BTW - Week of July 24, 2019

24 Jul

Independent Bookstore Day to be the Focus of ABA Education at Fall Regional Shows

This year’s educational session from ABA will offer an overview of the event and tips from booksellers who have successfully made the best of the national celebration of indie bookstores.

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24 Jul

Join the ABA Community in Edelweiss+ to Submit to the Indie Next List

The process for submitting titles to the Indie Next List via Edelweiss now requires booksellers to join the ABA Community and provide their ABA member ID number.

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24 Jul

Bookseller Associations Take on Environmental Efforts

The Booksellers Association of the U.K. and Ireland has debuted a green bookselling manifesto, while the American Booksellers Association is wrapping up a bookseller survey on environmental sustainability.

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23 Jul

Booksellers Asked to Provide 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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24 Jul

Sign Up to Join ABA’s July 25 Marketing Meetup

In the first of two meetups on how to organize and market multi-store events, bookseller speakers will focus on Independent Bookstore Day and how regional businesses put together bookstore crawls and passports. 

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24 Jul

U.S. Department of Justice Will Review Business Practices of Big Tech

The DOJ review could indicate a significant change in the department’s stance in antitrust enforcement.

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22 Jul

European Commission Opens Formal Investigation into Amazon

The investigation aims to assess whether Amazon’s use of sensitive data from independent retailers that sell on its marketplace is in breach of European Union competition rules.

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23 Jul

Face Out: ABA President Jamie Fiocco on Her Life Among Books

Flyleaf Books owner Jamie Fiocco, who was elected president of the ABA Board this past May, talks about her earliest experiences with books and reading, her goals as a board president, and more.

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24 Jul

Introducing Two New ABA Staff Members: Stephany Choi and Lauren Anastasio

The association recently welcomed Educational Content Coordinator Stephany Choi and Membership and Database Assistant Lauren Anastasio to the ABA team.

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24 Jul

Announcing the Ripped Bodice Awards for Excellence in Romantic Fiction

The inaugural class of 12 honorees will be announced on Valentine’s Day 2020; monetary prizes will be furnished by such sponsors as Sony Pictures Television.

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23 Jul

Binc’s Bookseller Stories: A Bedbug Infestation and No Way Out

The latest volume of the Book Industry Charitable Foundation’s Bookseller Stories newsletter featured a bookseller who reached out to Binc for financial help due to a bedbug infestation.

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24 Jul

BTW News Briefs

Quad, LSC call off deal; Harlequin reorganizes; PRH buys F+W Books; Workman to distribute Familius; ComicHub to supply graphic novel, comics sales data to NPD BookScan; WNDB launches fundraiser; Man Booker Prize longlist announced; Will Eisner Comic Industry Award winners announced; Dayton Literary Peace Prize names winner of distinguished achievement award; NEIBA announces book award finalists; Church of the Graveyard Saints chosen for Four Corners/One Book program

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24 Jul

Get Schooled: Watch Ci7 Education Session Videos Now on BookWeb

Topics include author event grids, conducting a diversity audit, the art of reading aloud, and more.

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24 Jul

Technically Speaking: Roving and Mobile Point-of-Sale Systems

Director of ABA Technology Greg Galloway offers a look at how booksellers use mobile point-of-sale systems in their stores and offsite and talks with the various POS vendors who offer such systems.

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24 Jul

Ci7 Education: Conducting a Diversity Audit

During the session, booksellers learned how to assess the inclusiveness of their inventory by conducting a diversity audit. A full video of the session is available on BookWeb.

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24 Jul

Booksellers Glean Insight from IndieCommerce/Point-of-Sale User Groups

“It’s always incredibly helpful to talk to someone else who uses your POS and with the provider as well,” said Hannah Oliver Depp of Loyalty Bookstore.

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23 Jul

A Q&A With Colson Whitehead, Author of August’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

The Nickel Boys is “a mystery and a thriller, a treatise on race and social injustice, and a literary masterpiece all rolled into one,” said Michelle Malonzo of Changing Hands.

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23 Jul

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Rebecca Kim Wells

“As YA fantasy grows ever more complex, Shatter the Sky stands out as having a classic feel — familiar, simple, but impeccably executed,” says Casey Leidig of Green Apple Books on the Park.

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24 Jul

What’s in a Name?: Penguin Bookshop

Penguin Bookshop, which opened in 1929, will be celebrating 90 years in business this October.

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24 Jul

Around Indies

House of Books, Writers’ Workshoppe under new ownership; Hooray for Books reopens; Square, Chapters, Bridgeside celebrate anniversaries; Midtown Reader bookseller to compete on Jeopardy; Books & Books, Silver Unicorn, Curious Iguana, Turning the Page, Round Table, Book Exchange and Bible Bookstore, M. Judson, Gibson’s, Toadstool, White Birch, Innisfree, Water Street, Monkey See Monkey Do, Deep Vellum, Wild Detectives featured in local news.

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Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.

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