BTW - Week of February 5, 2020

05 Feb

A Letter From ABA Board President Jamie Fiocco

Here, Fiocco writes about the importance of communication to keep members in the loop about the work the ABA Board and staff are engaged in.

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05 Feb

A Report on the January 2020 ABA Board Meeting

The American Booksellers Association’s Board of Directors heard from President Jamie Fiocco on her activities on behalf of the association and from COO Joy Dallanegra-Sanger on her activities since the last full Board meeting.

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04 Feb

ABA Announces Changes to Membership Department

The Membership Department is inviting members to get reacquainted with its team members, both so they know the team a little better but also know who to reach out to with questions. 

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05 Feb

Roundup of BTW’s Winter Institute Coverage Provides Closer Look at 2020 Event

Bookselling This Week has compiled all previous coverage of Winter Institute 15, as well as this week’s articles recapping the event.

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04 Feb

Help ABA Plan for Winter Institute 16

Booksellers who attended Winter Institute 15 are encouraged to fill out the post-event survey and sign into the Winter Institute app to complete session evaluations.

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05 Feb

American Booksellers for Free Expression Comments on “American Dirt”

ABFE believes that the conversations about American Dirt are not only protected by the First Amendment, but that they are essential in a society founded on democratic ideals.

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05 Feb

Bookshop: How to Become a Partner

As part of Bookshop’s partner program, 10 percent of sales on Bookshop.org are allocated to an earnings pool that is evenly divided and distributed by check to participating partner stores every six months.

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03 Feb

February–June Picks Named for Well-Read Black Girl Book Clubs

Participating bookstores are encouraged to consider a number of adult and young adult titles for their WRBG book clubs to try in the months of February, March, April, May, and June.

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04 Feb

Binc’s Bookseller Stories: “A Slow-Building Medical Emergency”

The eighth volume of the Book Industry Charitable Foundation’s Bookseller Stories newsletter featured a bookseller who reached out to Binc for help with mounting medical expenses.

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04 Feb

BTW News Briefs

Applications underway for FedEx Small Business Grant Contest, Milkweed Fellowship; Mellon grants $4.5M to Academy of American Poets; PGW to distribute Restless; Phaidon acquires Monacelli; Skyhorse launches Palomino; Rutgers, Raritan partner on new imprint; Mary Higgins Clark, Alice Mayhew die; Patti Smith wins PEN America Literary Service Award; Finalists announced for Audie Awards; Shortlists announced for Romantic Novel Awards

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04 Feb

Nearly 80 Booksellers Attend Antitrust Symposium in Washington D.C.

Panelists discussed definitions of a monopoly, an overview of historical antitrust cases, the state of monopolies in America today, and who has the power to bring about concrete change.

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04 Feb

White House Pushes Back Against Publication of John Bolton’s Book

The National Security Council says the book cannot be published until the “significant amounts of classified information,” including some at the “top secret level,” are removed.

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05 Feb

ABFE Joins 10 Organizations in Opposing Missouri Library Censorship Bill

The act requires the creation of a parental library review board tasked with identifying and restricting sexual material considered age-inappropriate for children.

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05 Feb

New “Counterspeak” Episode Out Now

In this month’s installment, ABA Content Director Sydney Jarrard talks with Daphne Keller, director of intermediary liability at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society.

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05 Feb

Marketing Meetup Recap: Live From the 15th Annual Winter Institute

After 60 days of implementing SEO strategies, Roundabout Books saw a 31 percent increase in site traffic, and One More Page Books saw a 13 percent increase in site traffic. 

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05 Feb

Marketing Meetup Recap: Marketing Your Bookstore Pet

This meetup focused on how booksellers can leverage their furry and cuddly (or even not-so-furry or cuddly) pets to drive attention to their store and bring in customers.

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04 Feb

Join ABA’s February 27 Marketing Meetup on Edelweiss360

This upcoming session focuses on Edelweiss360, a new service that allows booksellers to efficiently craft and send store-branded, personalized emails to customers based on individual purchase behavior and staff knowledge of customers. 

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04 Feb

IndieCommunication: New Gift Code Feature, Changes in Customer Support Department

The latest IndieCommunication newsletter details a new feature for gift-giving as well as an important update about the IndieCommerce team.

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04 Feb

The March 2020 Indie Next List Preview

Here are the 20 Indie Next Great Reads and 12 Now in Paperback titles featured on the March 2020 Indie Next List flier, which is on its way to stores in the IndieBound movement.

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05 Feb

The Indie Love & Romance 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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03 Feb

Libro.fm’s February 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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05 Feb

Around Indies

Avoid the Day opens; Busboys and Poets to add new location; Avid Reader under new ownership; Mysterious Galaxy on the move; Sassafrass grows; Kepler’s, Back of Beyond celebrate anniversaries; Loyalty, Semicolon, Kazoo, Fabled, Powell’s, Women & Children First, Sandmeyer’s featured in local news.

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