BTW - Week of May 15, 2019

14 May

A Letter From Outgoing ABA Board President Robert Sindelar

In his final letter to American Booksellers Association members as ABA Board President, Robert Sindelar shares reflections on his past six years on the board, the past two as president.

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14 May

James Patterson Opens Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program for 2019

For the sixth year in a row, the author will work with ABA to distribute a personal donation of $250,000 to indie booksellers. This year, a dedicated number of the bonuses will go to children's booksellers. 
 

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15 May

Ci7 Education: Well-Read Black Girl Workshop With Glory Edim

WRBG founder Glory Edim will lead an interactive educational workshop centered around the book club turned literary festival at the 2019 Children’s Institute in Pittsburgh.

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15 May

Following Baker & Taylor News, Growing Number of Vendors Reach Out to Support Indies

More and more publishers and wholesalers are continuing to step in with special programs designed to support indie bookstores after B&T announced it was closing its retail wholesale business.

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14 May

BTW News Briefs

Booksellers New Zealand CEO to retire; Binc announces Author Leadership Circle chair; Milkweed launches fellowship; U.K. Poet Laureate, Young People’s Poet Laureate named; Ohio University Press director announced; Personnel changes at Chronicle Books, Doubleday, Sourcebooks, William Morrow, Soho Press, PRH; British Book Award, Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize winners announced; Shirley Jackson Award, Desmond Elliott Prize, Arthur C. Clarke Award shortlists announced 

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13 May
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Reminder: June 12 Deadline for ABACUS-18 Financial Benchmarking Survey

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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13 May

Get Your Tickets by May 22 for ABC/CBC Speed Dating Tea at BookExpo

Nearly a dozen children’s book authors will pitch their new projects as members of the ABC Children’s Group at ABA and friends of CBC enjoy a lively tea.

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13 May

Nominations Continue for Reader’s Digest's “Nicest Places in America” Contest

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

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13 May

Encourage Your Colleagues to Sign Up for Bookselling This Week

Make sure your co-workers stay in the loop by signing up for BTW. In the weeks to come, BTW will report on BookExpo, new bookstore openings, industry news, and more!

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13 May

Registration Ongoing for Quidditch Match at Children’s Institute

Booksellers and publishers attending the seventh ABC Children’s Institute can register now to participate in the Ci7 Quidditch Match.

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14 May

Attention: Booksellers Looking to Cancel Hotel Reservations for Children’s Institute

Booksellers who need to cancel their hotel reservations for Children’s Institute are asked to contact ABA’s Jill Perlstein instead of calling the hotel.

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14 May

Say Hello to Binc Staff in the ABA Member Lounge at BookExpo

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) will have a table set up in the ABA Member Lounge, where staff will offer advice and freebies to booksellers who come by.

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15 May

Participate in a Live Marketing Meetup at BookExpo

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

 
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15 May
Banned Books Week 2019 logo themed poster

Opt-In to Receive a Banned Books Week Kit

Banned Books Week promotion kits are now available to order via a form on BookWeb. This year’s theme is “Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark. Keep the Light On!” 
 
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15 May

Make an Advocacy Appointment for BookExpo 2019

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

Marketing Meetup Recap: Marketing the Well-Read Black Girl Book Club

The meetup, which featured founder Glory Edim and three guest booksellers, covered the different ways participating bookstores can market the WRBG book club.

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15 May

Sign Up for May 23 Marketing Meetup: “Hosting Community Writing Contests/Creating Original Content”

This is the second in a series of three Marketing Meetups focusing on topics related to IngramSpark, the print-on-demand book publishing service and e-book distribution tool.

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14 May
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Automated E-Newsletter Service for IndieCommerce/IndieLite Stores to Launch

This new, free, automated e-mail newsletter service will send five customized newsletters to IndieCommerce and IndieLite stores’ e-mail lists.

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13 May
2019 Summer Kids INL teaser

The Summer 2019 Kids’ Indie Next List Preview

Here is a preview of the 50 titles on the Summer 2019 Kids’ Indie Next List flier, arriving at stores in the upcoming May Kids’ Box.

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15 May

The Indie Mystery & Thriller 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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14 May
Afterwords Books in Edwardsville, Illinois.

Around Indies

Octavia, Garden District, Tubby & Coo's, Blue Cypress celebrate New Orleans IBD; Root & Press, Berry & Co., Paper Boat to open; Afterwords celebrates 10 years; The Fountain Bookstore included in Southern Living's Best Bookstores list; Barbara's, The Book Cellar, RoscoeBooks named best in Chicago; The Lit. Bar, The Brain Lair, Charis, Half Price, Reads & Company, Johns Creek featured in local news.

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