BTW - Week of November 13, 2019

08 Nov

Winter Institute Attendees: Sign Up Now for Special Events and Programs

Registration is open now for a range of special events, including bookstore tours, appointments with publishers, advanced education sessions, a bookselling boot camp, and more.

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11 Nov

Sign Up for Publishers by Appointment at Winter Institute

Booksellers are encouraged to sign up for the new program, which allows booksellers to meet with participating publishers of their choice in 15-minute time slots.

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08 Nov

Plans Changed for Winter Institute? Tell ABA by November 15 to Score a Refund

Booksellers whose plans have changed are asked to tell ABA; those who do so by this Friday will have their money refunded.

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11 Nov

Winter Institute 2020 Day Passes Available

This new opportunity for booksellers unable to attend the entire conference grants access to the institute on Friday, January 24, as well as to the Author Reception on Thursday, January 23.

 
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12 Nov

In Advance of Indies First, ABA Resources Can Help Booksellers Promote the “Shop Local” Message

"I see it as critical to our long-term survival that our customers understand what’s going on, and that they buy into the value of helping sustain local stores by ‘voting’ with their book dollars," said Bookends and Beginnings owner Nina Barrett.

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08 Nov

ABA's Shelf-Talkers Feature and Bookstore Showcase Highlight Member Stores

The American Booksellers Association’s homepage includes a “Bookstore Showcase” section that highlights independent bookstore members, as well as a feature to show off the unique shelf-talkers sent in by member stores.

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11 Nov

Love Your Bookstore Challenge Currently Underway

The second annual Love Your Bookstore Challenge is currently in progress and will last until Friday, November 17.

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11 Nov

Booksellers Celebrate "Shakespeare for Squirrels" Cover Reveal

As part of the cover reveal initiative for the new book by Christopher Moore, booksellers invited customers to pre-order it through their stores, and HarperCollins provided everything participating stores needed to help them spread the message.

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12 Nov

Winter Institute Spots Still Open for Booksellers Affected by California Wildfires

Additionally, stores that need help connecting with LIBRIS insurance services or require ABA’s assistance securing extended credit from publishers are encouraged to contact ABA's membership department.

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13 Nov

BTW News Briefs

Memorial service for Toni Morrison to be held in NYC; IBPA launches Spread the Love Bookseller Sweepstakes; Fall Children's Book Week wraps up; Henry Holt, Zondervan launch new imprints; Oprah's Book Club pick announced; Turkish author released from prison; Personnel changes at Knopf Doublday, PW, Ecco, Scribner, Eerdmans, PRH; BISG presents awards; National Translation Awards, Canada's Writers Trust Prize winners announced; 2020 Blue Peter awards finalists announced; International Dublin Literary Award nominees announced

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13 Nov

D.C. Council Holds Public Hearing on Small Business Financial Assistance

The D.C. Council’s Committee heard testimony from small business owners and small business advocates who spoke to issues including the rising cost of rent and property taxes, the lack of small commercial spaces available for small businesses, and consumers’ shift to large chain retailors and online shopping.

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08 Nov

New Features and a Seminar Opportunity For IndieLite Users

Bookstores using the ABA e-commerce platform IndieLite now have several new options they can activate on their website. The IndieCommerce team has also announced a new IndieLite seminar at Winter Institute 2020 in Baltimore.

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11 Nov

Marketing Meetup Recap: How to Determine Your Marketing Budget

Guest speakers at the meetup included Mark Kaufman of Paz & Associates; Alana Haley of Schuler Books; and Ari Gersen of Longfellow Books. Additional information was provided by P.K. Sindwani of Towne Book Center.

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12 Nov

Sign Up for ABA’s November 21 Marketing Meetup: “Marketing With Eventbrite”

In this session, a representative from Eventbrite will teach attendees about the event management and ticketing website; then three booksellers will discuss how they use the service to promote and market their events.

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08 Nov

The Winter 2019-2020 Kids’ Indie Next List Preview

Here is a preview of the 52 titles on the Winter 2019-2020 Kids’ Indie Next List flier, arriving at stores in the upcoming Kids’ Box mailing.

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11 Nov

What’s in a Name? Mind Chimes Bookshop

Laura Lowry, owner of the new Mind Chimes Bookshop in Three Lakes, Wisconsin, said the store's name represents "the experience of being inspired while reading, the sort of sudden inspiration you get while reading — that has always been important to me as a reader.”

 
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13 Nov

Around Indies

Book Club, Charm City now open; Drama Book Shop to reopen; Griffin Bay, A Cappella celebrate anniversaries; Left Bank wins CWEA Renaissance Award; Personnel changes at Book Revue; Charis, Firestorm, river's end, Vroman's, Book Passage featured in local news. 

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