BTW - Week of August 14, 2019

14 Aug

N.K. Jemisin Named 2019 Indies First Spokesperson

The author of the Broken Earth series and How Long ’til Black Future Month? will be promoting this year’s celebration of Indies First, which takes place on Small Business Saturday, November 30.

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14 Aug

American Booksellers Association Launches Entrepreneurial Excellence Award

This new award recognizes and celebrates the achievements of booksellers whose creativity and ideas have helped improve their bookstore’s operations and/or foster relationships within the local community.

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14 Aug

Booksellers Invited to Join Exclusive Cover Reveal for Eoin Colfer’s “Highfire”

On Wednesday, August 21, booksellers who have signed up will get the final cover and pre-order graphics to share.

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14 Aug

Save the Date: Children’s Institute 2020

The ABC Children’s Group’s 2020 Children’s Institute will be held in Tucson, Arizona, from Monday, June 22, through Wednesday, June 24.

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13 Aug

Macmillan Publishers Launches Expedited Shipping for Independent Bookstores

Shipments to ship-to locations within the continental U.S. that have standard ground shipping times of three business days or greater from Macmillan’s Gordonsville warehouse will be made by two-day air.

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13 Aug

Binc Announces Winners of 2019 Macmillan Booksellers Professional Development Scholarships

“It is heartening to see the passion our applicants have for bookselling and spreading acceptance and tolerance in their communities,” said Macmillan’s Malati Chavali.

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14 Aug

BTW News Briefs

Authors file second suit against Cengage; Coalition for Books launches in New Zealand; Libro.fm expands ALC program; IPG, Ingram announce distribution deals with new publishers; Personnel changes at Scholastic, Flatiron, Welbeck, Equinox Books; We Need Diverse Books summer fundraiser ongoing; Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year longlist announced; Kristin Keith Sales Rep of the Year, Massachusetts Book Award winners announced

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14 Aug

SIBA Discovery Show to Feature ABA Education Session on Independent Bookstore Day

The American Booksellers Association will present the education session “Independent Bookstore Day: Celebrate With Success” at the September 13–15 SIBA Discovery Show in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

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14 Aug

Meet With the IndieCommerce Team at the Fall Regional Trade Shows

At this fall’s regional trade shows, booksellers can sign up for one-on-one meetings with IndieCommerce staff to discuss the IndieCommerce and IndieLite e-commerce platforms.

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14 Aug

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

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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13 Aug

Join ABA’s August 22 Marketing Meetup to Learn About Holiday Marketing

One in five U.S. consumers will likely be making their first holiday purchases in October — or earlier — so booksellers should get their holiday marketing plans underway as soon as possible.

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14 Aug

Ordering Underway for the ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalog

The full-color, 16-page consumer circular, which is slated to be in stores in September, features nearly 200 frontlist and backlist titles for children and teens, all suggested by ABA member booksellers.

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13 Aug

Let ABA Know Your Childcare Needs for Winter Institute 2020

Anyone who is planning to attend Winter Institute and will be needing childcare is asked to fill out a survey by no later than October 1.

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14 Aug

The Furry Faces of ABA: An Overview of Staff Pets

Bookselling This Week surveyed members of the American Booksellers Association staff about the dogs, cats, and other creatures they have waiting for them after a day at the ABA office.

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14 Aug

ABFE Free Speech Report: Antitrust and When Is a Private Company Not So Private Anymore

Here, ABA’s David Grogan looks at potential interference in the U.S. election process, recent efforts by the Kids’ Right to Read Project to halt censorship in school libraries, and more.

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14 Aug

Religious Titles Escape Tariffs in Trade War, Children’s Books Tariffs Delayed

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced Tuesday that religious books, including Bibles, will be excluded from the Trump administration’s 10 percent tariff on goods imported from China, while tariffs on children’s books will be delayed to December 15.

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13 Aug

Ci7 Education: Events University

The session offered booksellers the opportunity to learn best practices for hosting events in-store and off-site, including partnering with schools and libraries, hosting large-scale events, and using alternate venues.

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14 Aug

Ci7 Education: Small Acts for Financial Gain

Bookstore panelists spoke about how to identify small costs that add up, where to look for savings, small actions booksellers can take to impact overall savings and sales, and more.

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14 Aug

Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses Program Helps Bookseller Find Success

“Like most of us in bookselling,” says Ariana Paliobagis of Country Bookshelf, “we come to this business not from a business background, but from a love of books and a love of community, so there’s a lot about running a business that we can still learn.”

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14 Aug

Technology Meetup Recap: SMS Services

During the session, booksellers heard from colleagues who are using various SMS services to communicate and engage with customers.

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14 Aug

Marketing Meetup Recap: Marketing Multi-Store Events

Booksellers discussed strategies for planning and marketing such events as Independent Bookstore Day, Find Waldo Local, and Here’s Harry. 

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14 Aug

The Fall 2019 Kids’ Indie Next List Preview

Here is a preview of the 50 titles on the Fall 2019 Kids’ Indie Next List flier, arriving at stores in the upcoming Kids’ Box mailing.

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14 Aug

What’s in a Name? Love’s Sweet Arrow

Mother-daughter duo and avid romance readers Marissa and Roseann Backlin opened Love’s Sweet Arrow, a new and used romance bookstore, in Tinley Park, Illinois, this past June. 

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14 Aug

Around Indies

Sandcastle Tales opens; Erin Rivera takes over Frugal Frigate; Book + Bottle, Madison Street to open; Sweetwood, Adventure Bound, Ivy move; Narrow Gauge celebrates first year; Branches Books and Gifts named Business of the Year; Drew Sieplinga featured on The Moth; Main Street Books, Brewster, Third Street, The Bookstore, Love’s Sweet Arrow, Nantucket Bookworks, Wild Detectives, Porter Square, Northshire, Jane Addams, Old Town, Birchbark, Books Are Magic, Turnrow, Literati featured in local news. 

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