BTW - Week of March 11, 2020

10 Mar

A Letter From ABA CEO Allison Hill

“Right now we have a tremendous opportunity to reframe the conversation we’ve been having within our industry and to rethink every aspect of our business,” writes Hill in her inaugural letter to members.

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09 Mar
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Bookseller Panelists Sought for Children’s Institute Education Sessions

All booksellers are encouraged to review the program and consider sharing their expertise as a panelist at Children’s Institute. 

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11 Mar
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Last Call for BookExpo Bestsellers Grant Program Applications

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

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09 Mar
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ABA Cancels Appearance at Spring Bookseller Forums

As the forums are held in conjunction with regional bookseller association events, booksellers are encouraged to check with their regional association to learn the status of their local event.

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11 Mar
Coronavirus Resources for Booksellers

ABA Launches BookWeb Page to Track Coronavirus Updates, Changes, and Resources

In addition, booksellers are encouraged to visit BookWeb’s Bookseller-to-Bookseller Forums, where there is a new thread for stores to share tips and concerns during the outbreak.

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11 Mar

Indie Booksellers Promote Shopping Local During Coronavirus Outbreak

Booksellers across the country have begun encouraging customers to continue shopping local, whether in-person or online, as the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) continues to spread.

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11 Mar

West Coast Indie Bookstores Respond to COVID-19

Over the past few days, Bookselling This Week checked in with independent booksellers in Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Francisco to see how the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the United States is affecting business.

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10 Mar

Linda-Marie Barrett Named SIBA Executive Director

The Search Committee and Board of Directors of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance has announced the selection of Linda-Marie Barrett as SIBA’s incoming executive director beginning June 16.

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11 Mar

AdventureKEEN’s Shop Local, Live Local Campaign Raises $5,502 for Binc

“We are honored to accept this extraordinary gift from AdventureKEEN. Their give-back initiative demonstrates the power one company can have in bringing our industry together to help each other,” said Binc Executive Director Pam French.

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11 Mar

Last Call for Binc Higher Education Scholarship Applications

Today is the final day to apply for the scholarship program, which supports booksellers and comic retailers’ dependents, spouses, and partners in pursuing their higher education goals. 

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11 Mar

March Indie Next List E-Newsletter Sent to More Than 613,000 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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11 Mar

BTW News Briefs

Binc’s Bank on Booksellers returns; Bookselling Without Borders scholarship winners named; Ripped Bodice publishes fourth State of Racial Diversity in Romance report; WNDB launches internship grants; Bologna Book Fair canceled, NBCC award ceremony postponed; Emma Watson picks Sex and World Peace; HBG pulls Woody Allen memoir; RHCB launches Underlined imprint; Workman launches audio imprint; Two Rivers to distribute Welbeck; Bucknell University Press teams with Rutgers; Ingram Academic Services to distribute Edinburgh University Press; LAMBDA finalists, Stella and LBF shortlists, Walter Scott longlist announced.

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11 Mar
ABA IndieCommerce Specialist Courtney Karecki

Introducing Courtney Karecki, ABA’s New IndieCommerce Specialist

“I’m really looking forward to being able to meet members and get to know the store owners a little better,” said Karecki.

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10 Mar
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Petition Process Underway 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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10 Mar

Vote Now on 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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11 Mar
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ABFE Free Speech Report: Court Decisions, Coronavirus, Library Censorship Laws

Here’s a look at notable free speech news and the American Booksellers for Free Expression’s recent efforts.

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11 Mar
10 Mar

ABFE Issues Statement on Hachette Decision to Cancel Woody Allen Memoir

The move follows public protest about the acquisition of the title because of the allegations that Allen molested his daughter, Dylan Farrow, when she was a child. 

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11 Mar

San Francisco Approves Vacant Property Tax

Starting January 1, 2021, San Francisco will “tax owners or tenants that keep ground floor retail or other commercial space vacant in some areas of the city and to use these revenues to assist small business.” 

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11 Mar

Wi15 Education: IndieCommerce for Small Stores

ABA offers two state-of-the-art e-commerce solutions, IndieCommerce and IndieLite, to help booksellers step into the world of e-commerce.

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09 Mar

Join ABA’s March 26 Marketing Meetup

Marketing and Technology Meetups will occur as normal through April; beginning in May, ABA will experiment with a new schedule of one Marketing Meetup and one Technology Meetup per month.

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11 Mar
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IndieCommunication: New Website Features and a Password Policy Update

The most recent update from the IndieCommerce team highlights some new site features — including an add-to-cart pop-over — and a request to update passwords.

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11 Mar
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An Indies Introduce Q&A With “Stand Up, Yumi Chung!” Author Jessica Kim

“This book is hilarious, heartbreaking, and heartwarming all at once. And in the end, you will absolutely be standing up and cheering for Yumi Chung!” said Sarah True of Joseph-Beth Booksellers.

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11 Mar

The Latest Audiobook News From Libro.fm

Here, Libro.fm shares updates about the Audie Awards, turning events into audiobooks, and Women’s History Month recommendations.

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11 Mar
Bestselling author and physicist Brian Greene at an event hosted by New Dominion Bookshop.

Around Indies

Odyssey, Nowhere, Strand UWS to open; Lion’s Tooth plans bookstore; Star Line to move, go coop; Flintridge moves; {pages} celebrates 10 years; Book Revue voted best bookstore; New Dominion hosts renowned physicist; Tucson indies, Country Bookshelf, Barbara’s, Lark & Owl, Orca, Towne Book Center, Pilsen Community, Cultured, Thank You, Avid, Owosso, Dog Ears, Unlikely Story featured in local news

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