BTW - Week of February 6, 2019

05 Feb
06 Feb
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ABA Announces Bookseller Forums Spring 2019 Schedule

At the forums, ABA will present the education session “ABACUS and Pre-Orders: Two Programs You Can’t Do Without” in addition to a general discussion about industry issues.

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06 Feb

Share Your Winter Institute Feedback Now

Booksellers who attended Winter Institute 14 are encouraged to fill out the post-event survey, which arrived in inboxes on Wednesday, February 6, and sign into the Winter Institute app to complete session evaluations.

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05 Feb

Roundup of BTW’s Winter Institute Coverage Provides Closer Look at 2019 Event

Bookselling This Week has compiled all previous coverage of Winter Institute 14, as well as this week’s articles recapping the event.

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05 Feb
From left: Oren Teicher, Betsy Burton, Gayle Shanks, Michael Tucker, Becky Anderson, and Mitch Kaplan

Wi14: ABA Past Presidents on Their Early Years in Bookselling

“The five former presidents here represent a long line of former booksellers who have served as ABA President, and we’re delighted that of the five who are here, they represent those who are still in the business,” said ABA CEO Oren Teicher.

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06 Feb

A Report on the January 2019 ABA Board Meeting

The American Booksellers Association’s Board of Directors met on January 20–21, 2019, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, just prior to the 14th Winter Institute.

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06 Feb

ABA Announces 2019 Board Candidates

ABA has announced four director candidates to stand for election to the ABA Board, as well as the Board’s selection for president and vice president, who must be ratified by membership.

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04 Feb
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BookExpo to Feature UnBound, a Collection of Bookish Goods

UnBound will present a collection of relevant products across 25 categories, from journals, calendars, and greeting cards to desk accessories, toys, games, art materials, and artisanal/handmade items.

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06 Feb

February Indie Next List e-Newsletter to Deliver to More Than Half a Million Customers

On Thursday, February 7, the February Indie Next List e-newsletter, powered by Shelf Awareness, will be delivered to more than 521,000 customers at over 130 ABA member stores.

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06 Feb

BTW News Briefs

Kickstarter launches Exquisite Objects; First Book partners with Rise Up; Canada’s Dundurn Press sold to tech entrepreneurs; Black Ocean to distribute Gramma Press; University of Georgia Press acquires Milestone Press; Rizzoli New York to distribute Pavilion Books; Personnel changes at Rakuten Kobo, Crown Publishing, Random House Children’s Books; Book Manufacturers’ Institute announces Rising Star Awards; Audie Awards finalists, PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature winner announced

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04 Feb
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Wi14 Education Session Videos, Handouts Now on BookWeb

ABA bookstore members can now access video recordings and handouts from a number of education sessions held at Winter Institute 14 in Albuquerque.

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05 Feb

Wi14 Author in Focus: Why James Baldwin Always Matters

The session at Winter Institute 14 examined why author James Baldwin’s work has, does, and will always matter and explored how to grow his audience through independent bookstores.

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05 Feb

Wi14 Education: Your Landlord, Your Business Partner

Bookseller panelists discussed best practices for improving landlord relationships, tips for turning a landlord into an advocate for local small businesses, and strategies for lease negotiations.

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05 Feb

Marketing Meetup Recap: Instagram Marketing for Your Bookstore

This Marketing Meetup covered what and when to post, paying for Instagram ads, selling through Instagram, tracking analytics, and the benefits of marketing on Instagram.

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04 Feb

Sign Up for ABA’s February 14 Marketing Meetup on Ticketed Events

Booksellers who join the online conversation will discuss ticketing services, where to market ticketed events, media engagement, and more.

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05 Feb

IndieCommerce Institute Provides Valuable Interactive Learning Experience

“There’s so much to IndieCommerce that training programs like the institute can help booksellers get to the next level and more fully utilize the site’s capabilities,” said Eileen McGervey of One More Page Books.

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04 Feb
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IndieCommunication: Following Up on Winter Institute

The most recent IndieCommunication invited booksellers to offer feedback about the IndieCommerce Institute and to reach out if they have questions about e-commerce-related topics covered at Wi14. 

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04 Feb
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The March 2019 Indie Next List Preview

Here are the 20 Indie Next Great Reads and 12 Now in Paperback titles featured on the March 2019 Indie Next List flier, which is on its way to stores in the IndieBound movement.

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04 Feb

Libro.fm News and This Month’s Audiobook Bestseller List

Booksellers can access Libro.fm’s complimentary February Audiobook Listening Copies, request a free Libro.fm marketing box, and create a playlist of their favorite titles to share on Libro.fm’s website.

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06 Feb
A look inside The Collective.

Welcome to ABA, The Collective!

“Part of the mission of our store,” co-owner Nicole Conley said, “is to work with community partners like The Johnnycake Food Donation Center in order to enhance the quality of life for everyone in our community.”

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06 Feb

Around Indies

Still North Books to open; The Golden Notebook renovates; Browser Books launches literary journal; Scuppernong, MahoganyBooks, Malvern, Vroman’s, Curious Iguana, Trident, The Frugal Bookstore, The Silver Unicorn featured in local news; and more.

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