BTW - Week of June 12, 2019

11 Jun

Raise Money for Binc! Play the Heads or Tails Game at Children’s Institute

Throughout the institute, booksellers can donate to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation by buying festive, flashing pins for the opportunity to win $250.

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12 Jun

Batch for Books Electronic Invoicing System Heads to the U.S.

The software-assisted service helps initiate payments between vendors and bookstore retailers at no cost to bookstores.

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12 Jun

A Report on the May 2019 ABA Board Meeting

The American Booksellers Association’s Board of Directors met on May 27–28, 2019, in White Plains, New York, just prior to the start of BookExpo, to address a number of issues.

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11 Jun

Children’s Institute Book Drive to Collect Titles for Local Literacy Organization

ABA will be collecting children’s books for the OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring Program, which is affiliated with Literacy Pittsburgh, at the Welcome Desk and Ask ABA Desk.

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07 Jun

Won’t You Join Your Neighbors for Movie Night at Children’s Institute?

Attendees at the seventh Children’s Institute in Pittsburgh will be treated to a private screening of the recent Fred Rogers documentary.

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12 Jun

Snag Your Spot for Quidditch, Bookstore Tours at Children’s Institute

Booksellers and publishers are invited to take part in a quidditch match at Ci7, where they will be coached by Pittsburgh’s Steel City Quidditch Club. Registration for bookstore tours is still open as well.

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10 Jun

Tips for Showcasing Children’s Institute on Social Media

The ABC Children’s Institute is a perfect opportunity to share a unique bookselling experience with customers, friends and family, and fellow booksellers on social media.

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10 Jun

Ci7 App: Make Your Own Schedule

Among other functions, the app allows users to access the Children’s Institute schedule along with full session descriptions, and then create their own customized agendas.

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12 Jun

Check Out the Children’s Institute Consultation Station and Meet ABA’s Affiliated Business Partners

The Consultation Station, located in the Doubletree’s GreenTree Ballroom Foyer, will be open on Thursday, June 27, for two separate time blocks.

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10 Jun

Know Before You Go: Check Out ABA’s Code of Conduct

Last year, ABA announced the establishment of a new code of conduct for all association meetings and events, which is available for review on BookWeb.

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12 Jun

ABC Group Unveils 2019 Best Books for Young Readers Catalog Cover Art

An image from the picture book Babymoon (Candlewick), written by Hayley Barrett and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal, is featured on the cover of the 2019 catalog.

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12 Jun

Hedge Fund Agrees to Buy Barnes & Noble, But Readerlink May Present Competing Offer

B&N announced Friday it had reached a deal to be acquired by hedge fund Elliott Management, but the Wall Street Journal reported Monday that book distributor Readerlink may offer a competing bid.

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11 Jun

Preparations Heat Up for Inaugural Bookstore Romance Day; Promotional Graphics Now Available

On Saturday, August 17, the first Bookstore Romance Day will unite independent bookstores, readers, and writers across the country in celebration of the romance literary genre.

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12 Jun

Glory Edim to Lead Well-Read Black Girl Workshop at Children’s Institute

Attendees who are interested in starting their own Well-Read Black Girl book clubs can participate in an interactive education workshop with founder Glory Edim.

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11 Jun

Book Soup Hosts Its Inaugural Well-Read Black Girl Book Club Meeting

For the store’s first meeting, attendees discussed Edim’s Well-Read Black Girl, an anthology with contributions from Jesmyn Ward, Jacqueline Woodson, and Tayari Jones, among other prominent women writers of color.

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11 Jun

Hosting a Well-Read Black Girl Book Club: Running a Book Club Discussion

The third chapter in the Well-Read Black Girl Ambassador Orientation and Book Club Starter Guide will help participating booksellers facilitate book club discussions.

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10 Jun

MVB Launches Direct Ordering Program for Indies

On Monday, June 10, MVB U.S. CEO Ted Hill announced the creation of a program for booksellers who may be impacted by the forthcoming closure of Baker & Taylor’s retail wholesale business.

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11 Jun

BTW News Briefs

PRH to acquire F+W publishing assets; Harlequin Studios launched; S&S to distribute Mrs Wordsmith, Tanglewood; Personnel changes at Simon & Schuster, Harper, Little, Brown; CLMP Firecracker Awards, PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story, Women’s Prize for Fiction winners announced; Orwell Prize shortlist announced

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12 Jun

Deadline Extended: Submit to ABACUS-18 by June 26

By filling out the ABACUS survey, booksellers will receive a full benchmarking report, a customized bookstore performance report, and a range of online tools that provide a variety of specific analyses.

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12 Jun

Taping Dates Available for #HarperCollinsLovesIndies Facebook Live Program

Participating stores will create a streaming Facebook Live video on a select Thursday that features store staff talking about titles they have been reading, loving, and recommending. 

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11 Jun

NSA Highlights Danger of New Windows Bug BlueKeep

This bug is being used to infect systems with ransomware; it represents a critical security vulnerability to all Windows systems released in the past 18 years.

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11 Jun

Marketing Meetup Recap: Best Practices for Marketing Sidelines

“We like to keep it relevant. We don’t ever want someone to walk in and say, ‘Is this a gift store or a bookstore?’” said Nicole Sullivan of BookBar.

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11 Jun

Sign Up for the June 20 Marketing Meetup: “Offering Printing & Publishing Services to Your Local Community”

In this Marketing Meetup, the last in a three-part series presented by IngramSpark, booksellers will hear from two independent bookstores that offer printing and publishing services to local authors.

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12 Jun

Join the “Handling Fraudulent Orders: Online and In-store” IndieCommerce Webinar on June 20

This latest webinar presented by the IndieCommerce team will highlight certain common fraudulent behaviors and scams and review basic measures for fraud protection that booksellers can follow.

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10 Jun

IndieCommunication: One-on-One Meetings at Ci7; Upcoming Marketing Meetups

The most recent IndieCommunication reminded booksellers to schedule a one-on-one session at Children’s Institute and to participate in three upcoming marketing meetups.

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10 Jun

An Indies Introduce Q&A with Alexandra Villasante

Casey Leidig of Green Apple Books on the Park calls The Grief Keeper “topical, thought-provoking, beautifully written, and absolutely essential reading.”

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12 Jun

The Indie Comics & Graphic Works 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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11 Jun

A Roundup of Results From BTW’s One-Second Survey

Check Bookselling This Week each Wednesday for a new one-second survey and catch the results in the following week’s issue. If you don’t want to miss out, subscribe to Bookselling This Week now.

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12 Jun

Indies Celebrate Pride From Coast to Coast

From parade floats and story times to reading lists and open mics, here are the many ways independent bookstores are celebrating Pride and the LGBTQ+ community this June.

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12 Jun

Around Indies

Righton, Sag Harbor, Wilson Book Gallery, Canvasback now open; Love’s Sweet Arrow, Bodacious to open; Reads and Company celebrates grand opening; Three Lives opens sidewalk shop; Redbery expands; Pegasus, Book Soup, Monkey See, Writer’s Block, River Dog celebrate anniversaries; Lit. Bar owner manages Sonia Sotomayor signing; Bookshop Santa Cruz launches Book Group Ambassador Program; Tattered Cover launches Big Summer Read; Bookends & Beginnings, Mil Mundos, E. Shaver, Avid, A Cappella, Well-Read Moose, Auntie’s, Paulina Springs featured in local news, and more.

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