BTW - Week of January 15, 2020

15 Jan

96 Hours in Baltimore: A Suggested Itinerary for Wi15

It’s a thrill for ABA that booksellers from around the country — and world — will gather in the city of Baltimore next week for four days of learning, camaraderie, and connections. May this suggested Winter Institute itinerary from ABA Content Director Sydney Jarrard help you find your way among the many events Winter Institute has to offer.

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15 Jan

ABA Staff Heads to Winter Institute

The next edition of Bookselling This Week will arrive in your inbox late on Friday, January 24, with reports and plenty of photos from Winter Institute 15 in Baltimore.

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14 Jan

Visit the Board Game Playroom at Winter Institute

Booksellers will have the chance to sample a variety of board games with colleagues or game reps, review discounts, and place orders in the Board Game Playroom.

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15 Jan

Pack Your Winter Institute Suitcase With Donations for the 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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15 Jan

Meet With 30+ Business Service Providers at the Winter Institute Consultation Station

The Consultation Station at Winter Institute 15 will feature representatives from ABA’s affiliated business solution partners, POS vendors, and other service providers.

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15 Jan

Join Ingram for “Indies on the Harbor” at Winter Institute

Ingram’s “Indies on the Harbor” offers all Winter Institute attendees an opportunity to relax and chat with independent booksellers and publishers from around the country and the globe in a cozy corner of the hotel overlooking the famed Camden Yards ballpark. 

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15 Jan

Visit the Advocacy Team at the Wi15 Ask ABA Desk

Dave Grogan and Molly Bond of the American Booksellers for Free Expression and ABA’s Advocacy team will be on hand to address bookseller questions and concerns.

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15 Jan

Join ABA’s Live Marketing Meetup at Winter Institute

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

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15 Jan

Independent Bookstore Day Catalog Now Live; Orders Due February 3

Booksellers have until February 3 to place their orders for limited-edition, literary-themed merchandise to sell in their stores on Independent Bookstore Day, April 25.

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14 Jan

Preregistration for Find Waldo Local’s Ninth Year Begins January 22

Candlewick will once again provide 250 host bookstores with a toolkit containing everything needed to launch a Find Waldo Local event in their communities.

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15 Jan

Binc Announces New Board Member

ABA board member Chris Morrow of Northshire Bookstores is the newest member of the Book Industry Charitable Foundation’s Board of Directors.

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15 Jan

BTW News Briefs

Jason Reynolds named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature; Binc accepting scholarships to the Denver Publishing Institute; Paz & Associates adds mini workshop; Audible settles copyright dispute over Captions program; Publishers Lunch Buzz Books features Wi15 authors; Harlequin’s Carina Press launches LGBTQ+ romance line; IDW, Smithsonian partner on illustrated books imprint; S&S to distribute Humanoids; B&N’s James Daunt to give keynote at BISG annual meeting; Tracie D. Hall named ALA executive director; George Coe returns to Brodart; RWA president, executive director step down; Stephen King to be honored at Audie Awards; and more.

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14 Jan

SECURE Act Encourages Small Businesses to Offer Retirement Plans

The act increases the maximum tax credit small businesses can receive for starting plans and makes it easier for unrelated businesses to join together and offer open multiple employer plans.

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15 Jan

Trump Administration Signs “Phase One” Trade Deal, Cutting Tariffs on Books

On January 15, as of press time, President Trump has signed a “phase one” trade agreement with China. 

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14 Jan

Senate Confirms New Small Business Administrator

On Tuesday, January 7, the U.S. Senate confirmed Jovita Carranza, former deputy SBA administrator under President George W. Bush, to head the Small Business Administration.

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15 Jan

Understanding Marketplace Facilitator Laws

Marketplace facilitators are now required to collect and remit sales tax on behalf of third-party retailers in the 38 states with laws regarding sales tax collection for transactions on online marketplaces.

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14 Jan

A Q&A with Jeanine Cummins, Author of February’s #1 Indie Next List Pick

Thatcher Svekis of DIESEL, A Bookstore called American Dirt “a beautiful, heartbreaking odyssey, a vivid world filled with angels and demons, one I only wanted to leave so I could get my heart out of my throat.”

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14 Jan

Janae Marks on Winter Kids’ Indie Next List Pick “From the Desk of Zoe Washington”

“In her excellent debut novel, Marks skillfully balances a difficult social justice theme with lighthearted elements and lovingly rendered familial relationships,” said Anna Millsaps of bbgb books. 

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14 Jan

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Gabby Noone

Layoverland is a reader’s paradise,” said Bethany Strout of Tattered Cover Book Store about Noone’s debut.

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15 Jan

Around Indies

Read Books to open; New locations for McNally Jackson, DIESEL, Little City; Book Shop of Beverly Farms, Excelsior Bay under new ownership; Bookloft moves; One More Page celebrates nine years; Bookish, For Keeps, Covered Treasures, Porter Square, Globus, Centuries and Sleuths, Tombolo, Off the Beaten Path, Bluebird, Otter Lane, Changing Hands, Booklink featured in local news. 

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