BTW - Week of September 4, 2019

04 Sep

A Letter From ABA CEO Oren Teicher

Here, Teicher talks about the many opportunities for networking and education at the fall regional trade shows, plus important dates to make note of for Winter Institute.

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04 Sep

Indie Booksellers Name the 20 Indies Introduce Debut Titles for Winter/Spring 2020

Booksellers can sign up now to take advantage of special publisher offers on the 10 adult and 10 kids’ titles chosen by booksellers as the top debuts of the upcoming publishing season.

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04 Sep

Online Bookstore to Benefit Indie Bookstores to Debut in January

Bookshop offers a simple, intuitive purchase process across platforms that eases the way for casual online book browsers to become indie customers.

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03 Sep

ABA Invites Members to Join Green Bookselling Task Force

This follows ABA’s recent survey on environmental sustainability that hundreds of booksellers participated in; the responses help inform the workings of the task force.

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04 Sep

ABA Heads to SIBA, NCIBA, SCIBA Trade Shows in September

Join ABA staff at this year’s shows, where ABA will present the new education session “Independent Bookstore Day: Celebrate With Success.”

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04 Sep

Edelweiss Updates Process for Nominating Titles for the Indie Next List

Booksellers who do not use Edelweiss can still submit nominations to the Indie Next List on NetGalley and by filling out the nomination form on BookWeb.org.

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04 Sep

Application Process Ongoing for ABA’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Award

The award recognizes the achievements of booksellers whose ideas, creativity, and execution have improved store operations, fostered community relationships, inspired new efficiencies, and more. 

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04 Sep

Titles Announced for ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalog

Booksellers have until Friday, September 6, to order the full-color, 16-page consumer circular, which is slated to land in stores later this month.

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04 Sep

Reminder: Nominations Open for James Patterson’s Holiday Bookstore Bonus

Author James Patterson will select winners from bookstores across the U.S. to receive bonuses this holiday season. The grant application asks one question: “Why does this bookseller deserve a holiday bonus?” 

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03 Sep

September Indie Next List to Deliver to More Than 547,000 Customers

The September Indie Next List e-newsletter, powered by Shelf Awareness, will be sent to more than 547,000 customers at 145 ABA member stores on Thursday, September 5. Booksellers can sign up now to join the growing program.

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03 Sep

Politics & Prose Sells Nearly 17,000 Books at 2019 National Book Festival

According to Bradley Graham, who co-owns Politics & Prose with his wife, Lissa Muscatine, the pop-up store offered titles from the more than 100 authors, poets, and illustrators featured at the festival.

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03 Sep

Check Out the Well-Read Black Girl Book Club’s Six Picks for Fall

Well-Read Black Girl founder Glory Edim has chosen the six titles book clubs should be reading and discussing this fall.

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03 Sep

Applications Open for Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists

The annual scholarship program will send one bookseller to ABA’s Winter Institute and their region’s 2020 fall trade show, and provide a stipend to start a community outreach program.

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03 Sep

SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell to Retire in 2020

After 30 years with Wanda Jewell at the helm, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance is searching for a new executive director.

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04 Sep

BTW News Briefs

Audible to wait on Captions program; Baen Books and RBmedia partner; Personnel changes at Sourcebooks, Atria, Chronicle, Baker & Taylor; Booker Prize, Dagger Award shortlists announced; Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships winners announced; John W. Campbell Award changes name

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04 Sep

New “Counterspeak” Episode Out Now

This installment features an interview with American Booksellers Association CEO Oren Teicher, who is retiring from ABA at the end of the year.

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03 Sep

Disaster Preparedness: What Booksellers Should Know

In the first of a two-part story, Bookselling This Week discusses best practices with bookseller John Cavalier of Cavalier House Books in Denham Springs, Louisiana.

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04 Sep

The October 2019 Indie Next List Preview

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

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04 Sep

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Maika and Maritza Moulite

Sami Thomason of Square Books called Dear Haiti, Love Alaine “an entrancing coming-of-age story filled with magic and sparkling prose.”

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04 Sep

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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04 Sep

Libro.fm’s September Audiobook Bestsellers

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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04 Sep

Around Indies

Jenny Lawson’s Nowhere to open; Bodacious to host grand opening; Phoenix Books Misty Valley becomes Blair Books & More; Vroman’s rebrands, celebrates 125th; Small World celebrates 50th; Wellesley wins Independent Spirit Award; New Dominion named best in Charlottesville; Books Inc. showcases remodel; Three Sisters, Octavia, Bookie’s, Rediscovered, Penn Book Center, Drama Book Shop, McNally Jackson, Books Are Magic, Greenlight, The Lit. Bar, The Bookmark Shoppe, Bluestocking, Mysterious Galaxy, Warwick’s, Longfellow, Sherman’s featured in local news. 

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