BTW - Week of October 16, 2019

10 Oct

American Booksellers Association Announces Selection of New CEO

On Friday, October 11, ABA President Jamie Fiocco notified members that the position of association CEO had been offered to, and accepted by, Allison K. Hill, president and CEO of Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena, California. 

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16 Oct

ABACUS-18 Survey Results Delivered to Participating Bookstores

More than 300 bookstores participated in the ABACUS-18 survey. On October 16, those stores received an e-mail with information about how to access a report analyzing their 2018 financial results. 

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16 Oct

Introducing the Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s New BTW Column

In this first installment, Angela Maria Spring of ABA’s Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion shares highlights about the team’s recent efforts.

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16 Oct

Apply for ABA’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Award for a Chance to Win Free Admission to Winter Institute

ABA’s new award recognizes and celebrates the achievements of booksellers whose ideas, creativity, and execution have improved operations, fostered community relationships, created a more inclusive environment, increased sales, and more.

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16 Oct

Last Call: October 18 Deadline to Apply for 2019 James Patterson Holiday Bonuses

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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16 Oct

Apply Now for Scholarships to ABC Children’s Institute 2020 in Tucson

Booksellers at stores that did not have an ABC Children’s Institute scholarship winner in 2018 or 2019 can now apply for a scholarship to the 2020 Children’s Institute in Tucson, Arizona.

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16 Oct

Check Out Publisher Special Offers on Tap for Indies First 2019

This year, ABA member booksellers can take advantage of a range of special offers from more than 50 publishers, including traditional publishers as well as nearly two dozen university presses.

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16 Oct

Reminder: Take Advantage of Publisher Deals on Winter/Spring 2020 Indies Introduce Titles

Stores that are new to Indies Introduce must complete the Indies Introduce sign-up form by Wednesday, October 30, in order to participate in the program.

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16 Oct

Need to Restock the ABC Best Books for Young Readers Catalog? Extra Copies Available Now

Booksellers can supplement their catalog supplies with extra stock by placing an order via the 2019 online order form, while supplies last. 

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16 Oct

Application Deadline Approaches for Carla Gray Memorial Scholarship for Emerging Bookseller-Activists

The scholarship provides resources for one winning bookseller to attend two upcoming bookselling events and receive a grant that will help make their community stronger.

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16 Oct

Free BTW Classifieds Available to ABA Member Stores

BTW Classifieds are the perfect place for booksellers to place help wanted ads, advertise fixtures or stores for sale, and more.

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16 Oct

Non-Bookstore Indie Retailers Offer Transferable Ideas for Bookstores

In conversations with Bookselling This Week, a California hardware store owner and printshop owner each shared their own creative tips for retail success that indie bookstore owners can borrow easily.

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16 Oct

Major League Baseball Pitcher Sean Doolittle Discusses His Support of Indies in New CBS Video

Libro.fm CEO and co-founder Mark Pearson and Christine Onorati of Libro.fm partner store WORD also appeared in the news segment to talk about the importance of indie bookstores.

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16 Oct

Booksellers Celebrate Indie Exclusive Cover Reveal for “Felix Ever After”

Indie booksellers simultaneously unveiled the book jacket on social media on Tuesday, October 15, and encouraged customers to pre-order the title from author Kacen Callender at their local store.

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16 Oct

Northern, Southern California Independent Booksellers Associations Offer Update on Plans to Unify

NCIBA President Michael Barnard and SCIBA President Maryelizabeth Yturralde detailed plans for bringing the associations together.

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16 Oct

BTW News Briefs

Nobel Prizes, Booker Prize winners announced, sparking controversy; Worzalla to expand; AUPresses condemns book-burning incident; Chosen Payments named top POS company; PRHPS to distribute MIT press; New imprint Hachette Go to publish self-improvement titles; Andrews McMeel to print, distribute Abrams calendars; Blue Dot Kids Press to launch; Dayton Literary Peace Prize, PEN International Writer of Courage Award, and Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction winners announced

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16 Oct

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in August

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 10.3 percent in August 2019 compared to August 2018, according to preliminary figures from the Bureau of the Census. As of October 10, the year-to-date sales among ABA member stores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, are down 0.26 percent over 2018. Compound annual growth among ABA member stores is 7.5 percent over the past five years. 

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15 Oct

Booksellers Celebrate Banned Books Week 2019

Banned Books Week served as an opportunity for booksellers to spread awareness about the dangers of censorship through both in-store visual depictions and social media campaigns.

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16 Oct

Technology Meetup Recap: Payment Methods

During the meetup, three booksellers shared their experiences with various payment methods, including Square, PayPal, and more.

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16 Oct

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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16 Oct

Beehive Bookshop to Bring Community and Kindness to Dalton, Georgia

By reading more, learning more, and building empathy, Beehive owner Susan Beck said, “I hope we can be more kind to each other. I think that’s missing right now.”

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15 Oct

Bookselling’s Next Generation: An Interview With Shabeeh Syed

In this new series’ second installment, Shabeeh Syed, the assistant manager at the Anderson’s Bookshop location in La Grange, Illinois, spoke with Bookselling This Week about her work.

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16 Oct

The Seminary Co-op Bookstores Transition to Not-for-Profit

“We are a cultural institution disguised as a retailer,” said Jeff Deutsch, director of the Seminary Co-op Bookstores. “Our cultural work of creating an unparalleled browsing experience and a hub for community...needs no further utility to justify its existence.”

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16 Oct

Around Indies

2 Dandelions, Storied Owl now open; Thank You, Joseph-Beth Lexington Green to open; Excelsior Bay under new ownership; Bookman celebrates 45 years; John Grisham visits New Dominion; Subterranean wins June Indie Playlist display contest; Staff changes at Seminary Co-op, Towne Book Center; Madison Street, Auburn Oil Co., Righton, Neverending Bookshop, NeverMore featured in local news.

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