BTW - Week of August 7, 2019

07 Aug

Booksellers Nationwide Wrap Up Eighth Annual Find Waldo Local

This July, independent booksellers nationwide celebrated another year of Find Waldo Local, the shop-local challenge co-sponsored by Candlewick Press and the American Booksellers Association.

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07 Aug

Booksellers Gear Up for Inaugural Bookstore Romance Day

Bookstore Romance Day, which aims celebrate the genre and strengthen the relationship between bookstores and the community, will be held on August 17. 

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07 Aug

BTW Asks Smaller Stores: How Do You Handle Pre-Orders?

BTW spoke to four owners of smaller and/or micro-stores stores who offered insight on how they manage pre-orders and what they do to promote the option to customers. 

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07 Aug

Booksellers Invited to Host Screenings of New Documentary “Suppressed: The Fight to Vote”

The film weaves together personal stories from voters across the state of Georgia to paint a picture of voter suppression in America.

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07 Aug

BTW News Briefs

Toni Morrison dies; Barnes & Noble sale to Elliott Advisors completed; U.S. threatens Chinese tariffs again; Circe to become HBO series; Harper Focus launching new imprint; Casemate to distribute Dufour editions; Clare Hey joins S&S U.K.; Personnel changes at Simon & Schuster, Dutton, AAP, Penguin; NAIBA’s Joe Draybak Handseller Award, 2019 Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award winners announced

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07 Aug

Ordering Opens for ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalog

“This has helped us increase business and increase awareness of our store,” said Heather Hebert of Children’s Book World.

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07 Aug

ABA Seeks Feedback on Childcare Options for 2020 Winter Institute

Booksellers, publishers, authors, and others who plan to attend the 15th annual Winter Institute in Baltimore are invited to fill out a survey to help ABA gauge interest in childcare options for the event.

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07 Aug

Sign Up to Join ABA’s August 8 Marketing Meetup, August 13 Technology Meetup

ABA now offers two opportunities for live online education: a twice-monthly Marketing Meetup and a monthly Technology Meetup. All booksellers are invited to participate in these online conversations.

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06 Aug

IndieCommerce One-on-Ones to be Held at the Fall Regional Shows

Next week, booksellers can begin setting up appointments to meet one-on-one with the IndieCommerce team at the upcoming regional trade shows.

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07 Aug

Booksellers Invited to Choose Five Backlist Titles by Indie Publishers for Winter Reading Group Flier

Starting today, ABA member booksellers can vote for their five favorite backlist titles from a list of 19 books nominated by members of the Independent Publishers Caucus.

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07 Aug

Nominate a Colleague for a Holiday Bookstore Bonus From James Patterson

Bookstore employees, publishing professionals, authors, and bookstore shoppers can all submit bonus nominations on behalf of any current indie bookstore employee of an ABA member store.

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06 Aug

Indie Business Survey: Amazon Monopoly a Key Threat

The findings indicate that small business owners don’t believe the primary problems facing their businesses are technology or consumer habit but rather an uneven playing field.

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07 Aug

New “Counterspeak” Episode Available Now

This episode of ABA’s free speech podcast features conversations with Jonathan Hamilt, co-founder of Drag Queen Story Hour, and Media Coalition Executive Director David Horowitz.

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07 Aug

IndieCommunication: Changing Passwords to Combat Hacking

The most recent IndieCommunication looks at creating strong and unique passwords.

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07 Aug

Ci7 Education: Marketing Events to Ensure a Home Run

Booksellers shared information about opportunities for advertisement; areas for potential partnerships for cross-marketing; marketing timelines; using social media to maximize your posts’ impact; and more.

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07 Aug

Ci7 Education: Small Footprint, Big Impact

Attendees learned about the logistics of hosting an in-store event; crowd management in a small space; inventory management in a small stockroom; and keeping it fresh with inventive displays.

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07 Aug

The September 2019 Indie Next List Preview

Here are the 20 Indie Next Great Reads and 12 Now in Paperback titles featured on the September 2019 Indie Next List flier, which is on its way to stores in the IndieBound movement.

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07 Aug

The Indie Mystery & Thriller 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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07 Aug

Around Indies

Books on the Pond now open; Lark and Owl to host grand opening; Rediscovered, Half Price to open new locations; Patchouli Joe’s to open; Between Books 2.0 relocates; Cabot St. sold, renamed Copper Dog Books; Weller Book Works, Yellowknife Book Cellar, Main Street celebrate anniversaries; Staff changes at Seminary Coop; Doylestown to offer subscription service; Source, Pages, Underground Railroad Reading Station, Carmichael’s, Ripped Bodice, Phoenix, Semicolon, Browseabout, Wild Detectives, Book Barn, Village Square, Malaprop’s, Trident, Pagination mentioned in local news. 

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