BTW - Week of June 5, 2019

05 Jun

Children’s Institute at Your Fingertips: Download the Ci7 App

Attendees can use the app to access the Children’s Institute schedule, create customized agendas, message fellow attendees, view keynote speakers and appearing authors, and more.

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05 Jun
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You’re Invited! Second Annual Costume Party to Take Place at Children’s Institute

The Ci7 Welcome Reception and Costume Party will kick off the 2019 Children’s Institute on Wednesday, June 26.

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03 Jun

Sign Up for IndieCommerce One-on-One Meetings at Children’s Institute

Booksellers are encouraged to sign up for one-on-ones with members of ABA’s IndieCommerce team, open to current IndieCommerce and IndieLite members as well as to non-members.

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03 Jun

Join in the Conversation at Point-of-Sale User Groups at Children’s Institute

Discussions will focus on integrating POS systems with IndieCommerce websites; representatives from IBID, Booklog, Wordstock, and IndieCommerce will be on hand.

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05 Jun

Children’s Book Art Up for Grabs at Ci7

Ten pieces of original artwork created by children’s book illustrators will be raffled off later this month at the 2019 ABC Children’s Institute.

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04 Jun

BookExpo Education: “The Power of Retail: Making Books, Authors and Building Community”

The panel, which was moderated by Lynn Neary of NPR, featured commentary on book retail from ABA CEO Oren Teicher, Penguin Random House U.S. CEO Madeline McIntosh, and other industry leaders.

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03 Jun

BookExpo Education: “The State of the Publishing Industry Today”

At a BookExpo education session, NPD Book Executive Director David Walter showed booksellers the latest trends in the U.S. book market, based on data from the industry data analysis company.

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03 Jun
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Summer/Fall 2019 Indies Introduce Signup Ends June 7

This year, publishers are once again offering specials on titles chosen for the Summer/Fall 2019 Indies Introduce program.

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03 Jun
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June 12 Deadline Nears for ABACUS-18 Financial Benchmarking Survey

ABACUS is “as necessary to our business as a point of sale system, a website, or phone system,” said Len Vlahos of Tattered Cover Book Store.

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03 Jun

Deadline Extended: Apply for a Scholarship to Winter Institute 2020 by July 1

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

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05 Jun
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New Counterspeak Episode Available Now

In this episode, Joshua Clark Davis discusses his book, From Head Shops to Whole Foods: The Rise and Fall of Activist Entrepreneurs, which focuses on the role of small businesses in political movements in the 20th century.

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04 Jun

Panorama Project Highlights Sales Opportunities for Booksellers

Panorama Picks provides booksellers with localized, curated lists of books that library patrons are waiting to borrow. 

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05 Jun

Binc Announces Eight Winners of 2019 Higher Education Scholarships

Seven $3,500 scholarships were awarded to dependents of booksellers, and one $5,000 scholarship went to a current indie bookseller who has overcome learning adversity or is a non‐traditional student.

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03 Jun

June Indie Next List e-Newsletter to Deliver to More Than 538,000 Customers

The June Indie Next List e-newsletter, powered by Shelf Awareness, will be sent to more than 538,000 customers at 141 ABA member stores on Thursday, June 6.

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05 Jun

BTW News Briefs

Two Rivers Distribution adds five publishers; Andrews McMeel to publish Epic Originals; Personnel changes at Brandeis University Press, Avid Reader Press, Scholastic, Granta, Ingram Content Group; Lambda Literary Awards, PEN Pinter Prize winners announced

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05 Jun
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Amazon Being Scrutinized for Antitrust Violations, Reports Say

The House of Representatives Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law opened an investigation into whether big tech companies are in violation of antitrust laws.

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05 Jun
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Marketing Meetup Recap: Live at BookExpo 2019

Booksellers discussed managing digital marketing campaigns and carrying them out successfully across newsletters, blogs, social media platforms, and websites while maintaining a consistent store brand.

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04 Jun

Reminder: June 6 Marketing Meetup “Best Practices for Marketing Sidelines”

In this Marketing Meetup, participating booksellers will hear about best practices and general advice for marketing non-book items to customers, as well as some popular items and other less-popular ones.

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04 Jun
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The July 2019 Indie Next List Preview

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

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04 Jun

An Indies Introduce Q&A With De’Shawn Charles Winslow

In In West Mills, De’Shawn Charles Winslow “created a terrific group of characters and put together a wonderful story of lifelong friendship,” said RoscoeBooks’ Erika VanDam.

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04 Jun

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Rajani LaRocca

“Shakespeare and baking — it’s the book combo dreams are made of,” said The Book Cellar’s Liz Rice of Midsummer’s Mayhem.

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04 Jun

Libro.fm’s June 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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05 Jun
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Around Indies

Reads & Company to open; Bookshop Santa Cruz opens mini shop; Bookends & Beginnings celebrates 5th anniversary; Books & Company wins IBD window contest; M and M, Purple Crow featured in local news.

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