BTW - Week of March 27, 2019

26 Mar

A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

Here, ABA’s CEO reflects on exciting events on the horizon for ABA member booksellers in the coming months, including the 2019 Spring Forums, BookExpo, and the seventh annual Children’s Institute.

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25 Mar

Registration Nearing Capacity for 2019 Children’s Institute

There is currently room for fewer than 20 additional attendees at the seventh annual ABC Children’s Institute, which will take place from June 26-28, 2019, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
 

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26 Mar

Alyssa Milano to Deliver Closing Keynote at 2019 Children’s Institute

At the event in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this June, the actress and lifelong activist will discuss her debut children’s book series, Hope.

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25 Mar

Sign Up Now for Pittsburgh Bookstore Tours at Children’s Institute

Booksellers and publishers who sign up will have the opportunity to take either a full-day or a half-day tour of Pittsburgh’s independent bookstores.

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26 Mar

Less Than Two Weeks Left to Sign Up for Editors Speed Dating at BookExpo

Booksellers who participate will meet with groups of editors from different publishers to talk about new and upcoming books.

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25 Mar

Spring Forums Coming Up in MPIBA, PNBA Regions

Each spring forum event in New Braunfels and Portland will feature an open forum discussion of industry issues plus the new education session “ABACUS and Pre-Orders: Two Programs You Can’t Do Without.”

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26 Mar
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Spotlight on ABA History: “More Than Merchants: Seventy-Five Years of the ABA”

This chapter discusses ABA’s operations during World War I and its move to a full-time staff, among other topics.

 

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26 Mar

Attention Booksellers: Majority of ABA Membership Dues Are Tax-Deductible

Ninety-four percent of ABA membership dues are deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses; the rest are not tax-deductible.

 
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25 Mar

Binc Kicks Off Third Bookseller Survey

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation’s 2019 survey is open now through April 6 to all book industry professionals. Responders will be eligible to win a grand prize.

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27 Mar

Obituary: Lilla Weinberger, Co-owner of Readers’ Books in Sonoma

Lilla Weinberger was deeply involved in the independent bookstore community, serving on the NCIBA and ABA boards, and in the political world, working on Barack Obama’s campaign for president.

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26 Mar

ABA CEO Oren Teicher Featured in “Brews and Views” Discussion Series

Teicher talked about independent bookstores with Lenny Mendonca, owner of Half Moon Bay Brewing Company and director of California’s Office of Business and Economic Development.

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25 Mar

ABA Launches Designated Facebook Group for Well-Read Black Girl Partnership

The WRBG page on BookWeb.org now includes a link to the Facebook group ABA created for the partnership, as well as downloadable digital assets including a website stamp, banners, and e-cards.

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27 Mar

BTW News Briefs

ABA CEO interviewed; AppleTV to partner with Oprah’s Book Club; Waterstones staff start campaign; Melville House to publish Mueller Report; PRH to acquire Little Tiger; Personnel changes at Macmillan, Knopf; Eric Carle honorees announced; Denver Publishing Institute, Tiptree Award winners announced

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25 Mar

Sign Up for the ABC Group’s “Flashlight” e-Newsletter

All staff at members of the ABC Children’s Group — bookstores, publishers, and individual members alike — can receive the Flashlight e-newsletter, which features exciting, exclusive, members-only content.

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27 Mar
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ABA Learning on Demand: Creating Custom Order Confirmation E-mails & Invoices

The live demonstration, available on bookweb, illustrated how booksellers can create custom order confirmation e-mails and invoices using a new feature on their IndieCommerce websites. 

 
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26 Mar

Sign Up for March 28 and April 11 Marketing Meetups

At ABA’s next marketing meetup on Thursday, March 28, a selection of guest speakers will teach participating booksellers about blog marketing. The next meetup on April 11 will cover influencer marketing.

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27 Mar

ABFE Criticizes Congressman for Challenging Amazon on Anti-Vaccine Titles

After Rep. Adam Schiff wrote to Jeff Bezos regarding anti-vaccine titles on Amazon, the American Booksellers for Free Expression defended the site's right to sell legally published materials some may find objectionable. 

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27 Mar

Trump Signs Executive Order on Campus Free Speech

The text of the executive order states that it empowers federal agencies to “take appropriate steps…to ensure institutions that receive Federal research or education grants promote free inquiry."

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27 Mar

“Counterspeak” Episode for March Features Translator Katherine Young

This episode of ABFE's new free speech podcast features an interview with Young, translator of Farewell, Aylis: A Non-Traditional Novel in Three Works by Akram Aylisli, which has been banned in Azerbaijan.

 
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25 Mar

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Emily Skaja

Erin Ball of Third Place Books said Skaja’s poems in her debut collection Brute “will slice you open to your very soul and then stitch you back together.”
 

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25 Mar

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Scott Brown

Cathy Berner of Blue Willow Bookshop calls XL "a wonderful coming-of-age story with an almost unbelievable premise and a wonderful voice!"

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27 Mar

This Independent Bookstore Day, Stores Can Offer Free Libro.fm Audiobooks

Libro.fm is getting involved in the annual celebration of independent bookstores by offering stores the chance to give out free audiobooks as a thank-you to customers for their support.

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25 Mar

The April ’19 Now in Paperback Flier & Shelf-Talkers

The April Indie Next List’s 12 Now in Paperback titles are featured with bookseller quotes on a downloadable flier and shelf-talkers.

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26 Mar
Greenlight Bookstore's storefront.

How Your Bookstore's Charitable Giving Can Be Mutually Beneficial

“We thought it would be worthwhile to try to add up all the ways the bookstore gives back in a given year and share that with customers who might not be aware of the scope of it,” Jessica Stockton Bagnulo said. “It’s also a way to point out how much independent and locally owned stores in general contribute to their communities, and reinforce our message of the value of shopping local.”

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26 Mar

Around Indies

Texian now open; Charis relocates; Book Den owner celebrates 40 years; The Well-Read Moose celebrates fifth anniversary, Boswell celebrates 10th anniversary; Ellen Plumb's named Emerging Business of the Year; Books & Books, E. Shaver, The Book Store, The Book Catapult, Run for Cover, The Lit. Bar, Classic Lines, Elliott Bay, Ada's Technical featured in local news; Dudley's joins 1% for the Planet.

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