BTW - Week of November 20, 2019

20 Nov

Two Winners Announced for Inaugural ABA Entrepreneurial Excellence Award

The winners, chosen by a committee of ABA bookseller judges, are Billie Bloebaum of Third Street Books for Bookstore Romance Day and Nicole Magistro of The Bookworm of Edwards for the Adopt-a-Reader program.

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20 Nov

Sign Up to Meet With Publishers by Appointment

Booksellers can book an appointment to meet one-on-one with any of the 19 publishing companies taking part in this new Winter Institute program.

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20 Nov

ABA Dues Renewal to Begin in December

For the upcoming membership year, the American Booksellers Association is inviting all member bookstores to renew their dues via an online form.

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20 Nov

Submit Now to be Featured in the Booksellers of America Social Media Campaign

Campaign stories use the hashtag #BooksellersofAmerica and appear on dedicated Instagram and Facebook pages that anyone can follow.

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19 Nov

Indies First is Almost Here! Don’t Forget About Publishers’ Special Terms

As in previous years, ABA member booksellers have the opportunity to take advantage of special offers from more than 50 publishers for Indies First.

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19 Nov

Intentionality in Bookselling for the Holiday Season

In the second column of a new series from the ABA Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, River Dog Book Co. owner BrocheAroe Fabian looks at incorporating holidays into booksellers’ stores.

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20 Nov

A Letter From Bookshop Founder Andy Hunter

“I hope that Bookshop can help strengthen the fragile ecosystem and margins around bookselling by providing an alternative to Amazon for socially conscious online book-buyers,” writes Hunter.

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20 Nov

Take Note! Rapid Replenishment Offers Available From Publishers This Holiday Season

Rapid replenishment offers for the holidays are currently available from Penguin Random House, Macmillan, HarperCollins, Hachette, and Sourcebooks.

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19 Nov

Binc Foundation Announces Results of 2019 Survey

The survey aimed to gather information on booksellers’ current level of awareness of the foundation’s services, to rate program performance and relevance, and to solicit suggestions for new programs.

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20 Nov

BTW News Briefs

James Patterson to receive National Humanities Medal; Baker & Taylor to distribute Tachyon Publications; Personnel changes at Random House, New Press, Harper Christian, Holiday House, Abrams; Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence, Goldsmiths Prize, Cundill History Prize winners announced; 2020 PNBA Book Awards, Foyles Books of the Year shortlists announced; Aspen Words Literary Prize longlist announced

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19 Nov

Retail Sales at Bookstores Down in September

Retail sales at U.S. bookstores were down by 2.3 percent in September 2019 compared to September 2018, according to preliminary figures from the Bureau of the Census. As of November 13, the year-to-date sales among ABA member stores, as reported to the weekly Indie Bestseller Lists, are up 0.11 percent over 2018.

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20 Nov

ABFE Signs Letter in Opposition to PATRIOT Act Extension

Jake Laperruque of the Project on Government Oversight told Bookselling This Week, “Reforming the PATRIOT Act is a critical priority, and one that Congress cannot shrug off even in challenging times.”

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19 Nov

ABA Board Urges State Attorneys General to Investigate Amazon

The Board has sent letters to the attorneys general of each state calling for an investigation into Amazon’s monopolistic and anticompetitive conduct. 

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20 Nov

Committee on Small Business Holds Hearing With Big Tech

“The grip that Big Tech now holds over our daily lives and our competitive landscape at the same time is astounding but also concerning,” said hearing leader Chairwoman Nydia Velázquez.

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19 Nov

American Conservative, American Prospect Hold Bipartisan Antitrust Event

Three of the main themes discussed were: the U.S. government has failed to address monopolies; simply fining companies for wrongdoings does not go far enough; and monopolies impact nearly every industry.

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20 Nov

New “Counterspeak” Episode Out Now

In this episode, ABA Content Director Sydney Jarrard and Director of ABFE, Advocacy, and Public Policy Dave Grogan delve into the free speech positions of the top 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

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19 Nov

December “Counterspeak” Episode to Feature Author David Kirby

When They Come for You: How Police and Government Are Trampling Our Liberties — and How to Take Them Back explores how federal, state, and local governments have violated Americans’ fundamental constitutional rights.

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19 Nov

Technology Meetup Recap: Task Management/Staff Communication Tools

During the meetup, booksellers discussed the tools they use for staff communication and task management, including Slack, Trello, Asana, and BiTrix24.

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20 Nov

Reminder: November 21 Marketing Meetup to Cover “Marketing With Eventbrite”

At this upcoming session, an Eventbrite representative will teach attendees about the service, and three ABA booksellers will discuss how they use it to market their events.

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19 Nov

IndieCommunication: New Status Page and Features, Holiday Catalog Links, and More

The most recent update from the IndieCommerce team highlights a new resource for system status information, the regional holiday catalogs, the benefits of IndieLite, and the winner of one free year of IndieCommerce.

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20 Nov

Don’t Forget to Sign Up for the 2020 IndieCommerce Institute

At a cost of $59 per person, booksellers can attend one of two separate interactive, classroom-style workshops: one for users of IndieCommerce and one for users of IndieLite. 

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20 Nov

A Q&A With Nina MacLaughlin, Author of December’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

Wake, Siren: Ovid Resung has the power of a spell,” said Lisa Gozashti of Brookline Booksmith. “I am awed by this visionary work and the remarkable insight that made it possible.”

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19 Nov

The Top 10 Audiobooks of 2019 at Independent Bookstores

The 2019 list contains four Indie Next List number-one picks.

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20 Nov

The Indie Comics & Graphic Works 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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19 Nov

Midtown Reader Aims to Connect With Customers in the Age of Alexa

In celebration of the store’s third anniversary, Midtown Reader in Tallahassee, Florida, partnered with a local production company to create a short video called “Ask Alexis.”

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20 Nov

Around Indies

Tombolo secures storefront; Learned Owl owner elected as councilperson; Changing Hands owner wins ATHENA Award; Michelle Obama visits Politics and Prose; Scuppernong creates Pete the Cat display; Lion’s Mouth, Cafe con Libros, WORD, Astoria, Books Are Magic, Lit. Bar, Berry & Co., Bookends and Beginnings, Buffalo Street, Pagination, Kona Stories, Sausalito Books by the Bay, Back of Beyond, Books & Books, Charis, Alabama Booksmith, Joseph-Beth, Square, Parnassus, BookPeople, Chop Suey, Strand, Arcade, Shakespeare & Co., Women and Children First, Secret Garden, Tattered Cover, City Lights, Gene’s featured in local news. 

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