BTW - Week of February 12, 2020

12 Feb

American Booksellers Association Debuts Program for 8th Annual Children’s Institute

Booksellers should take a look at the many exciting events on tap for this year’s event and be ready to register for Ci8 at 1:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 19.

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12 Feb
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Winter Institute Survey Underway

Booksellers who attended Winter Institute 15 have until February 21 to fill out the post-event survey and complete session evaluations.

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12 Feb
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Join ABA for the 2020 Spring Bookseller Forums

All indie booksellers — ABA members and non-members alike — are invited to take part in the Spring Forums, held in conjunction with the regional bookseller associations.

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12 Feb
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Booksellers Encouraged to Apply for Bestsellers Grant Program for BookExpo

The grant includes a three-night stay at the Wyndham New Yorker and $150 in BookExpo Bucks.

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12 Feb
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Batch for Books Announces U.S. Customer Service Hire

Nathan Halter, who previously worked at the American Booksellers Association and Doylestown Bookshop, will serve as Batch for Book’s U.S. customer service representative.

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12 Feb

Applications Due March 11 for Binc Higher Education Scholarship

The 2020 scholarship program supports booksellers and comic retailers’ dependents, spouses, and partners in pursuing their higher education goals. 

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12 Feb
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Petition Process Open for Additional Board Candidates

Under ABA’s Bylaws, any bookstore member may submit petitions to have the names of additional candidates for Board officers and/or directors added to the ballot for the upcoming election.

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12 Feb

Small Press Profile: Rutgers University Press

“We believe that university presses add substance, mission, and diversity to what independent bookstores offer, giving them a competitive edge in the marketplace,” said Director Micah Kleit.

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12 Feb

Registration Deadline March 1 for 2020 Find Waldo Local Campaign

The campaign, which runs the entire month of July, brings together small business communities across the nation in hosting scavenger hunts for the striped and bespectacled picture book character. 

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12 Feb

February Indie Next List E-Newsletter Delivered to Hundreds of Thousands of Customers

Booksellers are invited to sign up now to send the free monthly adult or quarterly Kids’ Indie Next List e-newsletters to their customers.

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12 Feb

BTW News Briefs

Children’s Book Week signup deadline approaches; BookExpo announces breakfast speakers; New Poetry in America episodes coming in April; Audible settles captions lawsuit; Hachette acquires Disney titles; Carol Shields Prize launches; Poetry Society of America names Frost Medal winner

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12 Feb
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Upcoming PBS FRONTLINE Documentary Examines Amazon and Jeff Bezos

The documentary looks at “Amazon and Jeff Bezos’ ascent to power — and his ability to shape everything from the future of work, to the future of commerce, to the future of technology.”

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11 Feb
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Visit BookWeb to Browse Wi15 Education Session Videos

The Education Resources page features videos from sessions such as the live Winter Institute Marketing Meetup on SEO, buying and selling board games, creating profitable events, and more.

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12 Feb

Wi15 Education: “Black Female Entrepreneurship: Bookselling and Literacy as Resistance”

This education session, featuring panelists Glory Edim, Shirikiana Gerima, Ramunda Lark Young, and Hannah Oliver Depp, examined the intersections of race, literature, and entrepreneurship. 

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12 Feb

Wi15 Education: “Events/Programs: Managing Relationships With Your Sales Rep”

The session focused on how booksellers can find a rep, what they can expect from their reps, and what reps expect from them, among other topics.

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12 Feb

Technology Meetup Recap: Password Security

During the meetup, booksellers heard about the importance of password security, best practices for creating passwords, and tools to make remembering passwords a little bit easier while still being secure. 

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12 Feb
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The Spring 2020 Kids’ Indie Next List Preview

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

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11 Feb

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Alexis Schaitkin

Here, author Alexis Schaitkin talks about her early love of atmospheric books, and how that and other life experiences influenced her debut novel, Saint X.

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12 Feb
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Indie Bookstores Celebrate Black History Month

To celebrate diverse voices during Black History Month, independent bookstores across the country have created an array of book displays to share their recommendations with customers.

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12 Feb
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Around Indies

Little City partners on coffee shop/bookstore; Strand to open in former Book Culture location; Vroman’s opens wine bar; A Freethinker’s Corner, Booklovers’ Gourmet to expand; Liberty Bay under new ownership; Word Up volunteers for 2020 Census; Blue Manatee, Downbound, Ripped Bodice, Love’s Sweet Arrow, Pyramid, Lit. Bar, Uncle Bobbie’s, Bookery Manchester, Northshire, Porter Square, Brain Lair, Walden Pond, Owl & Company featured in local news.

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