BTW - Week of June 19, 2019

19 Jun

72 Hours in Pittsburgh: A Suggested Itinerary for Ci7

In the dozens of conversations I’ve had with friends and family about where my work travels are taking me next, I’ve been hearing the same refrain: “Pittsburgh is awesome!” See you there in seven days!

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19 Jun

A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

Here, ABA’s CEO reflects on the recent Annual Meeting at BookExpo and the many initiatives underway at the association.

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19 Jun

Staff at All ABA Member Stores Invited to Sign Up for BookWeb Access

There is no limit to the number of staff members at an ABA member store who can create their own account and access all the resources available on BookWeb.org. 

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19 Jun

Former B&T Bookstores Eligible for Free E-Commerce Service From ABA

As Baker & Taylor is closing its My Books and More e-commerce service, ABA members who will no longer have website support can sign up for three free months of IndieLite.

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19 Jun

A Checklist for Children’s Institute First-Timers

For many first-timers — or even seventh-timers — the event can be an overwhelming maze of education sessions, publisher talks, author signings, and networking opportunities. Here are some tips that can help.

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19 Jun

Booksellers to “Mix & Mingle” With Publisher Sponsors at Children’s Institute

Participating bookstores and publisher sponsors will meet for five minutes each, providing an opportunity to productively address issues of concern one-on-one.

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19 Jun

ABA to Hold First-Ever Children’s Institute Town Hall

The event will provide booksellers with the opportunity to express their opinions and concerns and to share ideas with ABA Board members and staff in a less formal setting. 

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19 Jun

Ci7 Attendees: Remember to Pack Books to Donate to Pittsburgh’s OASIS Tutoring Program

OASIS helps high-need children in first through fourth grades learn to read at grade level with the help of volunteer adults over age 50.

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19 Jun

Ci7 App: Use the Map

Children’s Institute attendees can check out maps of the host hotel and the city of Pittsburgh on the Ci7 app, among other helpful features.

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19 Jun

Registration Now Closed for Children’s Institute

Booksellers can reach out to ABA directly for last-minute entry into the ABC Children’s Institute and sign up on-site for the Events University, quidditch, and bookstore tours.

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19 Jun

Take a Sneak Peek at ABA’s Costumes for the Children’s Institute Costume Party!

ABA staff are putting the finishing touches on their costumes for the second Ci7 Welcome Reception and Costume Party, which all booksellers are encouraged to attend. 

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19 Jun

BTW to Arrive Next Friday From Children’s Institute

For its next issue, Bookselling This Week will be reporting from the seventh annual Children’s Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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19 Jun

Fill Out the BookExpo Survey by June 21

Responses will help ABA provide more enriching educational and networking opportunities in the future. 

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18 Jun

July 8 Application Deadline for Scholarships to Winter Institute 2020

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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18 Jun

Binc and Macmillan to Offer Scholarships to Nine Booksellers

The nine scholarships will be awarded to booksellers from underrepresented groups to cover the cost of travel, lodging, and meals at a fall regional show.

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19 Jun

One Week Left to Submit to the ABACUS Survey

“ABACUS not only helps me run my business better, but it also allows ABA to illustrate to our industry partners the economic realities of indie bookstore operations,” said ABA Board President Jamie Fiocco.

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18 Jun

Hedge Fund Deal to Buy Barnes & Noble to Go Forward as No New Bids Announced

Although book distributor Readerlink was reported to be planning a rival offer for the company, B&N did not receive a new bid as of the third-party deadline for its agreement with Elliott Management Corp.

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19 Jun

Small Press Profile: Magination Press

Magination Press is the children’s book imprint of the American Psychological Association and publishes titles on social and emotional learning as well as books centered on mental health and wellness.

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19 Jun

BTW News Briefs

Ingram considers West Coast fulfillment options; Harry Potter augmented reality game set for launch; Joy Harjo named U.S. Poet Laureate; Patterson and Follett partner for “All Books for All Kids”; Lerner Publishing to distribute Zest Books; Personnel changes at Longleaf Services, Crown and Tim Duggan Books; Children’s and Teen Choice Book Award, NYPL Young Lions Fiction Award, CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Award, and International Dublin Literary Award winners announced

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14 Jun

Retail Sales at Bookstores Up in April

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were up by 3.4 percent in April 2019 compared to April 2018, according to preliminary figures recently released by the Bureau of the Census.

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19 Jun

ABA President Jamie Fiocco Testifies in Opposition to Tariffs on Books Printed in China

The Trump administration has proposed imposing a 25 percent tariff on $300 billion worth of manufactured goods imported into the U.S., including books.

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18 Jun

House Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing Into Anti-competitive Power of Big Tech

The committee heard from executives of News Corp. and the News Media Alliance, who discussed the power that platforms like Google and Facebook have over the way news today is delivered and consumed.

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19 Jun

ABA Launches New Technology Meetup Series

The first technology meetup, focusing on Google Analytics, will be held on July 2 as part of a new series within ABA’s education curriculum, which also includes the association’s Marketing Meetups. 

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20 Jun

Spots Open for IngramSpark Marketing Meetup on June 20

During the video discussion, booksellers will hear from two independent bookstores that are offering printing, publishing, and author services to their local communities.

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19 Jun

Bookseller Tips & Tricks: Connecting with Readers in Digital Ways

At an event hosted by Publishers Weekly and the Center for Publishing at New York University’s School of Professional Studies, Books Are Magic’s Emma Straub offered some valuable tips for booksellers.

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18 Jun

A Q&A With Lisa Taddeo, Author of July’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

”Compulsive and psychologically riveting, Three Women reads like a novel,” said Michaela Carter of Peregrine Book Company.

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17 Jun

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Regina Porter

“I’m blown away by the fact that this stunning work is a debut effort,” said The Book Catapult’s Vanessa Diaz of The Travelers.

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19 Jun

What’s in a Name?: Righton Books

Here, Righton Books owner Darryl Peck talks with Bookselling This Week about transitioning to the world of independent bookstores. 

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18 Jun

Binc’s Third “Bookseller Stories” Newsletter: “You Kept the Heat On”

The third volume of the Book Industry Charitable Foundation’s Bookseller Stories newsletter featured a bookseller who reached out to Binc for financial help after their utility company threatened to turn off the heat in their house.

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19 Jun

Around Indies

Turning the Page, Semicolon now open; McNally Jackson to open new location; Busboys and Poets features new bookstore section; Three Lives & Company reopens; Snowbound, Neighborhood Reads, Solid State celebrate anniversaries; The Bookloft relocates; Staff news at Bookmarks, Joseph-Beth; Ray Hillenbrand dies at 84; Merritt, Pagination, Deep Vellum, Wild Detectives, Interabang, and Half Price featured in local news. 

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