BTW - Week of May 1, 2019

01 May

Fifth Annual Independent Bookstore Day a Nationwide Success

“Independent Bookstore Day has become a really important day on the annual bookstore calendar, and it’s clear from the reports we’ve heard that it continues to grow,” said American Booksellers Association CEO Oren Teicher.

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01 May

ABA Announces 2019 Board of Directors Election Results

The results of balloting by the bookstore members of the American Booksellers Association to elect four directors to serve on the ABA Board, plus a new president and vice president, are now official.

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01 May

2019 Indies Choice and E.B. White Read-Aloud Award Winners Announced

The winning authors and illustrators will be honored at the upcoming ABA Indies Choice Book Awards, taking place on Thursday, May 30, at this year’s BookExpo trade show.

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01 May

Register by May 3 for ABA Special Programming at BookExpo

Booksellers can visit BookWeb.org to sign up for “Meet the Editor” or to get on the waiting list for “Publicists Speed Dating.”

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01 May

ABA Partners With Reader’s Digest to Promote 2019 “Nicest Places in America” Contest

Reader’s Digest is giving readers the chance this summer to nominate any town, city, organization, or business across America as the kindest, nicest place in the country.

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01 May

Bookseller Suggestions Requested for 2019 ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalog

Suggestions are needed in the following categories: infant/toddler, picture books, nonfiction, activity books, early readers, middle grade, YA, and graphic novels.

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01 May

Snag Your Spot! Sign-Ups Continue for 2019 #HarperCollinsLovesIndies Facebook Live Program

In contrast to the previous two years, #HarperCollinsLovesIndies videos will focus more on hand-selling in 2019 than on store tours. This year’s livestreamed videos will air on Thursdays instead of Saturdays. 

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01 May

May 8 Deadline: Submit Responses for 2019 Independent Business Survey

On April 25, booksellers received an e-mail from ABA with a link to a survey from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and the Advocates for Independent Business. Answers to the survey are due by May 8.

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01 May

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

The May 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, May 2.

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01 May

Meet ABA’s Affiliated Business Partners at Children’s Institute Consultation Station

At the 2019 Children’s Institute in Pittsburgh, the Consultation Station will offer booksellers the chance to meet with representatives from ABA’s affiliated business solution partners, POS vendors, and other service providers. 

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01 May

Hosting a Well-Read Black Girl Book Club: Getting Started

Here, from Well-Read Black Girl book club founder Glory Edim, is the first chapter in the WRBG Ambassador Orientation and Book Club Starter Guide, which will help participating booksellers launch their book club.

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01 May

Suggested Titles Announced for Upcoming Well-Read Black Girl Book Clubs

Well-Read Black Girl founder Glory Edim and ABA have provided a list of titles for participating book clubs to try in June, July, and August.

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01 May

A Reminder for Booksellers: Binc Can Help With a Wide Variety of Expenses

In situations where weather, illness, or an accident disrupts a bookseller’s ability to make a living, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation will help with both business and personal expenses.

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01 May

ABA Celebrates Grand Opening of The Lit. Bar, the Bronx’s New Bookstore/Wine Bar

On April 27, CEO Oren Teicher represented the American Booksellers Association at the grand opening of The Lit. Bar, the new independent bookstore and wine bar in the South Bronx.

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01 May

BTW News Briefs

National Antiracist Book Festival launches; McGraw Hill and Cengage to merge; Asmodee launches publishing arm; Personnel changes at Tin House Books, Princeton University Press, HMH, NEIBA; Edgar Awards, Colby Award, Triangle Award, PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, Four Quartets, James Beard award winners announced; Women’s Prize shortlist announced

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01 May

New “Counterspeak” Episode Available Now

In this episode, Deputy General Counsel for the New York Times David McCraw talks about the dangers of a discredited press and his “unfounded optimism” in spite of recent threats to press freedom.

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01 May

Marketing Meetup Recap: IngramSpark and Your Bookstore

The latest Marketing Meetup hosted by ABA focused on IngramSpark, a print-on-demand book publishing service and e-book distribution tool. 

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01 May

Sign Up for May 9 Marketing Meetup: “Marketing the Well-Read Black Girl Book Club”

Booksellers will hear from WRBG founder Glory Edim and two participating booksellers at “Marketing the Well-Read Black Girl Book Club,” ABA’s upcoming marketing meetup on Thursday, May 9.

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01 May

IndieCommunication: New Pre-Orders Badge, Upcoming Webinars, and More

The most recent IndieCommunication introduced a new badge for pre-order titles and staff picks, announced an upcoming webinar about repeat events, and more.

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01 May

The June 2019 Indie Next List Preview

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

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01 May

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Tanya Boteju

Nichole Cousins of White Birch Books calls Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens “hysterical, heartfelt, and wholly relatable to the LGBT community.”

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01 May

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Chip Cheek

“Cheek beautifully evokes the restless idealism of youth and the swift corruption of a young couple’s dreams for their idyllic future,” said Lori Feathers of Interabang Books about Cape May.

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01 May

Libro.fm’s May 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 May

The Indie Poetry 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 May

Around Indies

Madison Books, The Lit. Bar now open; GoGo Books hits the road; Book Trader owner to open pop-up; Off the Beaten Path celebrates 10 years; A Capella, Harvard, Brookline Booksmith, Trident, Newtonville, MahagonyBooks, Second Star to the Right, Storied Owl, BookPeople of Moscow, Silver Unicorn, Left Bank, Blue Cypress, Garden District, Our Daily Nada, and others featured in local news

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