order Potential

ABA’s new Pre-Order Calendar on BookWeb.org lets booksellers see a curated list of titles that have good pre-order potential and added value for customers who order from their local indie. 

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19 Nov

Shelf-talker Featuring Indie Next List Submission Deadlines Serves as Aid for Bookstore Staff

Booksellers in the IndieBound movement are encouraged to post the new shelf-talker in their back room so staff can keep track of blurb submission deadlines for the Indie Next List.

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20 Nov

November 29 Marketing Meetup to Focus on Audiobooks

Booksellers are invited to sign up now to participate in an online discussion about audiobooks on November 29. On December 6, ABA’s Marketing Meetup will look at marketing for kids’ bookstores.

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20 Nov

Membership & Marketing Officer Meg Smith to Leave ABA

After almost 20 years at the American Booksellers Association, Membership & Marketing Officer Meg Smith has decided to stop working full time following the 2019 Winter Institute in January.

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19 Nov
Three Lives & Co.

Three Lives & Company Owner Toby Cox on Amazon’s New York City Headquarters Plan

“Rather than consider changing his first name to ‘Amazon’ to get their headquarters, perhaps Governor Cuomo would think of changing his name to McNulty’s Tea or Katz’s Delicatessen to celebrate local and vibrant businesses,” writes Cox.

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19 Nov

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in September

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 0.9 percent in September 2018 compared to September 2017, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. As of November 15, the year-to-date sales among ABA member stores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, are up more than five percent over 2017.

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20 Nov

Firestorm Books & Coffee Appeals City’s Attempt to Shut Down Syringe Exchange Program

“Since launching our co-op in 2008, we’ve never had the city investigate the content of our community calendar,” said Firestorm’s Libertie Valance. “‘Discriminatory’ is the only way to describe the city’s actions.”

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21 Nov
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Amazon E-mail Tells Small Businesses It Helps Them “Thrive”

“Amazon’s claim that it helps small business is not only insulting to hard-working owners of small retailers across the country, the data clearly show that it is simply not true,” said ABA CEO Oren Teicher.

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20 Nov

Novel Books Owner Advocates for Local Infrastructure and Planning Improvements

The city of Clarksburg, Maryland, recently broke ground on Phase 1 of a sewer extension project in its historic district after 15 years of advocacy efforts on the part of Novel Books’ Patrick Darby.

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19 Nov
2018 ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalog cover

For More Page Views, Add the Best Books for Young Readers Catalog to Your Website

The 2018 ABC Best Books digital catalog is mobile-friendly and easily integrated by IndieCommerce staff with no work necessary for bookstores.

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19 Nov

Apply for a Scholarship to Children’s Institute by December 4

Stores that did not have a Children’s Institute scholarship winner in 2017 or 2018 are eligible to apply; scholarships cover the conference fee, airfare or ground transportation up to $400, and three hotel nights.

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19 Nov

Children’s Book Council Prepares for 100th Anniversary Celebration of Children’s Book Week

The 2019 celebration will feature a new logo and theme, works by 20 featured illustrators, activities in 15 languages, and more.

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20 Nov
My Sister the Serial Killer book cover

A Q&A With Oyinkan Braithwaite, Author of December’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

Sarah Sorensen of Bookbug calls My Sister, the Serial Killer “one of the best books to come along in quite a while — fast, funny, and completely engrossing.”

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21 Nov

The Indie Comics & Graphic Works 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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20 Nov
A photo of the art supplies selection at the Delaware Art Museum Store

Welcome to ABA, Delaware Art Museum!

Store Supervisor and Buyer Jeanie Robino and Lead Museum Associate Jessa Mendez talked with BTW about the store’s growing presence as a new and unique destination in Delaware’s literary community.

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19 Nov

Denver’s BookBar Blends Literature and Theater

“This experience has been unique and transformative for DCPA, BookBar, and the community,” said BookBar owner Nicole Sullivan. 

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20 Nov

Around Indies

For Keeps, Prologue Bookshop, Shakespeare and Co. UWS location to open; The Snail on the Wall, Book and Puppet Company to open pop-ups; The Babbling Book and the Dragon’s Nook gets new owner, name change; Gibson’s Bookstore, Village Lights Books, Riffraff celebrate anniversaries; Avid Bookshop owner receives award; and more.

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