BTW - Week of February 26, 2020

26 Feb

59 Booksellers Win Scholarships to Children’s Institute

The scholarships cover the conference fee, a four-night stay at the host hotel, and up to $400 in travel expenses to the June 22–24 event in Tucson, Arizona.

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26 Feb

Children’s Institute Hotel Reservations Open Now

Attendees can also sign up to go for the gold in the brand-new Bookseller Olympics. Children’s Institute will be held June 22–24 at the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona.

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24 Feb

PRH to Kick Off BookExpo With Party at New Yorker Hotel

Independent booksellers attending BookExpo are invited to join Penguin Random House to kick off the 2020 trade show with nightcaps at The New Yorker, a Wyndham Hotel.

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25 Feb

Voting on Proposed Association Bylaws Changes Begins

The American Booksellers Association’s Board of Directors met earlier this year to discuss proposed changes to two sections of Article IV of the association’s Bylaws.

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24 Feb

March 1 Deadline to Register 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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24 Feb

Binc Higher Education Scholarship Application Process Underway

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

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24 Feb

Binc’s Bookseller Stories: “The Unplanned Funeral”

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

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26 Feb

BTW News Briefs

Bologna Book Fair postponed; Voting underway for America’s Main Streets contest; Children’s Book Week poster unveiled; Signup open for Suppressed: The Fight to Vote screenings; Ryan Raffaelli writes article on “Reinventing Retail”; Libro.fm offering free audiobooks for Bookstore Day; Washington Senate passes consumer data privacy bill; Flatiron to launch new imprint; Hachette to distribute National Geographic Partners; Random House Children’s Books to separate Schwartz & Wade; Latinx in Publishing launches mentorship program; Nigel Newton gets lifetime achievement award; Diamond Dagger, Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Award winners announced; Finalists named for Helen Bernstein award; Shortlists out for Anthony Lukas Prize, Folio awards; Longlists out for CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenway medals.

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26 Feb

A Guide to Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs)

Recent rule changes to HRAs may provide an opportunity for small business owners to help their employees buy health insurance.

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26 Feb

Bookseller Gui Minhai Sentenced to 10 Years in Chinese Jail

The court charged Gui with “illegally providing intelligence” overseas. According to the court, Gui pleaded guilty and will not appeal the sentence.

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26 Feb

Wi15 Education: Pre-Order Campaigns

Pre-order sales now account for between three and 30 percent of overall sales, which indicates that many sales are occurring before the book even arrives in the store.

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24 Feb

Wi15 Education: Your Bookstore’s Podcast

In this session, panelists discussed how to decide if a podcast makes sense for a bookstore, different philosophies regarding the creation of content, and the best recording equipment and editing software.

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24 Feb

Bibliotech: A Visit to the National Retail Federation’s 2020 Trade Show

Among the discoveries were retailer helpers in the form of robots, electronic shelf-talkers, smart lockers for after-hours pickups and returns, and unique security system features.

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25 Feb

Join ABA’s February 27 Marketing Meetup on Edelweiss360

ABA will also hold a Technology Meetup on March 3, which will focus on using Ingram’s iPage for book orders, featuring a demonstration from Ingram’s Marsha Wood.

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26 Feb

Angel Wings Bookstore Wins Free Year of IndieCommerce

ABA members who attended one of the 2019 fall regional trade shows had the opportunity to enter a promotion for one free year of IndieCommerce (a total value of $1,425).

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26 Feb

Sign Up to Receive IndieCommerce’s “IndieCommunication” E-newsletter

The twice-monthly newsletter keeps booksellers in the loop about new site features, upcoming educational events, promotions and partnerships, and more.

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24 Feb

The March ’20 Now in Paperback Flier & Shelf-Talkers

The March Indie Next List’s 12 Now in Paperback titles are featured with bookseller quotes on a downloadable flier and shelf-talkers.

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26 Feb

The Indie Sci-Fi & Fantasy 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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25 Feb

Oliver & Friends Aims to Spark Conversations in Its New Maine Community

“I’m looking forward to having people in the store, to talking about books and expanding my own realm of what I tend to read,” said owner Renee Cunningham.

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26 Feb

Around Indies

Village Books, TidePool BookShop, Oxford Comma to open; Revolution celebrates 40 years; Silver Unicorn named best retailer; Mitchell Kaplan inducted into hall of fame; Midtown Reader releases promotional video; Book Cellar manager receives award; Mercer Street Books, Greedy Reads, Old Town, Phoenix, Main Street, Third Place, Our Daily Nada featured in local news.

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