BTW - Week of March 6, 2019

06 Mar

A Letter From ABA Board President Robert Sindelar

Here, Sindelar highlights several educational opportunities for booksellers to take advantage of in their ongoing journey of becoming a better bookseller and businessperson.

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06 Mar
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Sign Up by April 5 for Editors Speed Dating at BookExpo

Attending booksellers will meet with groups of editors from participating publishers to talk about new and upcoming books.

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06 Mar

Gear Up for Independent Bookstore Day

With less than two months to go until Independent Bookstore Day, April 27, here are some tips for how participating stores can start spreading the news.

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01 Mar

Five More Booksellers Head to Children’s Institute on Scholarships

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation and Publishers Weekly are sponsoring a number of additional scholarships to send booksellers to the 2019 Children’s Institute in Pittsburgh.

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04 Mar

Booksellers to Choose Five Backlist Titles by Indie Publishers for Summer Reading Group Flier

Starting today, ABA member booksellers will have the opportunity to vote for their five favorite backlist titles from a list of 21 books nominated by members of the Independent Publishers Caucus.

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04 Mar

Binc and Penguin Random House Launch “Indies With Impact” Grant Program

Two grants will be awarded to two bookstores that work with a nonprofit or organization on a program to strengthen their local communities and encourage reading.

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06 Mar

Start Taking Pre-orders Now for “The Mueller Report”

Booksellers can take pre-orders now for two upcoming titles featuring the report on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian influence on the 2016 election of Donald Trump.

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04 Mar

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

The March Indie Next List e-newsletter, powered by Shelf Awareness, will be sent to more than 532,000 customers at 137 ABA member stores on Thursday, March 7.

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06 Mar

BTW News Briefs

Sotomayor to headline BookExpo; Nobel Prize in Literature to be awarded for 2018, 2019; Man Booker Prize announces new sponsor; Ripped Bodice releases 2018 diversity report; One Book, One New York announces five finalists; Diversion Books crashes Cohen testimony; Macmillan restructuring sales executive team; Denene Millner imprint moves to S&S; Hachette to distribute Sheldon Press; Post Hill acquires Fidelis Books; Personnel changes at Counterpoint, Highlights, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Hachette Audio, IDW Media Holdings; Audie Awards, Romantic Novel Awards winners announced; Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, PEN Faulkner Award for Fiction finalists announced; Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist announced

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06 Mar
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National Coalition Against Censorship Publishes “Defend LGBTQ Stories” Resource

The resource offers an overview of common arguments made by would-be censors and provides techniques for advocating for LGBTQ stories in local schools and communities.

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06 Mar
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New “Counterspeak” Episode Available Now

“On Author Akram Aylisli and Book Burning in Azerbaijan” features an interview with Katherine Young, translator of the banned book Farewell, Aylis: A Non-Traditional Novel in Three Works by Akram Aylisli.

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06 Mar

Georgia, Arizona Legislatures Consider Economic Nexus and Marketplace Facilitator Laws

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair means states can now legally require out-of-state sellers that conduct a significant amount of business in-state to collect and remit sales tax.

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06 Mar

Advocates for Independent Business Submits Comments to FTC

Members of AIB voiced concern about the recently approved merger between office-supply chain Staples and the wholesale office supply company Essendant.

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06 Mar
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ABA Offers Free Trial Membership at Spring Forums

Booksellers attending one of the upcoming Spring Forums are invited to sign up to test drive an ABA membership through August 31.

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04 Mar

ABA Meets With Agents From Association of Authors’ Representatives

The event was “part of our ongoing effort to make sure that all constituents have a better understanding of what it is to be an indie bookseller,” said ABA Senior Program Officer Joy Dallanegra-Sanger.

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04 Mar
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IndieCommunication: Two Webinars, a New Book Data Server, and an Offer From Eventbrite

The most recent IndieCommunication, among other items, invites booksellers to participate in two webinars and to take advantage of an offer from Eventbrite.

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06 Mar

Wi14 Education: Maximizing and Marketing Pre-Order Sales

The panelists, four of whom were members of ABA’s Pre-Order Task Force, discussed ways to promote and sell pre-order titles.

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05 Mar

Wi14 Education: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone — Building Successful Relationships with Publishers

Panelists discussed best practices for networking with publishers at industry events, what publishers look for in an event proposal, how to pitch events in person, and how to keep these relationships moving forward.

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05 Mar

Marketing Meetup Recap: Using Pinterest to Market Your Store

Last September, Pinterest announced it had reached a new milestone: 250 million users. In this Marketing Meetup, booksellers discussed strategies for promoting their stores on the social media platform.

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04 Mar

Sign Up for ABA’s March 14 Marketing Meetup

The upcoming online conversation will look at marketing on the social media platform Twitter, which has 67 million users in the U.S. alone.

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04 Mar
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The April 2019 Indie Next List Preview

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

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01 Mar
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Laurie Halse Anderson on Spring Kids’ Indie Next List Top Pick “SHOUT”

Here, Bookselling This Week talks with Anderson about the current conversation surrounding sexual assault in America.

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04 Mar

An Indies Introduce Q&A with Barbara Carroll Roberts

Nikki on the Line thrums with life, energy, and adolescent self-discovery,” said Heather Smith of Linden Tree Books.

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04 Mar

An Indies Introduce Q&A with T Kira Madden

Emilie Sommer of East City Bookshop calls Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls “fierce and unforgettable.”

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06 Mar

The Indie Cooking 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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01 Mar

Libro.fm’s March 2019 Audiobook Bestsellers

The Monthly Audiobook Bestseller List is based on sales through hundreds of independent bookstore locations participating in the Libro.fm audiobook program.

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01 Mar

Bookstores Promote Women’s History Month on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

This March, booksellers are taking to social media to promote Women’s History Month, including by posting pictures of creative book displays.

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06 Mar

Around Indies

Dog Moon opens; Ownership changes at San Marino Toy and Book Shoppe; Regulator celebrates first birthday under new ownership; Sassafras on Sutton reopens; Word Up owner Veronica Santiago Liu honored; New Dominion featured on PBS; Bookmarks the setting for On the Come Up video; Page and Palette, The Mitten Word, Firestorm, Watermark, Short Stories featured in local news

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