BTW - Week of May 8, 2019

08 May

Indie Booksellers Name the 20 Indies Introduce Debut Titles for Summer/Fall 2019

Booksellers can sign up now to take advantage of special publisher offers on the 10 adult and 10 kids’ titles chosen by booksellers as the top debuts of the upcoming publishing season.

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08 May
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ABACUS-18 Financial Benchmarking Survey Underway

The customized reports and online tools that reporting stores receive in return for filling out the survey provide a full picture of a bookstore’s financial performance.

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08 May

Baker & Taylor to Drop Wholesale Book Distribution to Retailers

The company said that the decision reflected a shift in its business operations to align with the education focus of parent company Follett Corporation.

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08 May

ABA Addresses Baker & Taylor’s Withdrawal From Retail Book Distribution

On Monday, May 6, the American Booksellers Association e-mailed indie bookstore members to address the recent announcement that Baker & Taylor would be exiting the wholesale distribution of books to retailers. 

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08 May

Ingram Mobilizes to Support Indie Bookstores as Baker & Taylor Exits Wholesale Business

“We know change is hard,” Chief Commercial Officer for Ingram Content Group Shawn Everson told BTW. “We want to help the indies through this challenge.”

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08 May

Penguin Random House Reaches Out to Indie Bookstores in Wake of B&T Announcement

Indie bookstores that do not currently have a Penguin Random House account or those whose account has been inactive for more than a year are eligible for the Indies Express program.

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08 May

Active Recruiting Begins for ABA Chief Executive Officer

ABA has posted detailed information about the organization’s search for its new CEO. The document was created by ABA’s CEO search committee in consultation with the outside search firm of Isaacson, Miller.

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07 May

POS Vendor Anthology Offers New Credit Card Processing Solution

Credit card processing company Clearent provides secure processing across all Anthology configurations, including Classic, APC, and RDS.

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08 May

U.S. Retailers, Entrepreneurs, and Service Providers Celebrate National Small Business Week

Retailers and entrepreneurs are taking to social media to celebrate this year’s National Small Business Week, which runs from May 5 to May 11 and celebrates small businesses’ impact on the U.S. economy and culture.

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08 May

BTW News Briefs

Just Kids wins One Book, One New York; PRH Grupo Editorial acquires Ediciones Salamandra; Chronicle Books to launch Chronicle Audio; Obama recommends three books; Highlights for Children sells imprints to Kane Press; Personnel changes at S&S, IPG, Dutton, DK; Helen & Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize winner announced; Chautauqua Prize shortlist announced; Orwell Prize longlists announced 

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08 May
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Children’s Institute to Feature More Than 50 Authors and Illustrators

In addition to keynote speakers Elizabeth Acevedo, Alyssa Milano, and Ann Patchett, authors include Cece Bell, Erin Entrada Kelly, Innosanto Nagara, Jerry Pinkney, Jon Scieszka, and Henry Winkler.

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07 May

Discover More ABA Programming at BookExpo: Board Discussion Groups and POS Roundtables

ABA programming at BookExpo this year will include bookseller discussion groups led by ABA Board members and roundtable discussions of various POS systems.

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06 May

Marketing Meetup: Live at BookExpo!

At “Carrying Your Digital Marketing Campaigns Across Multiple Platforms,” booksellers will hear from four guest booksellers about how they manage and execute digital marketing campaigns at their stores.

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08 May

Schedule an Advocacy Appointment for BookExpo 2019

Booksellers attending this month’s BookExpo are invited to schedule a time to talk at the show with David Grogan, the American Booksellers Association’s director of ABFE, advocacy, and public policy.

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08 May

ABA Member Booksellers to Moderate Editors’ Buzz Panels at BookExpo

At the 2019 Adult, Young Adult, and Middle Grade Editors’ Buzz Panels, editors will discuss the upcoming titles they believe readers and the media will be buzzing about this fall.

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06 May
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Don’t Miss Out on These Children’s Bookselling Events at BookExpo

ABA member booksellers attending BookExpo are encouraged to buy tickets for the 2019 Children’s Book Art Silent Auction and the ABC/CBC Speed Dating Tea.

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07 May

BookExpo Reminder: Register for IndieCommerce One-on-Ones

IndieCommerce and IndieLite members as well as non-members can sign up for one-on-one meetings with members of ABA’s IndieCommerce team.

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08 May

Reminder: Submit Your Winter Institute 2020 Scholarship Application

Applicants must be from an ABA member store that has not attended Winter Institute in the past seven years in order to be eligible for a scholarship to the 2020 event.

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08 May

Last Call for 2019 Independent Business Survey Responses

ABA member bookstores must submit their responses for the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and the Advocates for Independent Business’ survey about business challenges by Wednesday, May 8.

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07 May

Make the ABA Website Your Own With Shelf-Talkers and Store Photos

Booksellers are encouraged to send in photos and shelf-talkers for “Featured Shelf-talkers” and “Bookstore Showcase,” two special features on BookWeb.org that highlight individual bookstores.

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08 May
Mental health is as important as physical health

Bookstore Owners, Managers on Balancing Employees’ Mental Health Needs With Business Concerns

BTW recently reached out to booksellers to discuss strategies they have implemented as well as difficulties they face in meeting the needs of employees with mental health issues.

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08 May

May 9 Marketing Meetup Reminder: “Marketing the Well-Read Black Girl Book Club”

Participating ABA booksellers will hear from WRBG founder Glory Edim and two participating booksellers at “Marketing the Well-Read Black Girl Book Club,” taking place Thursday, May 9.

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08 May
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Hoboken Rallies Around Little City Books After Store’s Drag Queen Story Hour Met With Protest

Two individuals who identified themselves as part of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property protested the event at the Hoboken bookstore.

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08 May
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In-Store Displays Are Boosting Sales of Indie Next List Titles

“We have two bestseller displays in the windows based on the Indie Bestseller lists, and find that the books from the Indie Next List slowly gravitate to the bestseller window displays,” said Janet Bibeau of The Storybook Cove.

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06 May

The Summer 2019 Indie Next List for Reading Groups Preview

Here’s a preview of the Summer 2019 Indie Next List for Reading Groups flier, which ABA member stores in the IndieBound movement will be receiving in the May Box mailing.

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08 May

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Maya Motayne

Jen Pino of Vroman’s Bookstore calls Nocturna “the fantasy that you have been waiting for.”

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07 May
Let's Talk About Pre-Orders!

Bookseller Tips & Tricks: Promoting Pre-Orders

“It’s a lot about customer awareness,” said Liz Hottel of Politics & Prose, “and making sure they know that their independent bookstore can provide the same things that Amazon can.”

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08 May

Around Indies

Shakespeare & Co. to open new location; Linda’s Story Time sold, renamed Turning the Page; Old Town Books pop-up goes permanent; Northshire welcomes new ca; Carmichael’s, The Lit. Bar, Jane Addams, Literati, Uncle Bobbie’s, MahogonyBooks, Sankofa, Pyramid, Wild Geese, The Bookshop, Raven Book Store, Greedy Reads featured in local news; New Dominion hosts Rose Garden Party; The Novel Neighbor hosts OMG Bookfest; BookPeople to host Summer Reading Splash; and more.

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