BTW - Week of December 11, 2019

11 Dec

A Record 500 Booksellers Receive James Patterson’s 2019 Holiday Bookstore Bonuses

Author James Patterson is giving out bonuses totaling $250,000 to independent bookstore employees as part of his Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program.

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11 Dec

ABA Nominating Committee Opens Call for Board Candidates

Any ABA member may nominate a qualified candidate to stand for election to the ABA Board of Directors in 2020; self-nominations are also welcome.

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11 Dec

What Books Are ABA Staff Reading This Holiday Season?

Staff reads range from fiction classics like Little Women to nonfiction to romance.

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10 Dec

ABA’s 2020 Membership Renewal Approaches: A Note From COO Joy Dallanegra-Sanger

Booksellers are encouraged to renew their ABA membership before the busy season becomes too hectic.

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11 Dec

As 2019 Comes to a Close, Remember to Report Sales

The American Booksellers Association urges all stores to report to the Indie Bestseller Lists during this busiest of seasons to demonstrate the power of independents.

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10 Dec

Winter Institute Book Drive to Collect Donations for Maryland Book Bank

The Maryland Book Bank is a local nonprofit organization committed to cultivating literacy in children from under-resourced neighborhoods.

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10 Dec

January 10 Deadline to Register for Winter Institute 2020 Day Pass

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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11 Dec

Wi15 to Feature Live Marketing Meetup Focused on SEO

Attendees will hear from Jordan Brannon, president and COO of Coalition Technologies, a SEO and web design agency, about the value of search engine optimization to independent bookstores.

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11 Dec

Registration for Antitrust Symposium Opens to All December 13

Those not attending Winter Institute are invited to register for ABA’s Antitrust Symposium in Washington, D.C., beginning this Friday.

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10 Dec

Meet With the IndieCommerce Team at Winter Institute

Booksellers can sign up for one-on-one meetings with IndieCommerce staff to discuss the IndieCommerce and IndieLite e-commerce platforms.

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10 Dec

January Picks Named for Well-Read Black Girl Book Clubs

Participating bookstores are encouraged to consider Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid or Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi for their WRBG book clubs to try in January.

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10 Dec

BTW News Briefs

NetGalley introduces audio excerpts; S&S parent company CBS merges with Viacom; Personnel changes at Books-A-Million, Vintage/Anchor, Waterbrook and Multnomah, Knopf and Pantheon, St. Martin’s; Ruth Rendell Award, First Novel Prize winners announced; John Leonard Prize for Best First Book finalists announced

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10 Dec

Fourth Circuit Rules Against Maryland Online Speech Law

The law required media outlets with more than 100,000 unique monthly visitors to publish names and contact information for those who purchased online political advertisements.

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11 Dec

2019 Indie Bestseller Lists Ready for Download

The 2019 Indie Bestseller Lists, featuring the year’s top-selling titles at hundreds of independent bookstores nationwide, are now available as PDFs, Word documents, and in HTML format.

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11 Dec

Around Indies

Avoid the Day to open; Tombolo opens permanent location; Volumes second location opens; Dickens under new ownership; McNally Jackson staff to vote on unionizing; Staff change at BookPeople; Lit. Bar, E. Shaver, Browseabout, Lark & Owl, Delaware Art Museum Store, Ripped Bodice, Brookline Booksmith, Harvard, Porter Square, Trident, Blue Willow, Malaprop’s, Book Revue, Berry & Co., Book Cellar, TreeHouse, Books on First, Charlie’s Corner featured in local news. 

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