BTW - Week of February 20, 2019

20 Feb

2019 Children’s Institute Registration Opens

The American Booksellers Association’s seventh ABC Children’s Institute will be held June 26–28 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh–Green Tree in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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20 Feb

Dozens of Indie Bookstores to Host Well-Read Black Girl Book Clubs

As events are scheduled, Glory Edim, who launched Well-Read Black Girl in 2015, will promote indie bookstores on her social media platform and encourage followers to ask their local store to host a book club.

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20 Feb

Winter Institute Book Drive Collects Thousands of Titles for Refugees

Denise Chávez, owner of Casa Camino Real Book Store and Art Gallery, has been distributing books to refugees in her hometown of Las Cruces; more than 2,500 books were collected through the book drive. 

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20 Feb

Join ABA for the 2019 Spring Bookseller Forums

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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20 Feb

Petition Process Underway for Additional Board Candidates

Upon receipt of valid petitions, additional director candidates will be added to the ballot alongside the four candidates put forth by the ABA Nominating Committee and approved by the Board at its January meeting.

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19 Feb

Retail Sales at Bookstores Up in November

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were up by 10 percent in November 2018 compared to November 2017, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

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20 Feb

BTW New Briefs

BookExpo announces Adult Book & Author Breakfast lineup; Pearson sells K-12 courseware division; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt launches HMH Audio; Baker & Taylor to distribute seven new publishers; Philip Himberg to lead MacDowell Colony; Personnel changes at William Morrow, Johns Hopkins University Press, Chronicle Books; James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award Council names two new Fellows; Aspen Words Literary Prize shortlist announced; Carnegie Medals, Kate Greenaway Medal, Green Earth Book Awards longlists announced; Southern Book Prize winners announced

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20 Feb

Amazon Abandons Plans for Long Island City Headquarters

The incentives package offered by New York City and State to Amazon had been met with significant community resistance, including from independent businesses, unions, and residents. 

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20 Feb

Marketing Meetup Recap: Best Practices for Hosting Ticketed Events

Booksellers discussed ticketing services, the best platforms for marketing events, and best practices for event grid pitches.

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19 Feb

Sign Up for ABA’s February 28 Marketing Meetup

The upcoming online conversation will look at marketing on the social media platform Pinterest, which reached 250 million users last year.

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20 Feb

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

Panelists discussed programs that elevate the voices of female/female-identifying authors as well as efforts that feature women business owners and women-run businesses.

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20 Feb

Wi14 Education: “Bringing Play and Revenue Into the Store: Board Games are Back!”

Booksellers who have brought board games into their bookstores to sell discussed how they did it in this session moderated by the director of the Game Manufacturers Association.

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20 Feb

IndieCommunication: Updating Staff Info, Reporting Outages, and Migrating to Accept.js

The most recent IndieCommunication invites booksellers to update staff contact information and passwords, report website outages, and set up a time to migrate credit card processing systems.

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19 Feb

The Spring 2019 Kids’ Indie Next List Preview

Here’s a preview of the 52 titles on the Spring 2019 Kids’ Indie Next List flier, arriving at stores in the upcoming Kids’ White Box.

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20 Feb

A Q&A With Taylor Jenkins Reid, Author of March’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

Serena Wyckoff of Copperfish Books calls Daisy Jones & The Six “one of my favorite books of 2019 so far!” 

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20 Feb

Libro.fm Audiobook Offer Aims to Boost Indie Bookstores’ Instagram Followers

Here from Libro.fm are three steps to grow your Instagram following while promoting audiobooks at your bookstore.

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20 Feb

The Indie Sci-Fi & Fantasy 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 Feb

Around Indies

Love’s Sweet Arrow to open; Caprichos to open in Armory Marketplace; Loyalty now open; Ownership changes at BookTowne; Andersons, Old Town, Books Are Magic, Main Street, Curious Iguana, Eso Won, Uncle Bobbie’s, Head House featured in local news; Gulf of Maine to celebrate 40th, Lawrence Ferlinghetti to celebrate 100th

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