BTW - Week of November 28, 2018

28 Nov

Indie Bookstores Celebrate Small Business Saturday

Amidst a wide range of shop local festivities and author events, this year booksellers celebrated Indies First on Small Business Saturday by giving away copies of Jason Reynolds’ Ghost to kids in underserved communities.

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27 Nov
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American Booksellers for Free Expression Introduces “Counterspeak” Podcast

“Free speech is under attack from all sides,” said ABFE’s Dave Grogan. “Our podcast, we hope, will be a welcome space for open dialogue and discussion.”

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28 Nov

Announcement of Amazon’s HQ2 Locations Met With Criticism

Backlash to Amazon’s plan to establish headquarters in neighborhoods in New York and Virginia is coming from politicians and members of the affected communities, including booksellers.

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28 Nov
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December 10 Deadline to Submit Proposal for an Event With Jason Reynolds in 2019

Stores that participated in the #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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28 Nov

Winter Institute Attendees: Let ABA Know If Your Plans Have Changed

Registrants who are no longer planning to attend the 2019 Winter Institute are asked to notify the American Booksellers Association as soon as possible so waitlisted booksellers can be offered a chance to attend.

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28 Nov
26 Nov

Sign Up by November 30 to Hit the Slopes in Santa Fe After Winter Institute

All Winter Institute attendees, including ABA member booksellers and their families as well as publishers, can sign up for the full-day trip to Ski Santa Fe on January 26.

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27 Nov

ABA CEO Oren Teicher Talks Indies on “The Literary Life With Mitchell Kaplan”

During his guest appearance on the Small Business Saturday episode of the podcast The Literary Life With Mitchell Kaplan, Teicher talked about independent bookstores and their cultural significance.

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26 Nov

A Look Back on Last Year’s New York Times Best Books

As the New York Times Book Review prepares to announce its top picks for 2018, booksellers should keep in mind last year’s list when thinking about backlist favorites to sell this holiday season.

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26 Nov

Obituary: Ulrich Sandmeyer

Ulrich Sandmeyer, co-founder of Sandmeyer’s Bookstore in Chicago, died on Friday, November 16. 

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28 Nov

BTW News Briefs

Protestors storm Amazon Books on Cyber Monday; Demos Parneros to file motion to dismiss B&N’s countersuit; Lerner Publishing Group acquires Zest; Former Quarto CEO joins Trigger; Personnel changes at Harper Christian, Workman Publishing, HarperCollins Children’s; MWA names 2019 Grand Masters

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26 Nov
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Sign Up for the Final Two Marketing Meetups of 2018

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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26 Nov

Credit Card Processing Tips and Insights From Chosen Payments

Here, ABA affinity partner Chosen Payments offers critical information across a range of topics, including payment gateways, accepting credit cards by phone, and monitoring chargebacks.

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26 Nov
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IndieCommunication: Educational Opportunities and New Website Features

The most recent IndieCommunication invited booksellers to register for the IndieCommerce Institute and an upcoming Marketing Meetup, and to take a look at new wish list and checkout pane features.

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26 Nov
December Now in Paperbacks

The December ’18 Now in Paperback Flier & Shelf-Talkers

The December Indie Next List’s 12 Now in Paperback titles are featured with bookseller quotes on a downloadable flier and shelf-talkers.

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27 Nov
A holiday window display at Bards Alley in Vienna, Virginia, that features the Polar Express.

Around Indies

Business booms at indie bookstores; Black-owned bookstores on the rise; Fabled Bookshop to open; Willow Bookstore, Yardstick, Haunted Bookshop, Play, Copperfield’s Books open; Malaprop’s to open pop-up; New owners for Village Bookstore, Bisbee Books; Prairie Fox Books moves; Galaxy Bookshop celebrates 30 years; Bards Alley wins window decorating contest; Moon Palace Books hosts musical performances; Northshire to host book fair; and more.

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