BTW - Week of April 24, 2019

24 Apr

Tickets On Sale Now for Children’s Book Art Silent Auction at BookExpo

A perennial BookExpo favorite, the Silent Auction will donate proceeds from the Wednesday, May 29, event to the American Booksellers for Free Expression and Every Child a Reader.

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24 Apr

ABA Annual Meeting and Town Hall Set for May 30

The meeting agenda will include announcing the results of ABA’s election, reports from the Board of Directors and staff on the association’s activities over the past year, and updates on new and ongoing initiatives.

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24 Apr

Remember to Register for ABA Programming at BookExpo

Booksellers should visit BookWeb.org to sign up or buy tickets for Meet the Editor, Publicists Speed Dating, the Children’s Book Art Silent Auction, the ABC/CBC Speed Dating Tea, and more.

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24 Apr

Spring Forum Coming Up in NAIBA Region

The Spring Forum in Baltimore, Maryland, 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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23 Apr

Pittsburgh’s DoubleTree Hotel Promises a Green Children’s Institute

The DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh-Green Tree has committed to maintaining recycling and sustainable practices during the event, which takes place June 26-28.

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23 Apr

Booksellers Count Down to Independent Bookstore Day

Booksellers around the country are preparing for the fifth annual Independent Bookstore Day, to take place this Saturday, April 27.

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24 Apr

Children’s Book Week Kicks Off Monday, April 29

This year’s theme, in honor of the event’s 100th anniversary, is “Read Now. Read Forever,” and looks to the past, present, and future of children’s and young adult books.

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23 Apr

ABA Debuts New Pre-Order Features

ABA has debuted the new pre-order badge, which allows IndieCommerce stores to flag titles available for pre-order, and the new “Just Added” feature, which indicates new entries on ABA’s Pre-Order Calendar.

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24 Apr

Take Note: April 30 Deadline to Vote in ABA Board of Directors Election

The bookseller nominees for four director spots are Jenny Cohen, Bradley Graham, Kris Kleindienst, and Chris Morrow, as well as Jamie Fiocco for president.

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24 Apr

Last Chance to Vote for 2019 Indies Choice Book Award, E.B. White Read-Aloud Award Winners

Booksellers have until the end of the day today, April 24, to vote for their favorite titles from a list of finalists chosen by a jury of booksellers.

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23 Apr

Remember to Report to the Indie Bestseller List

As Independent Bookstore Day approaches this Saturday, April 27, stores are reminded to report to the Indie Bestseller Lists during the busy weekend to demonstrate the power of independents.

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24 Apr

The Lit. Bar to Open on Independent Bookstore Day: An Exclusive Interview With Noëlle Santos

On Saturday, April 27, South Bronx native Noëlle Santos will host a series of free grand opening events for her new bookstore/wine bar, The Lit. Bar, which will be the only general-interest independent bookstore in the Bronx.

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24 Apr

Recommendations Sought for 2019 ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalog

The ABC Children’s Group is opening the floor for booksellers to submit their recommendations for children’s books to be featured in the 2019 ABC Best Books for Young Readers catalog.

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22 Apr

Binc’s New “Bookseller Stories” Newsletter Offers Touching Testimonials

The second volume of the Book Industry Charitable Foundation’s Bookseller Stories newsletter featured a bookseller who reached out to Binc for financial help after being diagnosed with a brain tumor.

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23 Apr

Tickets Available to Attend Lambda Literary Awards Following BookExpo 2019

Booksellers who will be in New York City for this year’s BookExpo trade show may also want to attend the 31st Lambda Literary Awards ceremony on Monday, June 3, which celebrates queer literary excellence.

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24 Apr

BTW News Briefs

Booksellers print The Mueller Report; S&S to distribute Law&Crime imprint; Skyhorse to launch Arcade CrimeWise; PRH launches reader loyalty program; Consortium to distribute four publishers; Copperfield’s event director debuts column; Personnel changes at WH Smith, Arcadia Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s, Orbit, Harlequin; Anna Dewdney Read Together Award, Hillman Prize, International Prize for Arabic Fiction winners announced; IPA Prix Voltaire shortlist announced 

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18 Apr

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in February

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 6.4 percent in February 2019 compared to February 2018, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census. As of April 18, the year-to-date sales among ABA member stores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, are even with 2018.

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24 Apr

April “Counterspeak” Episode Available for Download

The April episode of Counterspeak, the monthly podcast of the American Booksellers for Free Expression, is available for download on BookWeb, Spotify, and iTunes.

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24 Apr

Watch Your Inbox for the 2019 Independent Business Survey

On Thursday, April 25, booksellers will receive an e-mail from ABA with a link to a survey from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and the Advocates for Independent Business.

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23 Apr

Sign Up for April 25 and May 9 Marketing Meetups

ABA will present two new marketing meetups in upcoming weeks: “Hosting Successful and Profitable Local Author Education, Marketing, and Event Programs” and “Marketing the Well-Read Black Girl Book Club.”

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23 Apr

Join the “Recurring Events, RSVP for Events” IndieCommerce Webinar on May 2

The “Recurring Events, RSVP for Events” webinar is the fourth installment in IndieCommerce’s live demo webinar series.

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22 Apr

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

The May 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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23 Apr

Libro.fm Introduces Weekly Bookseller Q&As With #MeetaBooksellerMonday

Booksellers who would like to be featured or know another bookseller interested in participating in Libro.fm’s new bookseller questionnaire series can fill out a form on the digital audiobook company’s website.

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23 Apr

Readers Around the Globe Celebrate World Book Day

April 23 marked World Book Day, an international event that celebrates books and reading. Take a look at what bookstores, authors, and literacy organizations around the globe did to celebrate the day.

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23 Apr

Common Good Books Sold, Renamed

“We have something special here," said new owner Nick Ballas, "and I’m delighted to be able to keep this store here for St. Paul readers.”

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24 Apr

Around Indies

Lark and Owl, 2nd Act Books open; Storied Owl, Capital to open; Writer’s Block, Charis relocating; New owners for Browsing Bison; Orca to go co-op; McIntyre celebrates 30th; Raven Book Store tweet goes viral; Battenkill hosts Bold Stroke Books author panel; New Dominion, Johns Creek, Third House, Boswell, hello hello, Changing Hands, The Center for Fiction, Café Con Libros, Mil Mundos, The Lit. Bar, Word Up, The Last Bookstore, White Whale, Journeys of Life, Novel., and Burke’s featured in local news; Paragraphs named small business of the year; and more. 

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