BTW - Week of February 13, 2019

13 Feb

New Study Shows Full Cost of Explosive Amazon Growth on Communities Nationwide

Prime Numbers: Amazon and American Communities quantifies the stark economic cost exacted nationwide as a result of Amazon’s online retail sales. 

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13 Feb
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57 Booksellers Win Scholarships to the ABC Children’s Institute

The scholarships cover the conference fee, a three-night stay at the host hotel, and up to $400 in travel expenses to the June 26–28 event in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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12 Feb
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Sign Up Now to Host a Well-Read Black Girl Book Club

Stores that sign on to host book clubs will receive a window display kit from Random House and be featured on an interactive online map of indie bookstores hosting events.

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12 Feb

Two Indie Bookstores Win Events With Author Jason Reynolds

Following the “Indie Bookstores Give Back on Small Business Saturday” campaign, more than 80 participating stores submitted proposals for an opportunity to win an event with the bestselling author.

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12 Feb
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New Episode of “Counterspeak” Features Activist Maggie Mayhem

Mayhem, an advocate for sex workers’ rights and harm reduction, joined ABFE to talk about how well-intentioned laws can impact free speech rights.

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12 Feb
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Petition Process Open for Additional Board Candidates

Under ABA’s Bylaws, any bookstore member may submit petitions to have the names of additional candidates for Board officers and/or directors added to the ballot for the upcoming election.

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12 Feb
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New BookExpo Grant Program to Send Booksellers to 2019 Event

The brand-new BookExpo Bestsellers Grant Program was designed to make it possible for new booksellers to experience and benefit from all that BookExpo has to offer during the May 29–31 event.

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13 Feb

Children’s Book Week Taps Ayesha Curry as Centennial Spokesperson, Reveals Official Poster

More than 1,000 indie bookstores, schools, and libraries are participating in the 100th annual celebration, taking place from April 29 to May 5, 2019.

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12 Feb

Nominations Sought for 2019 WNBA Pannell Award

Nominations are being accepted for the WNBA Pannell Award, which honors bookstores that foster a love of reading and books in children and young adults.

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12 Feb

ABA Membership Renewals Due Now

The membership year expired on January 31, so stores are encouraged to submit their dues renewal right away to remain a member of ABA’s community of independent bookstores.

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12 Feb
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Signup Underway for 2019 Find Waldo Local Campaign

Candlewick will provide bookstores with a toolkit containing mini Waldo standees, window clings, prize buttons, a Waldo poster, Waldo prize books, and more.

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13 Feb

BTW News Briefs

Amazon reconsidering NYC headquarters; BookExpo announces Children’s Book & Author Breakfast panelists; NBF director pens Time op-ed; Center for Fiction to host grand reopening; S&S to distribute Health Communications; Verso Books to launch Verso Fiction; Lonely Planet names new CEO; Personnel changes at Harlequin, Viking/Penguin, Harper Group, House of Anansi and Groundwood Books; Romantic Novelists’ Association Awards finalists announced; BIO Award winner announced

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12 Feb

Wi14 Education: Selling International and Diverse Books

One goal of Bookselling Without Borders, which provides fellowships to the top international book fairs, is to help booksellers increase sales of diverse and international literature in the indie market.

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12 Feb

Wi14 Education: Industry Trends and Analytics

The recent panel featured Michael Becher of Industry Insights, the company that assists ABA in compiling the ABACUS report; Brian O’Leary of the Book Industry Study Group; and Allison Risbridger of NPD Group. 

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12 Feb
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Visit BookWeb to Browse Wi14 Education Session Videos and Handouts

The Education Resources page features videos and handouts from sessions such as Managing a Multi-Location Business, Maximizing and Marketing Pre-Order Sales, and a Crash Course in Kids’ Bookselling. 

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12 Feb
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IndieCommunication: Fraud Alert

Here, the IndieCommerce team highlights the warning signs of a new type of e-commerce fraud.

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13 Feb
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The Indie Love & Romance 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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12 Feb

Libro.fm to Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day With Free Audiobooks

Libro.fm is joining the celebration of independent bookstores by offering free audiobooks that booksellers can give as a thank-you to customers for supporting their store.

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13 Feb
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Happy Valentine’s Day! Check Out These Romantic Bookstore Proposals

Bookselling This Week reached out to indie booksellers for photos of marriage proposals that have taken place in their stores over the years.

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13 Feb

Three ABA Member Stores Celebrate Five Years in Business

In honor of these anniversaries, Bookselling This Week asked the bookstore owners to reflect on their past five years in business and share how they have celebrated.

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07 Feb

Booksellers Stage Creative Book Displays for Black History Month

Indie bookstores around the country are creating engaging and educational book displays in honor of Black History Month.

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13 Feb

Around Indies

Loyalty Bookstore to open; Center for Fiction to open bookstore; [words] Bookstore, McNally Jackson to open branch locations; Dragonfly Books owner buys Master’s Touch; That Book Store issued tavern permit; Book No Further to expand; Sassafras on Sutton to reopen; The Published Page featured in online TV series; Andover Bookstore claims title of oldest independent bookstore in country; EyeSeeMe, For Keeps, The Book Catapult, Classic Lines, Print, Green Apple, A Novel Idea, Shakespeare & Co. featured in local news

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