BTW - Week of October 2, 2019

02 Oct

Join ABA at the Fall Regional Trade Shows in October

The 2019 fall regional trade show season is underway, and this month, ABA staff will be attending shows in the New England, Heartland, Pacific Northwest, Mountains & Plains, and New Atlantic regions.

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02 Oct

Winter Institute Hotel Waitlist Now Forming

Booksellers are encouraged to add themselves to the waitlist, as ABA is currently securing additional room blocks and will share details with all waitlisted booksellers by the end of October.

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02 Oct

Check Out Publishers’ Special Offers for Winter/Spring 2020 Indies Introduce Program

The Winter/Spring 2020 Indies Introduce program features titles for adults, young adults, and middle grade readers, all publishing between December 2019 and June 2020.

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01 Oct

Score a Chance at Free Wi15 Admission When You Enter to Win ABA’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Award

October 21 is the deadline for booksellers to apply for the new award; two winners will receive a full scholarship to Winter Institute 2020 in Baltimore, covering up to five hotel nights, travel costs, and a $1,000 stipend.

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02 Oct

Applications Due October 18 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 to 500 individual booksellers. 

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02 Oct

2019 ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalogs to Ship October 7

Booksellers should keep an eye out for the full-color, 16-page consumer circular, which features nearly 200 frontlist and backlist titles for children and teens, all suggested by ABA member booksellers.

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02 Oct

Spooky Halloween Designs Now Available in BookWeb’s Marketing Assets

This year’s Halloween designs, in JPG format, include the taglines “Read Something Scary Good” and “Trick or Read.”

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01 Oct

Upon Marking Their First Anniversaries, Four New Bookstore Owners Look Back

Bookselling This Week recently reached out to four bookstore owners after one year in business to talk about what they expected, what surprised them, and what they wished they had known going in.

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02 Oct

Booksellers Invited to Join Exclusive Cover Reveal for Kacen Callender’s “Felix Ever After”

As part of the cover reveal initiative, booksellers can invite customers to pre-order the book through their stores.

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01 Oct

HarperCollins Launches Fall 2019 Holiday Express Shipping Program

From October 28 to January 10, qualifying orders received by 3:00 p.m. ET will ship out the next business day and will be expedited so that in most cases they will be delivered in two business days.

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02 Oct

SCIBA Members Vote to Dissolve Organization

On Friday, September 27, members of the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association voted unanimously in favor of a resolution that would dissolve the organization at the end of 2019.

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01 Oct

Indie Bookstores Host Screenings for New Documentary “Suppressed: The Fight to Vote”

A number of bookstores signed up to host screenings of the film, which weaves together personal stories from voters across the state of Georgia to paint a picture of voter suppression in America.

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02 Oct

October Indie Next List to Deliver to More Than 556,000 Customers

The October Indie Next List e-newsletter, powered by Shelf Awareness, will be sent to more than 556,000 customers at 147 ABA member stores on Thursday, October 3. Booksellers can sign up now to join the growing program.

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02 Oct

BTW News Briefs

NYT Book Review makes changes; Nominate a business for Independent We Stand’s Indie Award; Hearst launches two new imprints; Personnel changes at HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Simon & Schuster, Quirk Books, IPG, Random House Children’s; MacArthur Genius Grants awarded; Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlists announced; Bard Fiction Prize, Eric Carle Honors winners announced

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02 Oct

New “Counterspeak” Episode Out Now

This installment features a wrap-up of Banned Books Week as well as an exploration of the impact big technology companies like Amazon, Google, and Facebook have on free speech.

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02 Oct

Sign Up for ABA’s Upcoming Marketing, Technology Meetups

The October 8 Technology Meetup will look at alternative payment methods, while the October 17 Marketing Meetup will focus on Libro.fm audiobooks. All booksellers are welcome to join.

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01 Oct

IndieCommunication: Event Ticketing, Cart Options, One-on-Ones, and More

The most recent update from the IndieCommerce team offers ideas for event ticketing, highlights a new shopping cart feature, and reminds booksellers to mark their calendars for upcoming opportunities to meet IndieCommerce staff.

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01 Oct

The November 2019 Indie Next List Preview

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

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01 Oct

Libro.fm’s October 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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02 Oct

The October 2019 Indie Baseball 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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02 Oct

Author Jenny Lawson Aims to Create a Sanctuary With Nowhere Bookshop

Nowhere Bookshop will be a community and event-driven space, Lawson said, and will feature a bar. 

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02 Oct

Around Indies

All Things Inspiration, Thank You, Auburn Oil Company, Literatus to open; Volumes, Towne Center to open new locations; Bluestocking now open; Poisoned Pen celebrates 30 years; Toadstool Milford location to move; words! goes co-op; Palabras among best of Phoenix; 27th Letter semifinalist in Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest; Paper Boat, Firestorm, Prairie Lights, Seminary Co-op, The Open Book, Wild Detectives, Texian mentioned in local news. 

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