BTW - Week of January 9, 2019

09 Jan

A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

Here, ABA’s CEO reflects on the bustling holiday shopping season at indie bookstores and looks ahead to the upcoming Winter Institute.

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09 Jan
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Holiday Shoppers Bring Their Dollars and Enthusiasm to Indie Bookstores

Popular local and regional titles, several national bestsellers, and growing recognition of the shop local movement were among the reasons cited by booksellers for this year’s high holiday sales.

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09 Jan

Independent Bookstore Day Catalog to Go Live January 15

Booksellers will have until February 1 to place their orders for limited-edition, literary-themed merchandise to sell in their stores on Independent Bookstore Day, April 27.

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07 Jan

WordStock, IBID Join Forces

Together, WordStock, Inc. and IBID, Inc. aim to offer the most complete set of bookstore point-of-sale products and services. 

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09 Jan

BTW News Briefs

Former bookseller pens article on how local bookstores make towns richer; Authors Guild survey reports median income decrease; Bloomsbury partners with Rowman & Littlefield; PW parent company buys The Millions; National Book Network to distribute three new publishers; Personnel changes at Random House, Crown; Sally Rooney wins Costa Novel Award; Academy of American Poets names new chancellors

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09 Jan

Winter Institute at Your Fingertips: Download the Wi14 App

Attendees can use the app to access the Winter Institute schedule, submit session evaluations, message fellow attendees, view keynote speakers and appearing authors, and more.

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08 Jan

Can’t Make It to Winter Institute? Watch It on BookWeb

As part of an ongoing effort to make ABA programming available to all booksellers, many keynote speeches will be live-streamed on BookWeb.org and dozens of educational sessions will be posted after the event.

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07 Jan

Wi14 Keynote Speaker Hanif Abdurraqib on Music and Memory

Poet, essayist, and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib is the author of They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us and the upcoming Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest.

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09 Jan

Wi14 Keynote Speaker Reshma Saujani on Being Brave

Inspired by her popular 2016 TED Talk, Saujani’s upcoming Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolder draws upon interviews with hundreds of girls and women across the U.S.

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08 Jan

A Q&A With Winter Institute Grand Finale Guests Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark

The hosts of the hit true crime/comedy podcast My Favorite Murder share the origins of the podcast, talk about its rapid growth, and reveal what they’re reading now.

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08 Jan

Wi14 Advanced Education: Developing Leaders in Your Store With Alden Mills

This advanced education session will teach booksellers how to cultivate a store staff that can think strategically, take initiative, and feel empowered to solve problems. 

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09 Jan

Wi14 Education: Do We Need to Talk? Surviving the Political and Cultural Divide With Your Co-Workers

In this session, booksellers will discuss how to approach personal and professional issues arising from the current divisive political climate and recent news reports of misconduct.

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07 Jan

Wi14 Education: Yes She Can — Programs and Partnerships to Empower Women

The session will feature bookseller panelists who are fostering women entrepreneurs, cross-promoting with women-owned businesses, and creating dynamic in-store programming.

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07 Jan
Heads or Tails

Win $500 While Supporting Binc: Play the Heads or Tails Game at Winter Institute

Booksellers can donate to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation by buying flashing pins onsite in the days leading up to the game, during which attendees will have the opportunity to win $500.

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09 Jan

Attention Wi14 Attendees: Remember to Bring Spanish-Language Titles for Refugees

Attendees at ABA’s upcoming Winter Institute 14 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, are invited to donate Spanish-language books for refugees at the U.S.’s southern border.

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09 Jan

A Busman’s Holiday: Indie Bookstores in and Around Albuquerque

Because many booksellers like nothing more than visiting other independent bookstores, ABA has compiled a list of member stores in the greater Albuquerque area for those heading to Winter Institute.

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09 Jan
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Make an Appointment Now: Wi14 Consultation Station

The Consultation Station at Winter Institute 14 will feature representatives from ABA’s affiliated business solution partners, POS vendors, and other service providers.

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09 Jan

Meet With the IndieCommerce Team at Winter Institute

Booksellers can sign up for one-on-one meetings with IndieCommerce staff to discuss the IndieCommerce and IndieLite e-commerce platforms.

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09 Jan

See Who’s Presenting at Winter Institute

All panelists appearing at Winter Institute are now listed on BookWeb and in the Winter Institute app.

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09 Jan
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Visa and Mastercard Settle Swipe Fee Class-Action Lawsuit

Booksellers may be included in a recent settlement in which the companies have agreed to pay between $5.54 billion and $6.24 billion to a class of more than 12 million retailers.

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09 Jan

Booksellers Urged to Submit Comments on Amazon HQ2 Deal to New York City Council

The City Council’s Finance Committee will hold a hearing titled “Does the Amazon Deal Deliver for New York City Residents?” on Wednesday, January 30.

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09 Jan

NCAC’s Chris Finan, Media Coalition’s David Horowitz Discuss Free Speech on “Counterspeak”

A new episode of Counterspeak, the monthly podcast from the American Booksellers for Free Expression, was released last week. 

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08 Jan
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January 17 Marketing Meetup to Look at Marketing Your Bookstore in a Tourist Town

Booksellers are invited to sign up now to participate in an online discussion about the marketing strategies that bookstores use to succeed when located in an economy driven by tourism.

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09 Jan
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Around Indies

Kizzy’s Books & More to open storefront; Lin-Manuel Miranda, friends buy Drama Book Shop; Ownership change at the Ivy Bookshop; Greenlight calculates donations distributed in 2018; HideAway Books, Books Around the Corner, Bookends & Beginnings featured in local news; and more. 

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