BTW - Week of March 4, 2020

04 Mar

Signup Opens for Editors Speed Dating at BookExpo

Attending booksellers will meet with groups of editors from participating publishers to talk about new and upcoming books.

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04 Mar

Spring Bookseller Forums Begin March 8

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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04 Mar

Sign Up Now for Children’s Institute

Registration for the institute is open, as are the ABA hotel room blocks and sign-up for the new Bookseller Olympics special event.

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04 Mar

The American Booksellers Association Addresses Coronavirus Concerns

Here, ABA shares updates about upcoming industry events and provides a number of resources for booksellers who are looking to prepare their businesses for the potential effects of coronavirus.

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04 Mar

Voting Underway for Proposed Association Bylaws Changes

The American Booksellers Association’s Board of Directors has proposed changes to two sections of Article IV of the association’s Bylaws.

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04 Mar

An Update on Independent Bookstore Day Merch and Promotions

Independent Bookstore Day, the national celebration of independent bookstores, will take place on April 25, 2020. Here are some important updates.

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04 Mar

Binc, Penguin Random House Open Applications for Indies With Impact Award

The Indies With Impact award funds a community outreach project for an independent bookstore working with a community nonprofit or organization of its choice. 

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03 Mar

ABA Dues Renewal: Stores to Be Moved to Inactive Status on March 13

Booksellers who have not renewed their dues are asked to submit their renewal as soon as possible.

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04 Mar

BTW News Briefs

London Book Fair canceled; WNDB grant applications open; Ingram Spark to remove certain content; S&S potentially for sale, to distribute Indigo River; FSG launches Dare to Imagine; Stanford University Press partners with De Gruyter; Stephen Rubin joins S&S; The Booksellers film, Bookable podcast debut; Audie Award, PEN America Award, Romantic Novel Award, Story Prize, Kay Sexton Award, RBC Taylor Prize winners announced; Nebula Award finalists out; Longlists announced for International Booker Prize, Women’s Prize for Fiction.

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04 Mar

Wi15 Education: Innovation Arena

A special session at Winter Institute celebrated innovations within the bookselling industry as three booksellers gave individual presentations on a range of topics that highlighted the impact stores can make on their communities and the larger world.

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04 Mar

Marketing Meetup Recap: Edelweiss360

Edelweiss360 is a new service that helps booksellers 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 Mar

Technology Meetup Recap: Ingram iPage

iPage is Ingram’s easy-to-use online search, order, and account management platform; retailers can use the platform as a comprehensive source for complete title information, product images, stock status, and more. 

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04 Mar

New “Counterspeak” Premieres on YouTube Tonight

Guest Patrick Eddington is trying to determine the extent to which FBI domestic surveillance is collecting national security or intelligence records on such domestic organizations as media outlets, organizations dedicated to the Bill of Rights, and immigration policy groups.

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04 Mar

ABFE Calls on U.S. State Department to Demand China Release Bookseller Gui Minhai

The letter comes as Gui, a Chinese-born Swedish national, was sentenced to 10 years in Chinese jail on February 24. 

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04 Mar

New York State’s Plastic Bag Ban Goes Into Effect

In addition to New York, seven other states have passed plastic bag bans. 

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03 Mar

The April 2020 Indie Next List Preview

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

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04 Mar

Kate Messner on Spring Kids’ Indie Next List Pick “Chirp”

“Messner is unparalleled in understanding young people’s minds, and her skillful and sensitive handling of difficult topics and situations makes this story one both young people and adults will be glad they read,” said Gail Meyer of The Bookstore Plus Music & Art.

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03 Mar

An Indies Introduce Q&A With Jane Healey

“A love story buried within a mystery, The Animals at Lockwood Manor is sure to keep the reader turning pages,” said Cary Shapiro, a bookseller at Plot Twist Bookstore until its recent closing.

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04 Mar

The Indie Cooking 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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02 Mar

Libro.fm’s March Audiobook Bestsellers

Libro.fm has also announced that author Jason Reynolds is the Libro.fm Bookstore Champion for March. His new release, Stamped, is featured as an ALC this month.

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04 Mar

Welcome to ABA: Escape Pod Comics

After seven years in business, owner Menachem Luchins decided to join ABA at the beginning of 2020 “to focus on moving forward as a business and store.”

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04 Mar

Around Indies

The Bookstore to open; Book + Bottle, new McNally Jackson, Bravo’s Book Nook now open; Avid Reader under new ownership; Papercuts JP reopens; Copperfield’s moves; Malaprop’s launches Leaning Chair Press; Warwick’s launches book drive; Raven Book Store owner publishes book of poetry; On the Side bookstore cats inducted into Feline Historical Society; Anderson’s hosts kids’ lit breakfast; Lit. Bar, Charis, Riverstone, A Cappella, Little City, Open Door, and Loyalty Bookstores featured in local news. 

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