BTW - Week of June 28, 2019

28 Jun

Indie Booksellers Bring Enthusiasm, Excitement to Seventh Annual Children’s Institute

The city of Pittsburgh welcomed 330 children’s booksellers from 230 indie bookstores, 70 authors, and numerous publishers and bookselling friends this week for the 2019 ABC Children’s Institute.

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28 Jun

First Children’s Institute Town Hall Tackles Industry Problems and Solutions

Topics discussed included more education targeted to different types of bookstores, bookseller sustainability, and how children’s books are publicly perceived.

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27 Jun

Ci7 Keynote: Ann Patchett on How Owning a Bookstore Opens Doors

In addition to her keynote, Patchett attended Children’s Institute to promote her very first children’s book, Lambslide.

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27 Jun

James Patterson Honored at Children’s Institute

The author received a plaque in appreciation of his support of independent bookstores through his annual Holiday Bookstore Bonus program and other initiatives.

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28 Jun

Booksellers at Ci7 Talk Event Strategies at Well-Read Black Girl Book Club Workshop

Booksellers gathered to share ideas and discuss the issue of diversity in booksellers’ stores and communities. 

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28 Jun

ABA Seeks Feedback on Indie Next List Schedule, Format

ABA is assessing booksellers’ preferences when it comes to the monthly Indie Next List and quarterly Kids’ Indie Next List.

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28 Jun

Don’t Miss Your Chance to Submit to the ABACUS Survey!

To ensure the greatest number of participants, ABA has extended the deadline for ABACUS survey responses to Friday, July 12.

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28 Jun

Reminder: 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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28 Jun

Indie Bookstores Invited to Join Coordinated Cover Reveal for Adam Silvera’s “Infinity Son”

At 1:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, July 10, indie booksellers across the nation will unveil the book jacket and encourage customers to pre-order the title at their stores.

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26 Jun

Find Waldo Local Kicks Off July 1

Indie bookstores across the country are taking to social media in preparation for the eighth annual celebration of Find Waldo Local.

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25 Jun

Voting Now Open for Reader’s Digest’s “Nicest Places in America” Contest

The public has until Sunday, July 21, to vote online for the winner, who will be announced in mid-October and appear on the cover of Reader’s Digest.

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28 Jun

BTW News Briefs

DoJ files suit to block Quad/LSC merger; AAP submits filing on FTC hearings; Bustle covers diversity in publishing; NYT reports on Amazon business practices; Cully to retire as B&T president; Free Spirit offers information to indies post-B&T change; DC to reorganize; S&S to distribute Ulysses Press; Chronicle Books to distribute Levine Querido; Personnel changes at Orion Fiction, Crown and Hogarth

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27 Jun

Hearings Regarding Tariffs on Chinese Goods Conclude

At the hearings, representatives from the publishing and bookselling industries testified before the Office of U.S. Trade Representatives in opposition to the tariffs.

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26 Jun

Marketing Meetup Recap: Offering Printing & Publishing Services to Your Local Community

The online discussion featured guest speakers Josh Floyd of IngramSpark, Paul Hanson and Annabelle Barrett of Village Books, and Haley Chung of Politics & Prose.

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20 Jun

Learn More About Google Analytics at ABA’s First Technology Meetup

The July 2 session is the first of a new series within ABA’s education curriculum, which also includes the association’s Marketing Meetups, and will look at more technology-related topics. 

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27 Jun

Join the July 11 Marketing Meetup on “Catching the Romance Reader”

Attending booksellers will hear about best practices for marketing to the romance reader, get suggestions for planning events around romance books, and learn where to source romance title recommendations.

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28 Jun

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Margaret Renkl

In Late Migrations, “the ordinary becomes filled with wonderment and loss, and we discover that the shadow side of love is part of the life we all share,” says Sally Wizik Wills of Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery.

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28 Jun

The July ’19 Now in Paperback Flier & Shelf-Talkers

The July Indie Next List’s 12 Now in Paperback titles are featured with bookseller quotes on a downloadable flier and shelf-talkers.

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28 Jun

The Indie Love & Romance 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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27 Jun

Orca Books Transitions to Co-Op Business Model

The 27-year-old store will transition to a cooperative business model, which will invite a number of new business opportunities for the store and establish a succession plan.

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27 Jun

Around Indies

Page 1, Love’s Sweet Arrow now open; Fabled, Completely Booked to open; Avoid the Day tests storefront; Idle Time renamed Lost City; Children’s Book World, Well-Read Moose, Gathering Volumes celebrate anniversaries; Brookline Booksmith, Toadstool named best bookstores; McNally Jackson, Short Stories, Avid, Books of Wonder, Flyleaf, Left Bank, LA libreria, Midtown Scholar, Cupboard Maker, Aaron’s, Petunia’s Place, Sankofa, Lavender’s Bleu, and Dickens featured in local news.

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