BTW - Week of October 23, 2019

23 Oct

Winter Institute to Feature More Than 100 Authors

Authors appearing at the 15th annual Winter Institute in Baltimore include Julia Alvarez, Ernesto Cisneros, Michael Ian Black, Jordan Ifueko, Paulette Jiles, Rebecca Stead, Wayétu Moore, Chuck Palahniuk, Kawai Strong Washburn, and many more.

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23 Oct

Be Ready to Register on October 29 for Special Events at Winter Institute

A range of special events and programming are taking place at the American Booksellers Association’s 15th annual Winter Institute in Baltimore, from bookstore tours to unique educational opportunities.

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22 Oct

Day Passes Available for Winter Institute 2020

In addition to regular education sessions, special events taking place on Friday, January 24, include a bookselling bootcamp, an employee manual workshop, and Baltimore-area bookstore tours.

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22 Oct

Get Customizable Marketing Materials for Small Business Saturday

Booksellers can visit American Express’ Shop Small Studio to access a variety of marketing materials to help business owners attract and engage with their customers for the November 30 event.

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23 Oct

Don’t Forget to Check Out 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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21 Oct

Sign Up for ABA’s Upcoming Marketing, Technology Meetups

Next month’s Marketing Meetups will look at marketing budgets and Eventbrite, while the Technology Meetup will focus on task management and communication tools. All booksellers are welcome to join.

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23 Oct

Remember to Encourage Colleagues to Sign Up for ABA’s Bookselling This Week

Make sure your co-workers stay in the loop by signing up for BTW. In the weeks and months to come, BTW will report on holiday sales, Winter Institute, new bookstore openings, industry news, and more!

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23 Oct

Highlights From the ABACUS-18 Financial Benchmarking Report

Among other reveals, respondents’ net income before taxes has continued to grow and was positive for the third straight year.

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23 Oct

Bookselling Without Borders Winners Attend Frankfurt Book Fair

Fellowship winners Jonathan Woollen of Politics and Prose, Lesley Rains of City of Asylum Bookstore, and Chris McDonald of Bear Pond Books attended the October 16–20 event in Germany.

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23 Oct

Matchbook Marketing Aims to Help Indie Booksellers Tell Their Story

Matchbook Marketing, which works with more than 60 indie booksellers, offers a print newsletter, custom store logos and branding, web development, and graphic design. 

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23 Oct

YouTube Launches New “BookTube” Digital Book Club

Episode one featured bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell, and upcoming authors will include Margaret Atwood, James Patterson, and Melinda Gates.

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21 Oct

Binc’s Bookseller Stories: “No Safe Place to Call Home”

The seventh volume of the Book Industry Charitable Foundation’s Bookseller Stories newsletter featured a bookseller who reached out to Binc for help moving after her new roommate became abusive.

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22 Oct

BTW News Briefs

Australia initially blocks sales of new Ronan Farrow book; Consortium adds six new publishers; S&S to distribute OneWorld; Two Rivers to distribute David and Charles Ltd.; Personnel changes at Flatiron, Shambhala; Winner of Legacy Award for fiction announced; Cundill History Prize and Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction finalists announced

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23 Oct

Spotlight on ABA History: “More Than Merchants: Seventy-Five Years of the ABA”

This section from Bookselling in America and the World discusses ABA’s operations during the 1950s and 1960s.

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22 Oct

ABA Calls on State Attorneys General to Open Antitrust Investigation Into Amazon

In a comprehensive 22-page letter, ABA makes the case as to why Amazon is a burgeoning monopoly and provides a detailed review of Amazon’s anticompetitive conduct.

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23 Oct

ABFE Again Urges the CECC to Work to Release Bookseller in Chinese Detention

In its most recent letter, the American Booksellers for Free Expression asked the Congressional-Executive Commission on China for renewed assistance in liberating bookseller Gui Minhai and offered its help as the process moves forward.

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23 Oct

Marketing Meetup Recap: Marketing Audiobooks During the Holidays

Nick Johnson of Libro.fm shared with bookseller attendees the ways in which they can market audiobooks during the upcoming holiday season, as the company will be offering several promotions, initiatives, and programs for indie bookstores.

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23 Oct

Nowhere Bookshop Orders Spike After Author Jenny Lawson Announces Website Is Live

Lawson is the author of books such as Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy and blogs at The Bloggess.

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22 Oct

A Q&A With Carmen Maria Machado, Author of November’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

Jason Foose of Changing Hands calls In the Dream House “a daring new kind of memoir that defies boundaries and boldly discards the conventions of genre.”

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23 Oct

Indie Next List Holiday Gift Guide Flier to Arrive in Stores in November

ABA’s third annual Indie Next List Holiday Gift Guide flier features 20 children’s and adult titles across a range of categories, from arts and culture to cooking and crafts.

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23 Oct

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Shannon Pufahl

Pufahl is the author of On Swift Horses (Riverhead Books, November 5), which follows two members of the Greatest Generation as they navigate the postwar American West.

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23 Oct

The November ’19 Now in Paperback Flier & Shelf-Talkers

The November Indie Next List’s 12 Now in Paperback titles are featured with bookseller quotes on a downloadable flier and shelf-talkers.

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23 Oct

Around Indies

Arts & Letters, new Half Price location open; Wishing Tree, Odyssey, DIESEL to open; Moe’s, Mrs. Dalloway’s celebrate anniversaries; Interabang damaged by storm; 27th Letter wins Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest; {pages} included in Best of Manhattan Beach; Muddy Water nominated for Independent Small Business of the Year Award; Raven Book Store writes letter to Jeff Bezos; Frugal Frigate unveils new logo; Inkwood, McNally Jackson, Mind Chimes, Magers & Quinn, Women & Children First, 2 Dandelions, Politics & Prose, Duende District, Loyalty mentioned in local news.

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