BTW - Week of December 19, 2018

18 Dec

A Record 333 Booksellers Receive Holiday Bonuses From James Patterson

James Patterson announced the names of the independent booksellers receiving grants totaling $250,000 as part of his Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program.

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18 Dec

Introducing the ABA Green Team

“There is a risk that individuals and businesses may feel, in light of the massive challenges before us, that there is nothing they can do to help,” says ABA’s Meg Smith. “But that isn’t true.”

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19 Dec

Bookselling This Week Goes on Holiday

Due to the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays, this is the final issue of Bookselling This Week for 2018. BTW will return to its regular Wednesday schedule on January 2, 2019.

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14 Dec

Spotlight on ABA History: “More Than Merchants: Seventy-Five Years of the ABA”

Bookselling This Week is launching a new occasional series, “Spotlight on ABA History,” which will feature excerpts from the Bookselling in America and the World anthology.

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18 Dec

Pre-Order Ads Feature “On the Come Up,” “Reclaiming Our Space” in January Indie Next List Flier

Booksellers who received January’s flier will notice ads urging customers to pre-order On the Come Up by Angie Thomas and Reclaiming Our Space by Feminista Jones from their local indie to receive a free gift.

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18 Dec

Catch The Bookshop Band at Winter Institute

Next month, The Bookshop Band will be playing at bookstores throughout the United States and making a special stop at Winter Institute 14 in Albuquerque.

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17 Dec

Binc Continues 2018 Year-End Campaign

Booksellers from all over the country are praising the work of the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, which began its annual year-end fundraising campaign last month.

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19 Dec

BTW News Briefs

ABA’s David Grogan named Media Coalition board chair; Rowman & Littlefield acquires selected Hal Leonard titles, imprints; Sourcebooks partners with Poisoned Pen Press on mystery imprint; Abrams to distribute Lucky Spool; APG to distribute Chalice Press; Tin House Magazine to close; Personnel changes at Catapult, PRH, HarperCollins, Tom Doherty Associates, Scholastic

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14 Dec

Retail Sales at Bookstores Up in October

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were up by 7.7 percent in October 2018 compared to October 2017, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. As of December 19, the year-to-date sales among ABA member stores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, are up nearly 5 percent over 2017.

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19 Dec

New York City Council Holds Hearing to Discuss Amazon Deal

The level of public subsidies offered by New York City and New York State to Amazon has raised questions and concerns among some elected officials and city residents.

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19 Dec

Sign Up for ABA’s January 3 Marketing Meetup

The first online Marketing Meetup of 2019 will feature an open conversation for booksellers to discuss the marketing ideas that worked for them in 2018 and to brainstorm new topics for future meetups.

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18 Dec

Start the New Year With New Passwords

Here, ABA Systems Administrator Josh Harding offers booksellers tips for how they can minimize their risks online.

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19 Dec

Sign Up Now for the 2019 IndieCommerce Institute

The IndieCommerce Institute, to be held on Tuesday, January 22, in conjunction with the 2019 Winter Institute in Albuquerque, is an interactive, classroom-style workshop for users of ABA’s IndieCommerce platform.

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19 Dec

IndieCommunication: IndieCommerce Institute, Gift Cards, and a Tip of the Week

The most recent IndieCommunication invited booksellers to sign up for the IndieCommerce Institute, to learn about how to offer and accept gift cards, and more.

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18 Dec

A Q&A With Lisa Jewell, Author of January’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

“Jewell’s understanding of the human psyche and its idiosyncrasies makes for a deliciously hard-to-put-down whodunit that hits all too close to home,” says Laura Taylor of The Oxford Exchange about Watching You.

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18 Dec

Brigid Kemmerer on Winter Kids’ Indie Next List Top Pick “A Curse So Dark and Lonely”

“This book is nonstop action from the opening sentence to the last paragraph,” says Carrie Deming of The Dog Eared Book. “I fell in love with all of the characters and the world they inhabit.”

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19 Dec

The Indie Healthy Living 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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19 Dec

A Roundup of Results From BTW’s One-Second Survey

Check Bookselling This Week each Wednesday for a new one-second survey and catch the results in the following week’s issue. If you don’t want to miss out, subscribe to Bookselling This Week now.

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19 Dec

Around Indies

Michelle Obama visits Tattered Cover, Seminary Co-op; Fountain Bookstore tweet goes viral; Jake’s Place, Bermuda Book Store, A Freethinker’s Corner open; Porter Square, Malaprop’s open pop-ups; A Novel Idea, Eso Won Books, The Story House, Politics and Prose, Village Books, Powell’s, Gibson’s, Northshire, Mclean & Eakin featured in local news; and more.

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