BTW - Week of November 6, 2019

31 Oct

A Holiday Preparations Checklist

Once again, BTW offers our annual list of preparations to help booksellers manage day-to-day operations and keep things running smoothly during the holiday shopping season.

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05 Nov

This Indies First, Sign Up to Appear on the 2019 American Express Shop Small Map

American Express Card-accepting bookstores can sign in to their AmEx merchant account to learn more about how to get listed so that consumers can browse the Shop Small Map and find their store.

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31 Oct

Scholarship Application Process Ongoing for ABC Children’s Institute 2020

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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31 Oct

Sign Up for ABA’s Winter Institute Antitrust Symposium in Washington, D.C.

Registration for the Antitrust Symposium, to be held January 21, sold out within 24 hours; based on the high demand, ABA is growing the program so more booksellers can attend.

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31 Oct

Winter Institute 2020 Attendees: Let ABA Know If Your Plans Have Changed

Registered booksellers whose plans have changed are asked to notify ABA as soon as possible so waiting booksellers can be offered a chance to attend.

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31 Oct

Festive Holiday Designs Now Available in BookWeb’s Marketing Assets

This year’s holiday designs, in JPG format, include the taglines including “Give the Gift of Books,” “Everyone Gets a Book This Year,” and “Season's Readings.”

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31 Oct

Sign Up Now for November Technology, Marketing Meetups

The next Marketing Meetup will look at marketing with Eventbrite, while the Technology Meetup will look at task management and staff communication tools.

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05 Nov

2019 ABC Best Books for Young Readers Digital Catalog Available Now

Kenny Brechner of Devany, Doak and Garrett Booksellers in Farmington, Maine, said the ABC digital catalog is a “stellar means of online reach.”

 
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05 Nov

Bookseller PK Sindwani Appointed ABA's New Chief Financial Officer

Until recently, Sindwani was the owner of Towne Book Center & Cafe in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, which he owned for 29 years.

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05 Nov

Love Your Bookstore Challenge Starts November 8

The second annual Love Your Bookstore Challenge will take place from Friday, November 8, to Saturday, November 17.

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31 Oct

Signup Underway: Join the Exclusive Cover Reveal for Christopher Moore’s “Shakespeare for Squirrels”

Booksellers can sign up by Tuesday, November 12, to participate in the Shakespeare for Squirrels cover reveal. HarperCollins will provide everything participating stores need to help them easily spread the message.

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05 Nov

Penguin Random House to Transform Former Baker & Taylor Facility Into Third Distribution Center

PRH has reached a multi-year agreement to assume the operation and management of the fulfillment center in Reno that is currently leased to Baker & Taylor, which has discontinued its service to retail booksellers. 

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05 Nov

Binc Supporters Raise $13,000 for Booksellers Affected by California Wildfires, Blackouts

Booksellers who have been affected by the California fires and related power outages are encouraged to contact Binc for assistance.

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05 Nov

Hachette and Sourcebooks Each Roll Out Holiday Rapid Replenishment Programs

Hachette and Sourcebooks are among several publishers that have introduced rapid replenishment programs to help ensure that indie booksellers have success with their titles this holiday season.

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31 Oct

(Northern) California Independent Booksellers Association Welcomes New Board Members

New voting members include Mary Williams of Skylight Books in Los Angeles, Mimi Hannan of La Playa Books in San Diego, and Bridget Schinnerer of Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena.

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31 Oct

November Indie Next List to Deliver to More Than 555,000 Customers

The November Indie Next List e-newsletter, powered by Shelf Awareness, will be sent to more than 555,000 customers at 146 ABA member stores on Thursday, November 7. Booksellers can sign up now to join the growing program.

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06 Nov

BTW News Briefs

AMIBA launches Shop Indie Local; Anthology announces company sale to employees; American Writers Museum to open refugee exhibit; PRH to acquire works of Eric Carle; IPG to distribute eight new publishers; Two Lines Press to launch Calico imprint; Personnel changes at PRH U.S., Harlequin, Algonquin; 2020 Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal nominations announced; Waterstones Book of the Year shortlist, 2020 Southern Book Prize shortlist announced

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06 Nov

ABFE Responds to Trump Administration Warning to Hachette

"We firmly support Hachette in publishing A Warning, written by an anonymous senior official in the Trump administration. The right of someone to publish under a pseudonym or anonymously is crucial in any free and democratic society,” said David Grogan, director of the American Booksellers for Free Expression.

 
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05 Nov

Raven Book Store Owner Publishes “How to Resist Amazon and Why”

The 16-page zine features Caine’s October 2019 letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, a review of the case against Amazon, a compilation of Raven’s Twitter advocacy, and more.

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05 Nov

Ohio State Senate Holds Antitrust Hearings

The Ohio State Senate Judiciary Committee held two hearings in October to discuss updating the state’s antitrust law. The hearings featured prominent antitrust advocates and experts, including Barry Lynn of Open Markets Institute and David Chavern of News Media Alliance.

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31 Oct

The December 2019 Indie Next List Preview

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

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06 Nov

The Indie Politics & Current Events 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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05 Nov

Libro.fm’s November 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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06 Nov

Downbound Books to Bring Community-Curated Collection to Cincinnati

Downbound Books in Cincinnati, Ohio, specializes in small press fiction; nonfiction works on history, politics, and the social sciences; books on craft; cookbooks; and picture books.

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06 Nov

Around Indies

DIESEL, Writers & Books, Auburn Oil, Lion's Mouth now open; Cupboard Maker to open pop-up location; Interabang to reopen mid-November; Former Bookshop Santa Cruz owner retires; Lake Forest, Second Star to the Right celebrate anniversaries; From My Shelf moves to second round of the Independent Small Business of the Year Award; Half Price, Parnassus, Bookie's, Nowhere, Whistlestop, Scattered featured in local news. 

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