BTW - Week of July 31, 2019

31 Jul

Well-Read Black Girl Book Club Founder Glory Edim Announces Fall Titles

In a letter to booksellers, Edim shares her excitement about indie bookstores’ participation in the program and reveals the titles book clubs should be reading and discussing at ABA member bookstores this fall.

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31 Jul

A Report on the July 2019 ABA Board Meeting

The American Booksellers Association’s Board of Directors heard from President Jamie Fiocco on her activities on behalf of the association and from CEO Oren Teicher on his activities since the last full Board meeting.

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30 Jul

Check Out These ABA Pre-Order Calendar Highlights

The Pre-Order Calendar, updated on a regular basis, outlines for booksellers upcoming titles with good pre-order potential, the books’ publication dates, and details for ordering from publishers.

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29 Jul

Sign Up to Join ABA’s August 8 Marketing Meetup

In the second of two meetups on how to organize and market multi-store events, bookseller speakers will discuss Independent Bookstore Day in addition to other shop local events, such as Find Waldo Local and Here’s Harry.

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29 Jul

August Indie Next List e-Newsletter to Deliver to More Than 546,000 Customers

Booksellers can sign up now to send their customers the Indie Next List e-newsletter, powered by Shelf Awareness.

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29 Jul

Scholastic Launches Ordering Program for New Indie Bookstores

Through the program, new bookstores or new branch locations are eligible for additional discounts and dating on their initial order.

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31 Jul

ABA’s Marketing Meetups Offer Booksellers a Forum for Learning and Networking

“Booksellers don’t have time to reinvent things, so borrow from your friends and colleagues who are also super smart and passionate about our industry,” says Jessica Hahl of Country Bookshelf.

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31 Jul

BTW News Briefs

Immigrant, refugee authors sign open letter protesting border detention centers; PW Star Watch honorees announced; S&S to distribute Aconyte; National Association of College Stores announces new CEO; KJ Grow named Shambhala publisher; Personnel changes at Macmillan Children’s, Penguin Press, Chronicle Books; First Novel Prize longlist, Library of Virginia Literary Award finalists, Willie Morris Award finalists, RITA Award winners, Miles Franklin Literary Award winners announced

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29 Jul

Local Policy Action Spotlight: Nine Policies Your City Can Adopt to Grow Independent Businesses

The toolkit “is an invaluable resource that can help independent booksellers effectively advocate to lawmakers at the local, state, and federal level,” said ABA’s David Grogan.

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31 Jul

IndieCommerce One-on-Ones Offer “Quick and Easy” Solutions

“I think one-on-ones are the best way to get the most out of the money paid for an IndieCommerce site,” said Casey Gerken of Innisfree Bookshop.

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31 Jul

Ci7 Education: Working With Title 1 Schools

Bookseller panelists at the Children’s Institute session shared tips for approaching Title 1 schools and building community partnerships and discussed how such partnerships can be effective and profitable.

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31 Jul

Ci7 Education: Talking Productively About Content Issues in Children’s Literature

Attendees were encouraged to participate in an honest discussion about issues surfacing in kids’ books regarding content related to race, culture, individuality, and identity.

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30 Jul

Marketing Meetup Recap: Marketing Multi-Store Events

In this session, bookseller speakers discussed Independent Bookstore Day and how regional businesses can put together bookstore crawls and passports.

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30 Jul

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Margaret Owen

Raissa Larson of King’s Books called Owen’s debut, The Merciful Crow, an “excellent fantasy full of action, adventure, and magic.”

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31 Jul

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

The August 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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29 Jul

Libro.fm Announces August Audiobook Bestsellers, NPR Partnership Opportunity

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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31 Jul

Around Indies

High Five, Commonplace Reader to open; Women & Children First, Norwich celebrate anniversaries; Michelle Haring named Bookseller of the Year by RWA; Half Price named best bookstore in San Antonio; New Dominion bookseller makes Good Night Moon-inspired sign; Bookshop Santa Cruz launches Bookshop Caucus; Bookmarks to host 15th annual Festival of Books & Authors; Book Suey, Birchbark, Second Star to the Right, The Last Bookstore, Binnacle, Hennessey & Ingalls, Harbor Books, McNally Jackson, Changing Hands featured in local news.

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