BTW - Week of September 18, 2019

18 Sep

Registration Now Full for 15th Annual Winter Institute

Booksellers began registering at 1:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 18; a waitlist has begun as the event has reached capacity.

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17 Sep

ABA Heads to NCIBA Trade Show

Join ABA staff on Saturday, September 21, for the new education session “Independent Bookstore Day: Celebrate With Success.”

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18 Sep

Bookstore Romance Day Book Club to Kick Off This November

Each quarter, two or more books in different romance subgenres will be selected; discussions will take place in August, November, February, and May.

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18 Sep

Reminder: Applications Open for ABA’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Award

ABA’s new award celebrates booksellers whose ideas, creativity, and execution have improved operations, fostered community relationships, inspired new efficiencies, created a more inclusive environment, and/or increased sales.  

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18 Sep

Take Note: October 12 Deadline for James Patterson’s Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program

Patterson is pledging a personal contribution of $250,000 to independent bookstore employees, which will be granted in amounts of $500 bonuses to 500 individual booksellers.

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18 Sep

Sales of “The Testaments” Abound at Indie Bookstores

Booksellers around the country took to social media, hosted midnight releases, and ran pre-order campaigns to promote the book.

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18 Sep

HarperCollins to Offer Year-Round Quick Reorder Program With Ingram for 10 Western States

Launching in late October, the program will be available on qualifying orders from independent bookstores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

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17 Sep

Penguin Random House Commences Two-Day Transit Program

For the eighth consecutive year, orders received from independent booksellers by 3:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday will ship for arrival at booksellers’ doors within two days.

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18 Sep

Letter: The Importance of the Indie Next List to Independent Publishers

“Your early reads matter to indie presses like ours, and we’re so grateful for them,” wrote Jenn Abel Kovitz of Catapult, Counterpoint Press, and Soft Skull Press in a letter to booksellers.

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18 Sep

BTW News Briefs

Amy Einhorn named Henry Holt publisher; Barnes & Noble’s Tim Mantel let go; Personnel changes at Skyhorse, National Book Foundation, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Children’s Books; Chicago Review Press and University of Chicago Press to distribute new publisher clients; Kirkus Prize finalists, Financial Times and McKinsey & Company Business Book of the Year Award shortlist announced; National Book Foundation’s 2019 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, Klaus Flugge Prize, SIBA Conroy Legacy Award, Great Lakes Great Reads Award winners announced 

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17 Sep

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in July

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 5 percent in July 2019 compared to July 2018, according to preliminary figures from the Bureau of the Census. As of September 11, the year-to-date sales among ABA member stores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, are down 0.77 percent over 2018. Compound annual growth among ABA member stores is 7.5 percent over the past five years. 

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17 Sep

Special Banned Books Week “Counterspeak” Edition Drops September 19

During Banned Books Week, Penguin Random House will donate $1 to the American Booksellers for Free Expression for every book purchased and logged through the publisher’s Reader Rewards program.

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17 Sep

Technology Meetup Recap: Digital Events

During the meetup, booksellers heard about alternatives to in-store visits with authors, from online book clubs to Facebook Live videos to Skype sessions.

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17 Sep

IndieCommunication: Passwords, Spam, and New Features

The most recent update from the IndieCommerce team reminds booksellers about the importance of updating passwords, what not to mark as spam, and more.

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17 Sep

A Q&A With Jacqueline Woodson, Author of October’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

Red at the Bone “packs the emotional punch of an epic in a novella number of pages,” said Kelly Brown of Magic City Books.

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18 Sep

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Brittney Morris

Jessica Palacios of Once Upon a Time called SLAY “a great, action-packed book that can be given to so many people.”

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18 Sep

The Indie Sci-Fi & Fantasy 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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18 Sep

Ann Patchett Named Libro.fm’s First “Bookstore Champion”

Libro.fm has launched the Bookstore Champion program to honor individuals who actively advocate for local bookstores through their platforms, influence, and contributions to the bookselling community.

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18 Sep

Bookselling’s Next Generation: An Interview With Mariana Calderon

Bookselling This Week’s new column highlights younger indie booksellers who are having a positive impact on their stores and communities.

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18 Sep

Around Indies

The Lion’s Mouth, Charm City to open; BookBar owner to open community book bank; Square Books opens fourth location; Righton hosts grand opening; New owners for Orinda; Mr. Mopps moves; Greenlight celebrates 10 years; Danny Caine named Midwest Bookseller of the Year; Personnel changes at Quail Ridge; Blue Manatee hosts raffle; Wild Rumpus, Published Page, Next Chapter, The Last Bookstore featured in local news.

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