BTW - Week of April 3, 2019

03 Apr

Navigating BookExpo 2019: A Checklist

BookExpo can be both exciting and overwhelming. For booksellers who have never attended or those who want to maximize their time at the show, here’s a checklist to help you draft a plan of action. 

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02 Apr

ABC Launches Super Summer Reading Challenge

The entire collection of the ABC Group’s Super Summer Reading Challenge can be downloaded from BookWeb’s Marketing Assets page now. The program is open to all ABA member bookstores.

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29 Mar

Share Your Brilliance! ABA to Call for Education Proposals for Winter Institute 2020

The April 10 issue of BTW will feature a link to an online form booksellers and other industry professionals can use to pitch topics for Winter Institute education sessions along with presenters and moderators.

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03 Apr

Last Call: Sign Up by April 5 for Editors Speed Dating at BookExpo

Attending booksellers will meet with groups of editors from participating publishers in one of two shifts to talk about their newest books.

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29 Mar

Spring Forums Coming Up in NEIBA, MPIBA Regions

Each Spring Forum event in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Golden, Colorado, will feature an open forum discussion plus the new education session “ABACUS and Pre-Orders: Two Programs You Can’t Do Without.”

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03 Apr

2019 Indies Choice/E.B. White Read-Aloud Award Finalists Announced

All staff at ABA member stores are invited to cast their ballots to choose the winners of the 2019 Indies Choice Book Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards. The voting deadline is April 24.

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02 Apr

ABA/Well-Read Black Girl Display Kits on Their Way to Participating Bookstores

Well-Read Black Girl founder Glory Edim and ABA have also announced their three suggested titles for WRBG book clubs to try this May: a debut, a paperback, and a YA title.

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29 Mar

ABA Board Election Now Underway

All main store members of ABA were sent an e-mail with a link to the ballot for the 2019 Board of Directors elections and biographical information on each of the candidates. Ballots are due April 30.

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02 Apr

Binc Kicks Off 2019 “Share the Good” Fundraising Campaign

The campaign by the Book Industry Charitable Foundation aims to get at least 50 booklovers from across the country to join its current list of 222 monthly sustaining donors.

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29 Mar

April Indie Next List e-Newsletter to Deliver to More Than 541,000 Customers

The April Indie Next List e-newsletter, powered by Shelf Awareness, will be sent to more than 541,000 customers at 139 ABA member stores on Thursday, April 4.

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29 Mar

2019 PW Bookstore, Sales Rep of the Year Announced

Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan, was named Publishers Weekly’s 2019 Bookstore of the Year; PW chose Cindy Heidemann as its 2019 Sales Rep of the Year.

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29 Mar

2019 Pannell Award Winners Announced

The Women’s National Book Association awarded this year’s Pannell Awards to 57th Street Books in Chicago and to Hicklebee’s Bookstore in San Jose, California.

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03 Apr

BTW News Briefs

IPG announces promotions, expansion; Rowman & Littlefield acquires Finney; Leaver, Smith form Welbeck; Trigger Publishing to launch imprint; James Patterson to donate to teachers; Karyn Temple named U.S. register of copyrights; Libro.fm now offers Spanish audiobooks; Inaugural Bookstore Romance Day announced; CJK Group to acquire Thomson-Shore; Scholastic acquires majority stake in MBI; Personnel changes at Macmillan, Bloomsbury Children’s, Workman; PRHPS to distribute Blue Star; Every Child a Reader offers activity kit; NYT/PBS Book Club names April pick; Walter Dean Myers, Astrid Lindgren Award winners announced; Dylan Thomas Prize, Hugo Awards shortlists announced

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01 Apr

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in January

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 10.6 percent in January 2019 compared to January 2018, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. As of March 27, the year-to-date sales among ABA member stores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, are up nearly one percent over 2018.

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03 Apr

New “Counterspeak” Episode Available Now

This installment features Columbia University President Lee Bollinger and the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education’s Will Creeley.

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03 Apr

New York State Imposes Tax on Marketplace Providers

On March 31, the New York State Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a budget that significantly changes the legal obligations regarding sales tax collection for “internet marketplace providers.”

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02 Apr

Marketing Meetup Recap: Blog Marketing

ABA's latest Marketing Meetup covered the different ways booksellers can market their store using a blog.

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02 Apr

Sign Up for April 11 Marketing Meetup and IngramSpark Meetup Series

Guest speakers will discuss influencer marketing at ABA’s next meetup on April 11. Additionally, over the next three months, ABA will present a series of meetups focusing on IngramSpark.

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01 Apr

The May 2019 Indie Next List Preview

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

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01 Apr

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Gillian McDunn

Heather Smith of Linden Tree Books calls debut middle-grade title Caterpillar Summer “a masterpiece in gentle sincerity.”

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01 Apr

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Lydia Fitzpatrick

Grace Harper of Mac’s Backs said Lights All Night Long is “part murder mystery, part love story, with memorable, well-drawn characters.”

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03 Apr

The Indie Personal Finance 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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29 Mar

Libro.fm’s April 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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02 Apr

Iowa City Bookstore Hosts 2020 Presidential Candidates

Prairie Lights in Iowa City, located in the swing state of Iowa, recently hosted 2020 presidential candidates Marianne Williamson and Andrew Yang. 

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03 Apr

Maria’s Bookshop Will Stay in the Family

“I grew up with this bookstore,” said Evan Schertz, son of Andrea Avantaggio and Peter Schertz. “I’m very excited to step in to learn all I can and lead Maria’s Bookshop into the next chapter.”

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03 Apr

The Lit. Bar Hosts Soft Launch Events

The Lit. Bar owner announced that grand opening plans for the store are currently underway. 

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03 Apr

Around Indies

Changing Hands, Title Wave celebrate anniversaries; Bookbub, Uproxx, VisitDallas.com, Hoodline name top bookstores in U.S.; River House Books named best in Monterey County; Powell's, San Marino Toy and Book Shoppe, Hub City, Bennington Bookshop featured in local news; Tom Gerald retires.

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